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Blotto (1930)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 8 February 1930 (USA)
Stan fakes receiving a telegram so he can go to a club with Ollie and a bottle of his unsuspecting wife's liquor, but she overhears his plans.


James Parrott


Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Anita Garvin ... Mrs. Laurel


Stan purloins his wife's secret bottle of liquor to have a wild night out at the Rainbow Club with Ollie. However Mrs Laurel has replaced the booze with a noxious mixture of cold tea, mustard power and other hot ingredients. This doesn't prevent the boys from getting tipsy on the contents! Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Short | Comedy


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The print shown on TCM is the 1938 re-release, with production code approval on the title card, and an updated background musical score, similar to the one heard in Block-Heads (1938). See more »


From where they were standing, it would have been impossible for the laughing crowd to have actually seen Ollie at the phone booth. See more »


Stan: [Stan laughs to himself]
Ollie: What are you laughing at?
Stan: [Stan continues to laugh and gradually loses control of answering Ollie's question]
Stan: Wait 'til my wife finds out we drank her liquor!
StanOllie: [Both laugh hysterically]
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Alternate Versions

The original 1930 print is probably lost. The 1937 reissue print removed all technical and director credits. The Spanish language version, "Vida nocturna", features the original credits and the MGM lion as well. See more »


Edited into La vida nocturna (1930) See more »


The Curse of an Aching Heart
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Al Piantadosi
Lyrics by Henry Fink
Performed by Frank Holliday
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Amusing but not consistent
3 August 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy want to go out for a night at a bar, some sneaky drinking and an all round fun time. However, Laurel is unable to get out of the house as his wife has forbidden him. He manages to wrangle his way out of the house with the use of a faked telegram.

Having half the film with Laurel and Hardy separated was a bit of a risk, but one that the duo just about carry off. The plot sees Laurel trapped in his house by his wife while Hardy tries to contact him by phone. Laurel trying to play his wife is pretty amusing but, once the short moves out of the house it becomes less funny as the routines in the bar are less funny. It is still amusing but not quite as much.

As often happens, a Laurel and Hardy short that lacks one strong central sequence needs to achieve a consistent level of humour. This film neither has a peak or a high consistent level, meaning that it isn't as good as others in my opinion. Laurel does good work early on with his wife, and laughs convincingly towards the end. Hardy is less well used and his looks are used for reasons which are too slight and thus undervalue them slightly. Garvin is strong as Mrs Laurel though.

Overall this short needed to be consistently funny but it didn't manage to deliver it. Still funny but it lacks any parts which rise above the rest and lift the short as a whole.

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Release Date:

8 February 1930 (USA) See more »

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Angeheitert See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


| (1937 re-release) | (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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