This page lists all of my favourite scenes in all 106 films of Laurel & Hardy in their chronological order of release.
*PAGE STILL VERY MUCH UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
|title||Favourite scene [image]||Description|
|1||The Lucky Dog||I think if I am totally honest I would say my favourite bit has to be the first on-screen time the boys share together. Ollie is in the middle of robbing some poor fella when Stan waltzes past and discovers a dog in his briefcase. He bends down to pick it up, oblivious to the fact that behind him a mugger (Hardy) is loading his pockets with money. Stan and Ollie are soon face-to-face and this was the first of many more memorable moments between the two men to follow.... although it would be 6 years since they would share the screen again.|
|2||45 Minutes From Hollywood|
|3||Duck Soup||Colonel Blood is an ill-tempered man. Locking him in his own closet is not advisible. But Stan, dressed as the housemaid Agnes does it, much to his regret. The Colonel kicks the door from the inside so hard that his boot connects with Stan and sends him flying across the room - straight into the arms of Hardy.|
|5||Love 'Em And Weep||The funniest part of this film in my opinion is the absurd situation James Finlayson finds himself in at the end. Trying to leave his house with his ex-girlfriend on his back and disguised under her fur coat. His wife catches him, he smiles and says, "I'll bet you suspect something"!|
|6||Why Girls Love Sailors|
|7||With Love And Hisses|
|8||Sugar Daddies||In what is an otherwise mediocre comedy, the scene where Stan, Ollie and James Finlayson get caught in a rotating wooden drum in the Fun House is the best scene in the film. As a crowd looks on from behind, the three men spin helplessly around, each taking their bumps and (probably) loving every minute of it. Fin milks the scene, with Stan and Ollie adding to the comedy.|
|10||Now I'll Tell One||The judge asks the wife when her husband started coming home drunk, and she replies that she was doing her washing. The next scene shows her rhythmically bouncing her head and body up and down in such a violent manner that she tires herself out. What is so funny about the scene is we go from a pretty slow-moving courtroom discussion into a complete opposite pace of a scene. Try watching it without laughing - it isn't easy!|
|11||The Second Hundred Years||Right at the end when Stan and Ollie realise the prisoners on the cell block have recognised them Stan quickly nicks Ollie's hat, which briefly exposes his skin-head haircut. Ollie quickly grabs the hat back from Stan and replaces it back on his own head. I just love Ollie's facial reaction to Stan's cheek!
A moment of comic genius, which is very brief but effective from the duo who were just starting to develop their characteristics here.
|12||Call Of The Cuckoo||The Gimplewart's house is a complete joke. Nothing is secured to anything, the floors are uneven, the electric, gas and water supply are all mixed up and to demonstrate just how bad the ground is Max Davidson places a spirit level down to see the extent of the problem. It's so uneven that the tool slides off along the floor.|
|14||Do Detectives Think?||Oh this is a great scene! The Slasher (Noah Young) is after Stan, who is running around the house trying to escape from his enormous knife. They run off camera before returning shortly afterwards with Stan's head deep in his collar and the maniac wielding his weapon, giving the impression that Stan's head had been chopped off. What a sight gag!|
|15||Putting Pants On Philip|
|16||The Battle Of The Century||It has to be the world record-breaking pie fight, which used 3,000 pies in the short sequence in reel two.|
|17||Leave 'Em Laughing|
|18||Flying Elephants||Whereas I don't like to be biased, I am going to be here. I like it how Stan gives it all the big man routine and makes some bold statements about what he would like to do with/to Dorothy Coburn (well, come on, who wouldn't?) but then to see her kick his ass around for a good minute is a joy to watch. There is not one L&H co-star who would come out on top in a fight with Ms. Coburn.... well, with the possible exception of Blanche Payson, that is.|
|19||The Finishing Touch|
|20||From Soup To Nuts||Stan has slipped on a banana peel whilst carrying the soup dish. He falls, it spills, the guests get covered. Beefy host Tiny Sandford angrily reacts to this and tries to intimidate poor Stan by threatening to hit him. The much smaller Stan anticipates the assault and beats him to the punch. So much so that it sends Sandford on his way without retaliation.
