Brats (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Short, Family  |  22 March 1930 (USA)
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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 <>

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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.


Comedy | Short | Family


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Release Date:

22 March 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Kind in der Wanne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only Laurel and Hardy film in which they play fathers. See more »


Oliver Jr. goes from being soaked after falling into the bathtub but appears to be completely dry within seconds. See more »


Ollie Sr.: [in an irritable bossy tone of voice] Shoot THAT ball!
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Referenced in Their First Mistake (1932) See more »


Go to Sleep, My Baby
Sung by Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
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Laurel & Hardy as REAL kids this time!
16 December 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were of course already big kids in their movies but this time they also play kids.

Beside the roles of the two young children, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, of course also portray the two fathers. This guarantees some hilarious sequences between the two kids and the two fathers. Most of the time Laurel & Hardy are playing against, well, Laurel & Hardy. It makes some of the sequences work out all the more hilarious.

For the sequences with the children the sets are made to look larger. So large toys, a large bed and a large bathroom, among other things. It makes the movie good looking and above all also very original.

Of course Laurel & Hardy look nothing like children, after all they both were close to 40 years old at the time of this movie. Yet it becomes very believable because of the acting of the two with each other. They both help each other out in this movie to make their performances work out as both good and hilarious.

The movie features some really great and funny sequences, such as Oliver going done a staircase on a roller-skate and Laurel & Hardy being washed away by a large flood wave. The movie has some truly unique and hilarious comical moments in it that makes "Brats" an original as well as an hilarious comedy short. It also features plenty of enough slapstick to please the fans but it above all is a movie that should entertain just basically everybody.

Not just your typical average Laurel & Hardy comedy short!


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