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Brats (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Short, Family | 22 March 1930 (USA)
Laurel and Hardy's bid for a quiet evening of checkers and pool is constantly interrupted by their squabbling brats little Ollie and little Stanley.

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James Parrott
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Sr. / Stanley Jr.
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie Sr. / Oliver Jr.
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver are trying to spend a relaxing night at home playing checkers, but the antics of their mischievous sons keep interrupting their recreation. Exasperated, the fathers send their misbehaving offspring to bed and start in on a furniture-destroying game of billiards. Upstairs, the kids continue to cause a ruckus and leave the bathtub faucet running full force. Finally, Oliver asks if they'll go to sleep if he gives them each a drink of water, then heads for the bathroom door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy remained at home to take care of the children -- Their wives had gone out to target practice. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A German version was made, but is not known to have survived. See more »

Goofs

The bathtub fills completely up with water in under 15 seconds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ollie Sr.: Will you brats keep quiet? How do you expect me to **concentrate**?
Stan Jr.: Well, Oliver won't let me play with my blocks.
Ollie Sr.: [to Ollie Jr] Will you leave Stanley alone - and play quietly.
Stan Sr.: [speaking in a calmer and more conciliatory tone] Certainly, if you must make a noise, make it **quietly**!
Ollie Sr.: [in a deeply derisive tone] Make a noise **quietly**...! Hmph!
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Alternate Versions

Several Laurel & Hardy shorts were released in the late 1930's with new titling and music scores. Most of these exist only in revised form however, Brats is also exists in its original 1930 version. See more »

Connections

Version of Glückliche Kindheit (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby - Oh Where Can You Be?
(uncredited)
Music by Frank Magine
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Very Creative
27 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

One of Laurel & Hardy's most creative short features, "Brats" has both comedians playing a dual role. Stanley and Oliver are baby-sitting for little Stanley and Little Oliver, played by themselves, with very imaginative use of over-sized props and settings. The adults try to play checkers and play pool, not always without comic difficulties, while meanwhile the children get into one problem after another, requiring occasional correction from the adults. This short feature has a lot of creative material, clever settings, good cross-cutting, and several very good laughs.

Any fan of these two great entertainers should find this movie to be very amusing.


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