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Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 19 August 1938 (USA)
Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.


John G. Blystone


Charley Rogers (original story and screen play) (as Charles Rogers), Felix Adler (original story and screen play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Patricia Ellis ... Mrs. Gilbert
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Hardy
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Gilbert
James Finlayson ... Finn - Man on Stairs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zeffie Tilbury ... Dowager Seated Near Stairs (scenes deleted)


It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to visit Stan at the Soldier's Home. Thinking Stan is disabled (it's just that he's sitting on his leg), Oliver takes pity on him and takes him home for a nice home-cooked meal. But Oliver's wife has other ideas and leaves him to fend for himself. After blowing up the kitchen, Oliver is helped by his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Gilbert... until the big-game hunting Mr. Gilbert comes home unexpectedly, carrying a shotgun. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


90 MINUTES of Joy (original poster) See more »


Comedy | War


Approved | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 10 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Friday 4 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Philadelphia Thursday 9 June 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »


Ollie is pushing Stan in the wheelchair when Stan says that he's thirsty. Ollie picks up a hose pipe, gives it to Stan and goes to turn it on. Stan had the end of the hose pointing at Ollie resulting in him getting soaked. He turns the water off, returns to Stan and he's dry. See more »


Oliver: But, Toots, Stan is different.
Mrs. Hardy: I'll say he's different! And don't call me Toots!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1917 See more »

Alternate Versions

In order to make it fit into a TV package in the 50s, it was edited down to a short and retitled "Do It Yourself." See more »


References We Faw Down (1928) See more »

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Here's another fine mess they got themselves into (I mean that in a positive way).
3 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Block-Heads" begins in WWI, where Stan and Ollie are in a platoon fighting in Europe. While Ollie and the rest of the group go into battle, Stan has to guard the post. You can tell that he's doing his job, because he continues doing it for twenty years after the war ends. After he returns to America, he and Ollie meet up again, and from there, they do their usual stuff. Probably the best scene was the football scene (I won't spoil it). But the wheelchair, temptress, garage door and kitchen all provide some laughs. They may play blockheads in the movie, but believe you me, Laurel and Hardy were comic geniuses. Gilligan and the Skipper were sort of a later version of them, and Chris Farley and David Spade were an even later version.

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19 August 1938 (USA) See more »

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Just a Jiffy See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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