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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Crime | 6 September 1930 (USA)
It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and ... See full summary »

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
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Storyline

It looks like the boys won't need to fish off the end of the pier to feed themselves any longer when Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate. But when he and Oliver arrive for the reading of the will, they learn that Ebenezer was murdered, and that Stan, along with all the other relatives, is a prime suspect. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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MORE LAUGHS THAN YOU'VE EVER HAD! (Print Ad- Rochester Evening Journal, ((Rochester NY)) 24 September 1930)

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Stan and Ollie are seeking the $3,000,000 inheritance of a Ebeneezer Laurel. In 2020, this amount of money, due to inflation, is equivalent to $50,943,750. See more »

Goofs

Stan is standing in the hall of Laurel Mansion with wet patches on his jacket from the rain outside, but when he goes upstairs, he's dry. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Hardy: [to Stan, of course] You've gotten me in enough trouble!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided that they needed a rest - -

  • They had been looking for work since 1921 -
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in ALF: Mr. Sandman (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played in the score
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It Made Me Laugh
9 January 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The only problem I have with the Laurel and Hardy shorts is that the memory cheats a little , that is watching many many years after I first saw them as a child they`re not as funny as I first remembered due to the technical aspects of film making of the time . The shorts are rather stagey , slightly stilted . But if you can forgive that you`ll have no problem enjoying Stan and Ollie.

And I consider MURDER CASE to be just about the best L&H short . Classic moments are the bat hidden in the bed sheet , the picture illuminated on the wall , and the tailors dummy , scenes that had me laughing out loud. The only weak point is - as many reviewers have noted - the cop out ending which I suppose may have been fresh in 1930 but has been done to death by too many lazy writers since then


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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