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Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 19 August 1938 (USA)
It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to... See full summary »

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It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to visit Stan at the Soldier's Home. Thinking Stan is disabled (it's just that he's sitting on his leg), Oliver takes pity on him and takes him home for a nice home-cooked meal. But Oliver's wife has other ideas and leaves him to fend for himself. After blowing up the kitchen, Oliver is helped by his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Gilbert... until the big-game hunting Mr. Gilbert comes home unexpectedly, carrying a shotgun. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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90 minutes of joy. See more »

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This was the last of Hal Roach's Laurel & Hardy features to be released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. See more »

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When Mr. Gilbert is talking to the reporters about his hunting trip, you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the wall behind him. See more »

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Reporter: He almost made you a widow, didn't he Mrs Gilbert?
Mrs. 'Toots' Gilbert: I never have to worry about my husband, when he takes aim it's a bullseye!
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Features The Big Parade (1925) See more »

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More so than any of their other features, "Block-Heads" resembles one of their shorts stretched out to an hour
21 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy worked best in short films. Without the interference of songs or subplots, these are pure Laurel & Hardy. More so than any of their other features, "Block-Heads" resembles one of their shorts stretched out to an hour. That could be considered a problem, but "Block-Heads" is still a very enjoyable comedy. The premises for all their films are remarkably simple, but there in lies their beauty. Outside of the occasional surreal gag, they have a charming every man sense to them. The slapstick could be considered politically incorrect by todays standards, but their screen personalities are so likable it hardly matters.

Thats what ultimately makes Laurel & Hardy work so well and has endured them a cult following up to this day. They're two of the most infectious screen personalities ever and they remain lovable even when they're cruel to each other. In all their films, its their loyalty that prevails by the end, and "Block-Heads" is a perfect example. The film isn't one of their best (its not full of belly laughs from beginning to end), but is always amusing and the running time is short and sweet. Recommended to any fan. (7/10)


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