7.6/10
3,322
47 user 18 critic

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.

Director:

John G. Blystone

Writers:

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

Photos

Edit

Cast

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)
Learn more

More Like This 

Our Relations (1936)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two pairs of long-lost twin brothers experience high jinks involving a valuable ring, cases of mistaken identity, and gangsters.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As a reward for capturing a bank robber, Stan and Ollie get scholarship to Oxford, but are met with resentment by other students.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey
Saps at Sea (1940)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Pardon Us (1931)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe
Swiss Miss (1938)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »

Directors: John G. Blystone, Hal Roach
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Grete Natzler
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Horne, Charley Rogers, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd
Busy Bodies (1933)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dick Gilbert
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase
Certificate: Passed Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two war veterans help orphaned child to find her grandfather.

Directors: George Marshall, Ray McCarey, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Don Dillaway
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ollie has fallen in love with the innkeeper's daughter in Paris. The only problem - she's very much in love with her husband. To forget her he joins the Foreign Legion with Stan. Bad idea.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After an endless cycle of dish washing, Ollie makes a withdrawal, ending up in the hospital after buying a grandfather clock. Only a generous blood transfusion can help him bounce back; however, is modern medicine prepared for the outcome?

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Daphne Pollard
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too - but making a boat seaworthy is not an easy task.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

90 MINUTES of Joy (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was released in Spain in 1963 as "Heroes de tachuela". The film never was shown in Spain before this year, but the distributor, Hispamex, tried to pass this off as a reissue, due to re releases licenses were cheaper. That's why Hispamex titled the movie as "Heroes de tachuela", a title that was used in the 30s for another Laurel and Hardy movie, Beau Hunks. See more »

Goofs

Stan keeps sitting on Mrs. Gilbert (Patricia Ellis), who is disguised as a chair. Ollie is wearing his bowler when he first tells Stan to sit down and then get up but in the next shot he has it in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Gilbert: If you keep cool, everything is all right. And I was cool. I had a chill in my back!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940) See more »

User Reviews

Stan in the war
27 April 2000 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

It's the year 1938 and the war has been over for twenty years. But Stan is still patrolling in the trenches without knowing that the war is over.Stan's good buddy Oliver sees his friend's picture in the paper and goes to the veterans' home to get his buddy. Block-Heads is a hilarious Laurel and Hardy comedy.The movie offers you lots of laughs with the boys.Who could forget the scene where Ollie carries Stannie because he thinks Stan has lost his leg in the war.But Stan has the leg underneath him in the wheelchair.And the scene in the stairs.Block-Heads is one of the best Laurel and Hardy movies.Just watch the movie and it's non-stop laughing from the beginning to the end.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Jiffy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed