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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

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

One of the few films for which Hardy shaved off his mustache to play his own son. 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

When released in a computer colorized version, the following scene was deleted: after Ollie had fallen down the stairs after tripping on the roller skate, Stan helps him up then trips on the same roller skate, which rolls across the room and crashes into the cat. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

My Fate Is in Your Hands
(uncredited)
Music by Fats Waller
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Oliver Hardy: "I'll get the water. You might spill it," before the avalanche of water...
12 January 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Especially interesting for the miniatures of STAN LAUREL and OLIVER HARDY, since they play dual roles of father and son. The "brats" in the title are the kids who distract their fathers from playing a game of chess and are told to quiet down.

All of the sight gags are fun to watch and the trick photography with the "kids" appearing to cope with over-sized furniture and props is another point of interest.

For the finale, the "kids" forget to turn the water in the tub off after Hardy gets cooled off by the ever thoughtful Stan. The cooling process backfires when the lads forget to turn the water off. The movie concludes with Oliver promising to get the kids a glass of water if they promise to go to sleep.

As Stan starts for the bathroom door, Oliver stops him. "I'll get the water. You might spill it." And then the avalanche of water for the final shot.

Good gags and plotting make this one of the duos more enjoyable shorts, all of it benefiting from the performances of Laurel and Hardy.


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