It's always a joy to see the boys getting the upper hand on one of their closest 'rivals', especially somebody the size of Tiny Sandford, who to be fair gets an unfair amount of punishment in this film from everybody!
|21||You're Darn Tootin'|
|22||Their Purple Moment|
|23||Should Married Men Go Home?||Hard to pin down a specific favourite moment in this film but I guess it has to be the mud fight (how did you know I was going to nominate that scene?!) It all gets just a little too much out of hand in the end with everybody throwing mud at everybody. It looks messy but also looks like a helluva lot of fun they all had filming it. Well, it makes a nice change from pies being thrown I suppose!
I hope they had some baths nearby for when the days filming wrapped, that's all I can say.
|24||Early To Bed||It's quite an unusual choice here but the scene that I always remember the most is Ollie offering to shake Stan's hand at then end, after all the chaos and destruction and wanting to be friends again. It's quite a touching moment and although the film does have some good gags, it's these few frames of footage which does it for me.|
|25||Two Tars||The montage of cars which are waved on by cop Edgar Dearing at the end of the film is a humourous sight, I cannot deny that. However, it is Stan's assault on Sam Lufkin which cracks me up the most. Motorist Lufkin has pulled Stan up for damaging his car but Stan isn't having any of it and so casually walks over to a cement mixer, grabs a lump of wet cement, takes off Lufkin's hat and slams the cement down hard on his head. Not content with this, Stan then replaces his hat and slams that down on his head as well. It's a viscous assault and done with great comical effect. Stan emerges as the victor briefly, until Lufkin slashes the boy's rear tyre.|
|27||We Faw Down|
|28||Liberty||One of the most breathtaking and visually magnificent scenes in all of their work was the incredible bravery and stunt work of Stan Laurel as he is dangling in mid-air on the girder. 100% admiration.|
|29||Wrong Again||The boys are trying to get the horse, Blue Boy, to stand on the piano as instructed by its owner (who believes 'Blue Boy' to be a painting.) When the weight of the horse and the two men causes the leg on the piano to give way they attempt to prop it back up but in doing so end up using Ollie's back - and then his head to keep the piano in its upright position. The scene is overlong and predictable and quickly gets exhausting to watch but it's the best of a mediocre set of otherwise dull comedy routines in the film.|
|30||That's My Wife||It has to be the very last frame of film when Hardy sees the joke at having a bowl of soup placed over his head is a really good ending.
I think what makes it special is the rarity of his reaction, one of accepting defeat which is quite unusual for Ollie.
Stan mocks him of course, and it just makes for a really special moment, albeit very brief.
|31||Big Business||Oh boy, where do I begin to summarise the best part here? Personally I liked the bit where Stan is chucking out random objects (vases and the like) from inside the house out to Ollie through the broken window. Ollie has a shovel in hand and is systematically playing baseball with the flying objects. He even gives Tiny Sandford a little shove in the moment too, just for good measure!|
|32||Unaccustomed As We Are||In the final scene, Stan is called out into the hallway by Officer Kennedy to receive the same treatment as Ollie - a beating. However, Mrs. Kennedy sneaks up from behind and smashes a vase over her husband's head, knocking him out cold. Stan returns to Hardy's apartment, grabs his hat and leaves - without a scratch. Ollie, astounded, walks out into the hallway to see Kennedy in a heap, believing that Stan had beaten him up!|
|34||Berth Marks||It's very brief, blink and you'll miss it but as the boys are clearly struggling to get undressed in the crowded berth Stan grabs Ollie's trousers and throws them at him rather hard. Ollie reacts quickly by grabbing the trousers and slapping Stan across the face with them. After all that poor Stan has had to endure throughout this ordeal I don't blame him for being just a little snappy!|
|35||Men O' War||The long scene on the lake with everybody fighting is good enough to qualify as it slowly gets out of hand, but my favourite part is the moment when Stan decides that cushion-slapping should be taken to the next level. He casually walks up to Charlie Hall in the other boat and just pushes him in the face backwards into the water. Let the games begin!|
|36||Perfect Day||Ollie has pulled so much time in getting going that frustrations have started to spill out from the passengers. At one point as he tries to engage the engine his wife (played by Kay Deslys) tells him "come on Oliver, step on it".
