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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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This is the only Laurel and Hardy film in which Laurel's character is married and Hardy's is not. See more »


Stan climbs out of his window in order to send himself a telegram. The window blinds are a third of the way down on the external shots but fully up on the internal shots. See more »


Stan: Good-bye.
Mrs. Laurel: [Calling after Stan as he leaves the house] Good-bye, Stanley.
[Looking into bushes where Ollie is hiding]
Mrs. Laurel: Good-bye, Mr. Hardy.
[Mrs. Laurel closes the front door]
Ollie: Is she wise?
Stan: No. She doesn't suspect a thing.
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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 »


Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #22.4 (2009) See more »


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Music by Al Piantadosi
Lyrics by Henry Fink
Performed by Frank Holliday
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This is Great Liquor!
12 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This short film's direction is twofold. One is to avoid their wive's control over them (they always seemed to have wives who were much smarter, and much meaner than them) by stealing some alcohol from them. The other is to see what happens to them as they drink the tea that has replaced the liquor. The title of the film tells us that someone is going to get really drunk. Of course, they have already blown it before they go to the bottle club (taking a risk during prohibition) because of Ollie's big mouth (he is overheard by his wife). Anyway, the scene at the club is hilarious because the power of suggestion is more powerful than the realities of the human body. This is laugh riot. Will they pay a price for their actions? That's the question.

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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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