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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

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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 »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stan's suggestion of "if you must make a noise, make it quietly" was repeated by Ollie in Their First Mistake (1932) and Great Guns (1941). See more »

Goofs

The bedroom door doorknob - which had broken - was back together when the fathers first came to the bedroom. 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

Spoofed in The Dukes of Hazzard: A Little Game of Pool (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

'Tain't No Sin (to Dance Around in Your Bones)
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
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Brats -- L&H's first talkie classic
23 November 2011 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie try to spend quiet evening at home while the wives are out but find their quiet constantly interrupted by their children, also played by Stan and Ollie, who are definitely chips off the old Blockheads.

It is obvious that a great deal of time and money was lavished on this short, as evidenced by all of the over-sized props and furnishings constructed to create the illusion of the boys as, well, boys. It also seems as if more attention was given to the photography of this short as well. Technically, across the board, it was there best sound short to date.

There is essentially no real plot -- only a series of Stan and Ollie's adult diversions being interrupted by younger Stan and Ollie's childish antics. The gags, for the most part, consist of the simple slapstick at which Laurel & Hardy excelled, but the novelty of the situation gives it a fresh perspective. The humor also builds toward a large, climactic gag.

A novelty, yes, but a classic. A must see for people interested in the team.


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