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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short | Crime  -  6 September 1930 (USA)
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It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and ... See full summary »



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It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and Oliver arrive for the reading of the will, they learn that Ebenezer was murdered, and that Stan, along with all the other relatives, is a prime suspect. Written by Paul Penna <>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided they needed a rest -- They had been out of work since 1921.


Comedy | Short | Crime | Mystery


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6 September 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The elaborate interior sets built for this short were kept and used for future productions up through some of Hal Roach's television productions in the 1950s. See more »


The newspaper is restored after being crumpled twice. See more »


Oliver: Where were you born?
Stanley: I don't know.
Oliver: Fancy not knowing where you were born!
Stanley: Well, I was too young to remember.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played in the score
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Somewhat Slow-Paced, But With the Usual Hilarious Moments
27 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

A little longer and more slow-paced than most of their short features, "The Laurel & Hardy Murder Case" combines the duo's usual comedy gags with some old-fashioned gloomy-old-house atmosphere. When Stanley reads in the paper about the death of a rich man named Laurel, he and Ollie head to the house for the reading of the will, hoping that Stanley will inherit something. Instead, they are soon caught up in a murder mystery and a series of spooky/comic events. The attention paid to the ominous house and occupants slows things down, and makes this a lot less frantic than their best comedies, but it is still entertaining, and has a couple of hilarious sequences.

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