A not-altogether-happy Hardy stops what he is doing to turn around and give her a dirty stare as if to silence her. Then Stan adds insult to Ollie's injured pride by making matters worse with "Step on it, Ollie". Ollie replies, "I'll step on you in a minute. And don't call me 'Ollie'!"
|37||They Go Boom!||It has to be the scene where Ollie is trying to blow up the mattress through blowing air through the tube. As it starts to inflate Stan does the one thing you really don't expect your best friend to do to make life more difficult - he jumps onto the mattress, blowing all the air back down the tube and right back into Ollie's lungs. This is followed by some great facial expressions from Hardy and culminates into a chase around the room for it.|
|39||The Hoose-Gow||Stan retaliates against guard Sandford by deliberately splatting him in the face with rice from close range after being kicked to the ground.|
|40||The Hollywood Revue Of 1929|
|41||Angora Love||Landlord Edgar Kennedy reminds tenants Stan and Ollie that they are guests in his respectable hotel. Just at this point a young lady walks past the open door, followed shortly by a man in a sailors outfit, who makes a subtle movement of his hat to imply his intentions!|
|42||Night Owls||Stan has just climbed up onto the wall when a cat runs across his fingers, scaring the life out of him and causing him to panic and fall. It's a split second facial expression that does it every time for me!
Blink and you will miss it.
|43||Blotto||In order for Stan to leave the house without suspicion, he fakes a telegram message to himself and climbs out of the window to plant the envelope on his porch, then rings the doorbell from the outside. Quickly climbing back through the window to avoid detection, he sits back down and pretends to not hear the doorbell which has just rung. When his wife prompts him to answer the call he first goes to the window but then realising that is a big giveaway, he instead opens the front door and pretends to have a conversation with the delivery doy. After Stan offers the imaginary courier to keep the change from his payment of the message he goes to walk back indoors, forgetting to take the telegram with him! The funniest part of the gag is his facial reaction when he realises his mistake. Classic.|
|44||Brats||Ollie has slipped on a roller skate which has landed in a remarkably strategic position at the top of the stairs. As he descends the stairs he is seen with his legs high up in the air. It's a cheesey gag to be fair and looks very fake, but it's cute and humourous at the same time.|
|46||The Rogue Song||Of all the footage reviewed from the fragments that still exist I am going to be cheeky and nominate the cave scene featuring Stan and Ollie. They are not seen at all after entering but their voices can be heard as they engage in conversation. They have unwittingly followed a large brown bear into the cave and their conversation centres around Ollie thinking that Stan is wearing a fur coat. We, of course, are all awaiting their discovery of the bear and their reaction which will follow.|
|47||Hog Wild||There is no particular standout scene here because the whole picture just flows with such a consistency. My favourite part in this film is a visual stunt which, unfortunately features two stuntmen taking the place of the boys as they roll over one another and fall off the roof and down into the garden pool beneath. Notice how both men keep their faces hidden away from the camera.|
|48||The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case|
|49||Another Fine Mess||Ollie grabs Stan and runs towards the stairs but as he does the momentum and speed causes Stan to slam face-first into the wall. The things they did for comedy were painfully outstanding!|
|50||Be Big!||Ollie is faking an illness in order to get his wife to go ahead without him on a planned vacation. His plan is to attend a party which has been arranged in his honour by his friends at the masonic lodge. The ploy almost works too. All he has to do now is pursuade Stan to remain behind to look after him (in reality it is so he can accompany him to the party). Ollie does not expect Stan's response;
Ollie: "You wouldn't mind staying and taking care of me would you Stanley?"
