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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.

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 »
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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)
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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 Happiness and Hi-Jinks (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Jiffy See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mrs. Hardy's car, which the boys destroy, is a 1936 Ford Convertible. See more »

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When Mr. Gilbert (Billy Gilbert) is talking to the reporters about his hunting trip, you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the wall behind him. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [in apartment 1313] Were the eggs done enough this morning, dear? Is there anything else, dear? I almost burned my finger on the bacon this morning.
[Mrs. Hardy sighs]
Oliver: Light of my love, you've got something on your mind. You can't fool your baby Oliver.
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Stan in the war
27 April 2000 | by Petri PelkonenSee 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.


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