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Leave 'em Laughing (1928)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 28 January 1928 (USA)
In the dead of night, a terrible toothache wakes up poor Stan, and after a series of home-made remedies, Ollie takes him to the dentist. There, ample amounts of laughing gas lead to the perfect mess. Will Stan ever visit the dentist again?

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Reed Heustis (titles), Hal Roach (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Charlie Hall ... The Landlord
Edgar Kennedy ... Cop
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Storyline

Leaving the dentist's office, where Hardy's teeth have been extracted by mistake, the boys, still under the influence of laughing gas, meet up with a traffic cop (Kennedy) and cause a huge traffic jam. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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1920s | 20s | night | pain | tooth | See All (51) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aerio Geliou See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent | Mono (musical score)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sequences in the dentist scene would later be recycled in Pardon Us 1931. See more »

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Stan an Ollie are in bed with Stan suffering from toothache. Ollie fills a hot water bottle and places it on the pillow for Stan to put his head on it. The stopper comes out of the bottle and soaks the bed which wakes Ollie up. He picks up the limp bottle and throws it on the floor. A while later he gets out of bed and steps on the bottle and water shoots up his leg. See more »

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Dental fun
10 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

While not classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better, 'Leave Em Laughing' is a lot of fun. Before, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in most of the previous outings had too little to do. 'Leave Em Laughing' is one of their first very good efforts, to me it's easily one of their best at this point of their careers and one of the first to feel like a Laurel and Hardy short rather than a short featuring them.

'Leave Em Laughing' does take a little too long to get going, coming to life when at the dentist.

Also found that the ending went on longer than it should have done.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious. It is wonderful seeing Hardy having more to do and he is on Laurel's level and actually even funnier. The chemistry is certainly much more here than in previous outings of theirs, namely because there's more of them together and it was starting to feel like a partnership. Support is nice.

A good deal of the humour, particularly when at the dentist and the effects of the laughing gas, is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny (hilarious at its best), with everything going at a lively pace and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going. 'Leave Em Laughing' looks quite good still.

In summary, a lot of fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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