Stan: "Well if it's all the same to you, I'd rather go."
|51||Chickens Come Home||There are a lot of great scenes here, especially with the Hardy/Finlayson bribery on top of the Hardy/Busch blackmail. Seems that Ollie cannot win whatever he does! One round he does manage to win however is the favourite scene award: Stan has placed the framed photograph on the sofa which nobody is meant to see, but Ollie quickly notices it and jumps on it, cracking the glass and trying to hide the discomfort. It's his "ooooh!" which makes the moment all the more funny.|
|52||The Stolen Jools||In the reporters office Eugene Pallette is already on the telephone when another one rings. Reporter Stuart Erwin picks it up and repeatedly says "No", whilst Pallette is saying "Yes" on his call. To add to the confusion, fellow reporter Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher takes a third call and continues to answer "Maybe". Add all three together when Gary Cooper walks into the room and it sounds like a chorus of mishaps in the room. Good timing.|
|53||Laughing Gravy||Maybe a strange choice this one, but my favourite bit of the film goes to Charlie Hall. He has just about had enough of being woken up, enduring falling ceilings, tenants crawling up and down his chimney and on his roof in the dead of night, not to mention the constant yelping of the prohibited dog; and in a moment of comical anger comes out with one of the most bizarre choices of dialogue I have ever heard. For some reason the line has stuck with me for a long time and never fails to make me laugh.
"That does it! If you're not out of here in 15 minutes I'll send for the cops, so help me Bob. Oooooo!"
|54||Our Wife||To be fair, there's not too many outstanding moments in this one.
It's the scene between Stan and Blanche Payson after he has rung her doorbell at her home. Stan engages in conversation with her on Ollie's behalf, relaying messages back-and-forwards. "We want to get married" Stan tells her. "Not 'we' - US" Ollie corrects him. Stan repeats the line, adding to the confusion. In the end, and after enduring the conversation for long enough she smacks him one on the chin... and angrily walks off.
|56||Come Clean||Here I personally believe we are treated to one of the most superb moments of comic timing from the boys as they evade Mae Busch's attempts to follow them into the double elevators in the building. It is a pure touch of comedy genius and worked to perfection.|
|57||One Good Turn||There can only be one scene which qualifies for this award: Stan unleashing a furious assault on Ollie at the end is unmissable. Wrongly accused of theft, Stan gets his revenge on his friend by chasing him with an axe through the back yard and into a log shed. When Ollie refuses to surrender, Stan chops down the shed and it comes crashing down on his head. Still not content, Stan starts to chop wooden blocks so they fly up into the air and conveniently land down hard on Ollie's trapped head. It's a rare victory for Stan and done in style too!|
|58||Beau Hunks||The commandant orders Stan and Ollie to return to their quarters after their cheeky request to leave the army, but the boys have left their hats on his desk. They pick them up and go to leave.... then continually return because one of them has left his hat on the desk. This goes on for a whole minute before the commandant erupts! As long as the sequence is, it never gets tiresome or boring. Simply exquisite.|
|59||On The Loose|
|60||Helpmates||During the strange telephone conversation near the beginning of the film, Stan picks up the receiver, puts it down, picks up a statue-type ashtray, then puts that down and finally the receiver again, this time putting the mouth-piece up to his ear so he has the two ends of the telephone in both ears. It's a split second gag which is made all the more funnier by the bizarre conversation they have!|
|61||Any Old Port!||During the boxing match with Walter Long, Stan finds some courage when he picks up his opponent's illegally-loaded glove. The underdog (Laurel) begins to chase the much bigger Long around the ring until eventually scoring a knock-out blow and winning the bout in the first round.|
|62||The Music Box||Surely the dumbest moment in Laurel and Hardy history has to be the moment where postman Charlie Hall informs the boys of their wasted efforts in carrying the piano all the way up the steps; when the easier option was to load it onto their wagon and drive it around the road which leads to the top of the hill.
Despite the fact they have already succeeded in their mission, Ollie realises the postman's suggestion is practical and so the boys carry the piano all the way back down the steps and then follow his advice, only to arrive back up the top moments later with the piano again (this time with the horse).
How dumb can one (or in this case two) person(s) be?!
