7.5/10
1,702
31 user 4 critic

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.

Director:

James Parrott
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

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

More Like This 

Tit for Tat (1935)
Comedy | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After the events in Them Thar Hills (1934), Stan and Ollie encounter their old nemesis whose grocery shop is next to their home appliances store. Unable to let bygones be bygones, a war breaks out. Will those tit-for-tat battles ever end?

Director: Charley Rogers
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Men O'War (1929)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Way Out West (1937)
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn
Big Business (1929)
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner.

Directors: James W. Horne, Leo McCarey
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Liberty (1929)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

With the police hot on their trail, Stan and Ollie attempt to change clothes in their getaway car, only to find themselves struggling to balance atop the girders of an unfinished skyscraper. Will they return to ground level in one piece?

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tom Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's Bogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns
The Scarecrow (1920)
Comedy | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Luke the Dog
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The kids from Our Gang have to attend a wedding, and they bring along their flea collection--which gets loose.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Joe Cobb
Wild Poses (1933)
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An Our Gang Comedy. Spanky's parents take their reluctant boy to get his portrait taken by a prissy photographer.

Director: Robert F. McGowan
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Mud and Sand (1922)
Comedy | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Rhubarb Vaselino lives in a small village, when he and his friend, Sapo, enter a bullfighting contest, Sapo dies, but Rhubarb kills three bulls and becomes a local hero earning money. Two ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Pratt
Stars: Stan Laurel, Mae Laurel, Julie Leonard
One A.M. (1916)
Comedy | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his home after arriving home late at night.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Albert Austin
Cops (1922)
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The illusion of Laurel and Hardy as children was achieved by duplicating the "adult" set in a larger form, including doors, the staircase and furniture. 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!
See more »

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

Referenced in Their First Mistake (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Metro Goldwyn Fanfare
(uncredited)
Music by William Axt
Played during the opening credits
See more »

User Reviews

Enjoyable routines and the gimmick of them playing two roles pays off
5 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

With their wives out for the night, Laurel and Hardy are left to look after their sons. However, not having enough trouble simply trying to enjoy their games of draughts and pool, the two children are just as much of a handful as their dads.

As with many of their best shorts, the plot here is simple and allows for several extended sequences around the same theme. Here we have several good sequences – none of which would make the short it itself but together they work. The gimmick (for that is what it is) of Laurel and Hardy also playing their sons works quite well – although in the scenes where the adults and children are separate it doesn't really matter who is who as it's very much a case of `like father like son'.

The sequences are nothing you haven't seen before but the delivery of them is good and the short doesn't really dip more than once. That `once' is where Hardy sings. I enjoy his voice and always liked the features where he got more of a chance to sing a proper song, however here it goes on for a little longer than it should. The punch line is good but I really had hoped for more. Because it had been built up for about 3 minutes before it actually arrives I had been pumped up and then was a bit deflated by the actual delivery – but this was a minor flaw as I found the majority to be of their usual standard.

As adults or kids Laurel and Hardy are great. In all honesty there is no significant difference between their delivery as kids or adults but this doesn't matter. This is a fine example of their abilities as the two of them are the only people in the film – they carry the film and hold 100% of screen time. I know this must sound easy in a 20 minutes short but I feel that it only appears easy because they make it all look so effortless.

Overall this may be a little gimmicky but it works very well. I am probably a little jaded seeing adults playing kids etc in one form or another in recent movies but here the film moves past the gimmick and delivers classic Laurel and Hardy – just in two separate strands which come together in a flood of chuckles by the end.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed