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...
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Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain.... See full summary »
Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »
A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »
Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »
Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins ... See full summary »
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
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More so than any of their other features, "Block-Heads" resembles one of their shorts stretched out to an hour
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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