|63||The Chimp||After Stan has accidentally managed to hit Ollie three times with a plank of wood which was meant to be part of the Destructo cannonball act, Stan climbs to the top of a wooden crate where Ollie then smacks him on the chin. Stan falls back from the impact and hits the same plank of wood, which in turn releases the cannonball up into the air and down onto Ollie's back, sending him crashing through the structure and down to the ground.|
|64||County Hospital||Ollie has instructed Stan to cut the leg off his pants in order for him to fit into them, due to his heavily-bandaged leg. Stan, in his infinite state of dumbness thinks for a split second Ollie means for him to cut his leg off. The misinterpretation is funny on its own, but what makes it all the more hilarious is Ollie's reaction when he realises what Stan was thinking!|
|66||Pack Up Your Troubles||Given that Stan and Ollie never seem to have any joy when playing against actor Richard Cramer it is a wonderful moment to see them totally destroy him here. During a confrontation where Ollie comes to relieve Cramer of responsibility of the child he gets smacked in the mouth for his troubles. This leads to a well co-ordinated counter attack from the boys who work together to turn the tables on the bully and leave him in a heap (I love how Stan closes the door first - magnificent little touch!) Watching it is very satisfying given that in their last film Cramer played the unforgiving judge.|
|67||Their First Mistake||Stan is asked to fix the bed, so he goes over to the wall and turns off the light. Moments later he feels around on the wall and then strikes a match before blowing it out again.
Ollie: "What did you strike that match for?"
Stan: "I wanted to see if the switch was off"
Ollie's reaction is priceless.
|68||Towed In A Hole||There really are so many wonderful moments in the short duration that it's hard to choose just one best scene. It has to be the water-exchange. Ollie has come to the end of his tether with regards to Stan's behaviour and empties a bucket of water over Stan's head, Stan replies by emptying the same bucket over Ollie's back. Ollie retaliates by getting Stan to hold the bucket whilst he fetches a small wooden block to wedge Stan's overalls open before tipping another load down there. Stan grabs the hose... It's simply brilliant!|
|69||Twice Two||Mrs. Hardy (Stan) is told by the delivery boy Charlie Hall to ensure Mrs. Laurel (Hardy) receives the cake she has ordered. It's not only the manner in which she does receive the cake (pushed right in her face) but it's the whole scene as Hardy (as Mrs. Laurel) falls backwards in the chair plus the sound effect of the cake huitting her (him) in the face. Makes me laugh every time I see it!|
|70||Me And My Pal||It may come as a surprise to know that even though most of the film centres around Ollie and Stan with the jigsaw routine, my favourite bit features neither of them. During the fight sequence traffic cop James C. Morton comes off worse for instigating the riot and takes some comical knocks to his head. Firstly by James Finlayson, and then later in this scene when the two Dunns (not related by the way) are brawling on the floor. Morton steps in to break it up and gets a smack to the chin by Eddie Dunn for his troubles. I think the sound effect helps!|
|71||The Devil's Brother||There are so many wonderful moments in the film that it's hard to pick just one. There's the finger-wiggle, the kneesie-earsie-nosey, and there's the laughing fit - all featuring Stan and all extremely hilarious. But my favourite scene is early on during the attempted hanging of Ollie. Stan's confession that he told Ollie's girlfriend that Ollie was his father is funny enough but then he tops if off with the funniest line in any Laurel and Hardy film. The enquiry into Ollie's prefered burial arrangement is absolutely knock-out.|
|72||The Midnight Patrol||What a great moment this is: Having severed the chord on the telephone, Stan thinks that if he ties both ends together in a knot then he will miraculously make it work again. We get it, Ollie gets it (watch his facial expression when he sees what Stan is attempting to achieve), but poor Stan doesn't understand, bless him. There are many very good gags in this short, but this one for me is the best!|
|73||Busy Bodies||It has to be the set-up. Charlie Hall has hit Ollie for falling on him in the workshop. Stan hits Charlie back, who returns the favour. Eventually Stan accidentally hits Ollie after swinging for Charlie, earning him the thanks from his intended victim. The two men (Stan and Charlie) make up, and Stan offers him a cigar, a lighted match and a comfy stool to sit on whilst Ollie (and us) looks totally bewildered. The full scope of what Stan has done is realised when he calls over the beefy foreman (Tiny Sandford) and points Charlie out for smoking in a "No Smoking" area. Pure genius.|
|75||Dirty Work||Stan's clumsiness lands him in trouble more than once throughout the course of the day. When he dares to talk back to Ollie during the clearing up routine he gets a clunk over the head with the shovel for his troubles, Later, as Stan is distracted by a painting on the wall he accidentally shovels more and more soot into Ollie's pants. In anticipation of Ollie's reaction to this he stops work, hands Ollie the shovel and removes his own hat so that he can be punished again! It's the hilarious thought of what is going through Stan's mind at the time that really makes me laugh here!|
|76||Sons Of The Desert||If ever there was a Laurel & Hardy moment to make me laugh so hard it's this one. Stan has helped himself to a wax apple, not realising it's fake and sits quietly in Ollie's armchair consuming it. It's his facial expressions as he tries to swallow the inedible (for most people) item that capture the attention of the viewer. The scene is played with no background music or distraction and Laurel completely owns the screen with his raised eyebrows, hard attempts of swallowing and his general discomfort. It's one of the funniest scenes he has ever done.|
|77||Oliver The Eighth||Upon meeting for the first time, Mae Busch introduces herself to Ollie at the foot of the stairs.
