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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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

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Short | Comedy | 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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This is the first short film in which Oliver Hardy says to Stan Laurel, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" See more »

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The killer's knife is obviously rubber. See more »

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Stanley: Ollie?
Oliver: What's the matter?
Stanley: I'm scared.
Oliver: Well, that's nothing to be afraid of!
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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
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Very funny despite becoming more of a horror spoof than a crime caper
30 December 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst sleeping on a pier, Hardy notices that a man called Laurel has died and that his $3million estate will be divided at the will reading that night. They go to the will reading but find that the police have set it up to get all the relatives together to find who has murdered old man Laurel. The pair must stay in the old house with all the relatives – knowing a murderer (and a ghost!) may be among them.

I have always enjoyed Laurel and Hardy although some of their stuff isn't as consistent as you'd hope. Happily I found this to be very enjoyable even if it did start to spin off into being a horror spoof rather than the murder case of the title. The main humour involves pratfalls and running scared from various things that could be ghosts etc, but it does have some nice touches (the usual looks to the camera from Hardy) as well as some real nice lines. `$3,000,000' exclaims Laurel `is that more than a thousand?' `don't be foolish,' retorts Hardy `it's TWICE as much!'. The self-mocking humour helps lift the comedy above the level of people just falling down.

Both leads are excellent and I have always enjoyed Hardy's work to involve the audience by giving them looks of frustration at Laurel's foolishness! Laurel of course is just as good with double takes and god physical work. The support cast are not really worth a mention as you may not even notice they are there behind the dominant leads.

Overall I laughed out loud plenty of times during this short. The comedy may be basic routines that you've seen before but it's done so well and with so many nice touches that you'll enjoy it. The only weakness is that the plot is far from your mind for the most part and is weak when the film needs an ending.


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