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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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Taglines:

The Laugh Kings are in again (Print Ad- Vancouver Sun, ((Vancouver BC)) 1 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The framed photograph next to the clock on the mantelpiece is of Jean Harlow. 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

Version of Glückliche Kindheit (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Satisfied
(uncredited)
Music by Cliff Friend
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Laurel and Hardy as their own kids
6 January 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The 'Brats' of the title are mini-Laurel and mini-Hardy, working with over-sized props to give the impression of kids into everything from a bathtub to a wooden chest of drawers.

We find their dads playing a game of draughts (with suitable cheating) while the sons cause havoc and noise. After they are banished upstairs, the kids manage to half-wreck the place and set up a predictable, but still funny, pay-off.

For the facial reactions, the clever set-ups, and Mr Hardy's singing (trying in vain to get the tots to sleep), 'Brats' scores high on the comedy list. There's genuinely good stuff in this short.


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