Brats (1930)

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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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22 March 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Kind in der Wanne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few films for which Hardy shaved off his mustache to play his own son. See more »


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


Ollie Jr.: [after being warned for the last time to be quiet] Let's play hide and seek!
Stan Jr.: You're it.
Ollie Jr.: No, you're it!
Stan Jr.: No, you're it!
Ollie Jr.: No, you're it!
Stan Jr.: [crying loudly] I don't want to be it! WAH!
[throws a tantrum]
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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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Oliver Hardy: "I'll get the water. You might spill it," before the avalanche of water...
12 January 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Especially interesting for the miniatures of STAN LAUREL and OLIVER HARDY, since they play dual roles of father and son. The "brats" in the title are the kids who distract their fathers from playing a game of chess and are told to quiet down.

All of the sight gags are fun to watch and the trick photography with the "kids" appearing to cope with over-sized furniture and props is another point of interest.

For the finale, the "kids" forget to turn the water in the tub off after Hardy gets cooled off by the ever thoughtful Stan. The cooling process backfires when the lads forget to turn the water off. The movie concludes with Oliver promising to get the kids a glass of water if they promise to go to sleep.

As Stan starts for the bathroom door, Oliver stops him. "I'll get the water. You might spill it." And then the avalanche of water for the final shot.

Good gags and plotting make this one of the duos more enjoyable shorts, all of it benefiting from the performances of Laurel and Hardy.

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