Hardy: "My queen".
She then notices Stan standing beside him.
"What is that?" she asks.
For a brief moment even Ollie doesn't understand as to what she is referring to. Of course, she is surprised of Stan's presence and makes such a comical statement to underline the fact.
|79||Going Bye-Bye!||Mae Busch asks Ollie if he has any keys. When Ollie questions her as to why, she tells him that her friend locked himself in a trunk and cannot get out. "He was packing and accidentally fell in!" Ollie turns to Stan, who comes out with "It could happen!"|
|80||Them Thar Hills||It comes in the final minute of the film where Ollie turns Charlie Hall into a walking rooster! Not content with having a sandwich plonked onto his head, having his fringe glued to his chin and a sink plunger attached to his forehead, Ollie goes the final hog and covers Charlie from head to toe in feathers, plucked from a cushion. It's the ultimate indignity in what is a great film.|
|81||The Live Ghost|
|82||Babes In Toyland||I didn't even have to think about this one - long has this scene been one of my favourite Laurel and Hardy moments in all of their wonderful films. It is a brief moment when Stan is demonstrating the art of hitting the pee-wee with the stick outside the house. It's the little shove he gives to Ollie when he ignorantly blocks attempts to hit the pee-wee, which is funny enough on its own but it gets even better when it is followed by Ollie's expression immediately afterwards. Pure brilliance. Absolutely wonderful scene.|
|83||Tit For Tat||The tit for tat sequence of events escalates to the point where both Stan and Ollie tip a large tub of lard over Charle Hall's head. Not content with this act, they make sure of the effect by banging on the side of the drum to ring their victim's ears too! There is so much going on in this film with mindless acts of childish behaviour that it's hard to keep up with it all, but this was my funniest scene!|
|84||The Fixer Uppers||Mae Busch is about to demonstrate to Ollie how she remembers being kissed by her husband. She holds Stan close to her and it's at the exact moment when she says "we pressed tightly together" that Stan's mouth twitches with anticipated nervousness. It's incredibly subtle and brief but it's brilliant on the part of Laurel, who knew how to make a small expression result in such a big impact on the screen.|
|85||Thicker Than Water||Mrs. Hardy: "Oliver did I or did I not give you the money to pay on the furnitre?"
Ollie: "You certainly did"
Mrs. Hardy: "Then why wasn't it paid?"
Ollie: "Why, I gave it to him (points to Stan) to pay it for me"
Mrs. Hardy (to Stan): "Then what did you do with it?"
Stan: "I gave it back to him"
Ollie: "You gave it to me?"
Stan: "Yeah I gave it to you to pay my room and board then you gave it to her, recomember [sic]?"
Mrs. Hardy: "Do you mean to say that the money that he gave to you that you gave to him that he gave to me was the same money that I gave to him to pay him?"
Stan: "Well if that was the money that you gave to him to give to me to pay to him, it must have been the money that I gave him to give to you to pay my rent - didn't I?"
