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Brats (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Short, Family | 22 March 1930 (USA)
Laurel and Hardy's bid for a quiet evening of checkers and pool is constantly interrupted by their squabbling brats little Ollie and little Stanley.

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Stanley and Oliver are trying to spend a relaxing night at home playing checkers, but the antics of their mischievous sons keep interrupting their recreation. Exasperated, the fathers send their misbehaving offspring to bed and start in on a furniture-destroying game of billiards. Upstairs, the kids continue to cause a ruckus and leave the bathtub faucet running full force. Finally, Oliver asks if they'll go to sleep if he gives them each a drink of water, then heads for the bathroom door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy remained at home to take care of the children -- Their wives had gone out to target practice.

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Comedy | Short | Family

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22 March 1930 (USA)  »

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Das Kind in der Wanne  »

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A German version was made, but is not known to have survived. See more »

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The bathtub fills completely up with water in under 15 seconds. See more »

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Ollie Sr.: Will you brats keep quiet? How do you expect me to concentrate?
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Music by Cliff Friend
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Chips of the old blocks
17 January 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Brats is unusual a short for Laurel&Hardy because the boys have no supporting players. No Jimmy Finlayson, no Mae Busch to bounce some of the laughs. They are on their own in Brats, times two.

With a little bit of trick photography Hal Roach had both an adult version and a junior version of the boys. It's a father and sons night and they are watching the kids as the wives are apparently having a girl's night out.

No doubt physically, no doubt mentally that these are indeed their father's sons. Both the adults and the Brats get into the same monkey shine situations.

The kids with special oversize sets built by Hal Roach have some wonderful bits. They're offered a nice nickel to whoever gets ready for bed first. Little Ollie steals the nickel, but little Stan gets even so Ollie will have a bit of discomfort before he can spend that nickel.

My other favorite is them trying to catch an animated mouse and little Stan shooting little Ollie with an air rifle at his widest portion.

This one is the boys and Hal Roach at their best.


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