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Laughing Gravy (1930)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | November 1930 (USA)
Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

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

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

Stanley and Oliver try unsuccessfully to keep their pet dog, "Laughing Gravy" hidden from their grumpy landlord, who throws the pooch out into the snow. The rescue and further attempts to hide the dog result in mayhem, which is interrupted by the arrival of a registered letter informing Stanley that he's inherited a fortune from his rich uncle. There's one catch, though: he has to renounce his friendship with Oliver, who the uncle characterizes as a "nitwit." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Charlie Hall plays the dog-hating landlord. In real life, he would later adopt one of Laughing Gravy's puppies. See more »

Goofs

After Stan has pulled the dog up in the sheet and closed the window, Ollie shouts 'Hey'. From behind, he has both hands to his mouth, but only one from the front. See more »

Quotes

Stan: [Referring to Laughing Gravy] Watcha gonna do with him?
Landlord: You know my rules about dogs. I'm going to throw him out!
Ollie: On a night like this?
Landlord: Listen, if I wasn't so kind-'earted, I'd throw you out too. Now get to bed!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy stuck together through thick and thin -

One pocketbook between them - Always empty - See more »

Alternate Versions

Spanish and French language versions of this film were also produced simultaneously. Laurel and Hardy read from cue cards with their lines written phonetically in the appropriate languages. At the time of early talkies, the process of dubbing was not yet perfected. See more »

Connections

Edited into Les carottiers (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Be Sorry Just Too Late
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Gaston
Sung a cappella by Oliver Hardy in the three-reel version
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Not their best work but good laughs nonetheless
18 April 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy are still together despite having one empty pocket book between them. They have a reasonable room in a hostel but have to keep their dog, Laughing Gravy, hidden from the landlord else they'll be put out on the street. One winter's night, Gravy's constant barking threatens to expose them so they take action to keep him hidden – with limited success.

As always, the Laurel and Hardy shorts are perhaps less important for their plot than they are for the often wonderful sequences that the plot device allows for. Here the plot device is an `illegal' (in terms of contract) dog. The ways they try to hide the dog and the consequences of their actions are funny without being wonderful. As usual Hardy's (and a lesser extent, Laurel's) looks to camera make it all better than it actually is.

Unusually for their shorts, the conclusion of the story allows for a scene of touching honesty between the two, as Hardy becomes quite vulnerable with Laurel. This was a refreshing addition to the mix which, while not tear jerking, was unexpected. As always (for me anyway) Hardy steals the show with his looks to camera but Laurel is as subtle as ever. Charlie Hall is making a bit too much effort but is OK.

Overall this isn't the greatest of their work but it is a good example of everything I love about them as a duo. Their talents make this short better than it probably should be.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laurel and Hardy: Laughing Gravy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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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