Welcome everyone, let’s have a good laugh! Laughter is the best medicine, as the famous saying goes!
Laurel and Hardy comedy drama is our family’s favourite weekend treat which I eagerly look forward to. On every Saturday night, I pull out a DVD from the L&H collection and the very next moment, we are in stiches !
Mr Laurel is the thin and short one with hilarious, clumsy behaviour, while the fat and bossy one who is always imaculately dressed is Mr. Hardy, who is quite capable of messing everything up as he famously blames it on his chum, Mr Laurel, “Here is another nice mess you got me into”.
The subtle humour in their dialogues as well as the full blown comody from beginning to the end, wrapped with mesmerising music and dancing clips, makes this an enchanting entertainment for any ages.
So, no wonder that, in my opinion, over a hundred years on and no one comes near to being as funny as these two.
Stan Laurel was born in England and Oliver Hardy who was born in America brought together by Hal Roach, the Hollywood director, seeing how the two complement each other beyond his expectations. Hence, he teamed them up and made hundrends of short, classical comedy films which started to rock the world up until now.
The interplay between them with perfect harmonising of on screen body chemistry is quite sublime, which leads us to believe that they were put on this earth by a higher force to entertain the world.
See this dance clip in, ” Way Out Of West “ that will prove how charming the way the two blend into one with such crisp and smooth dancing movements as if they were floating in the air to the melodious background music.
“Way out of West” with its beautiful dance sequence is the most loved short film of L&H fans; but my favourite one is “Brats” in which the two are shown in their miniature figures as their own children. It’s incredible that how they appeared the size of kids side by side their own selves as parents because during that time, filming technology was at its basic stage. I learnt that they made huge furniture so that the two looked in miniature figures. The ending of this film is so funny, I always end up laughing until my sides ache.
Me sitting on the arm of a giant chair. See how small I look. This is the impression they have given in Brats!
Have a peek on both of these classic comedies by clicking on the clips below:
“Way out of West”