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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

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Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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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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Taglines:

Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy decided they needed a rest -- They had been out of work since 1921.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Oliver is looking at the newspaper ad, the initials of the person who placed the ad are L.A.H., representing Laurel and Hardy. See more »

Goofs

When the boys awaken from the dream sequence, fighting over the fishing line, Stan rolls over to the other side of Ollie and you can clearly see his hat falling off. When he rolls back, he leaves the hat behind, but after they both fall into the water and Ollie loses his hat as well, Stan's hat is suddenly missing on the dockside and there are two hats floating around in the water. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: Septober... Octember... No wonder.
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Alternate Versions

Foreign-release prints ran one reel longer than the American version, and included a scene in which the Boys travel to the Laurel mansion by train. See more »


Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played in the score
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Some good bits
17 December 2003 | by knsevySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS FOR EMILY***

This is one of Laurel & Hardy's weaker short film entries from Hal Roach Studios. It suffers from a repetitive script and an ending that feels so tacked-on that I can't help but wonder if the crew realized they were filming a mess with no good resolution.

The byplay between Stan and Oliver is the bright spot, though some of the gags in the bedroom scene are a little too hokey to get much of a laugh - that has to be the fakiest fake bat I've EVER seen in a movie.

The opening scene, with the Boys fishing off the pier, contains most of the movie's funniest material. You can always find something good about even the weakest Laurel & Hardy film.


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