Mrs. Hardy: Mr. Finlayson I owe you an apology"
Fin: "And thirty-seven dollars"
|86||Bonnie Scotland||The impatient landlady (Mary Gordon) is banging on the boys' door frantically waiting to be admitted though her pleas to let her in go unanswered. Stan finally decides to open the door just at the exact moment she enters abruptly - hitting him square in the face so hard that he shoots across the room and onto the bed without any word of apology!|
|87||The Bohemian Girl||There are so many contenders for this accolade but only one winner. Watching Stan Laurel trying to bottle the wine from the barrel into the limited amount of glass bottles in the wagon as he slowly gets drunk is incredibly funny. His facial reactions, the fingers in the bottle tops, the fingers in the mouth, as he gets more and more clumsy. Try watching this without laughing. It's impossible.|
|88||On The Wrong Trek|
|89||Our Relations||In what can only be described as a brutal, prolonged revenge attack from Stan and Ollie, they subject James Finlayson to a terrifying ordeal at Denker's Beer Garden.
1. The slap a heap of mustard on Fin's bald head and slap down his toupee on top.
2. They shove a lightbulb in his mouth and slam it shut, setting his mouth on fire.
3. Then they take the electric light holder and place it on Fin's nose, turn it on and burn him.
4. And to top it all off, the boys pour a pint of beer into Fin's hat and pour it down over his head.
|90||Way Out West||Surely no Laurel & Hardy fan could deny that the best scene they ever appeared in has to be this one. Although I have seen it to death, the soft shoe shuffle outside the saloon to the tune of The Avalon Boys' "At The Ball" is truly a defining moment in their acting careers. It's eye-pleasing, gentle and beautifully choreographed to the most minute detail. Stan and Ollie dance together, hold hands, cuddle and enjoy the moment in what I can only describe as the most affectionate on-screen moment between them over the course of 106 teamings. And just top top it all off for perfection - the entire routine from start to finish lasts exactly 100 seconds!|
|91||Pick A Star||I hate to be biased here but the scene with Stan playing the tiny trumpet as Ollie tries to relax is absolutely fantastic to watch. At first the instrument seems fine until the last note, which eventually comes out as a squeak. Not content with this, Stan goes one further by continuing to play it with a trombone sound emitting from it. The bass is so powerful it blows the rug up and causes an explosion in the room. It is so silly it's incredibly funny!|
|93||Block-Heads||War hero Stan doesn't take too kindly to a bully father who assaults his best friend Ollie. He watches as the man kicks Ollie twice in the pants before Stan slaps the guy on the back. The two men are face-to-face when Stan raises his left fist, then blind sides the man with a blow with his right hand, knocking him out stone cold. Great moment.|
|94||The Flying Deuces||It has to be the bed-strings scene when Stan takes to playing his upturned bed as a harp in front of a perplexed Ollie in their cell. What makes the scene so funny is the dilemma the boys are in: confined to a prison cell and knowing their fate will be decided at sunrise, yet Stan loses himself completely in the unusual activity. The look on Ollie's face sums it all up. Magnificent. Just try and imagine yourself in his place and witnessing what Stan is doing and try not to smile!|
|95||A Chump At Oxford||The night scene in the maze where Stan and Ollie rest on the bench is really good! One of the students (Eddie Borden) pulls a disturbing (and very convincing) practical joke on the boys by poking his arms through the hedge behind them and interfering with Stan. Giving the illusion that Stan has three hands, the joke is neither too short nor too long, but it definitely holds the attention of the viewer throughout. Classic.|
|96||Saps At Sea||Forced to cook a meal comprising of soap, sponge and string for their stowaway criminal guest Nick Grainger (Richard Cramer), the boys are then forced to consume it as well under the watchful eye of Nick and Nick Junior. The facial expressions coupled with the sound effects have of course been seen before (Stan trying to eat the fruit in Sons Of The Desert is a perfect example), but this scene is the standout moment in an otherwise dull venture for Stan and Ollie.|
|97||Great Guns||Probably the only stand out scene in the entire movie is when the boys are on an inspection parade. Penelope, the crow, has made it her business to attend the show but she cannot be seen by the General (Paul Harvey), so Ollie tells Stan to hide her somewhere and quick. Of all the places to hide a large bird, Stan chooses to stuff it right down Ollie's pants, resulting in some humourous moments when Hardy and the General come face-to-face!|
|98||The Tree In A Test Tube|
|99||A-Haunting We Will Go|
|100||Air Raid Wardens||A good solid 'old style' Laurel and Hardy scene occurs when the boys confront Edgar Kennedy to put his lights out during a routine drill. He refuses to co-operate and what follows is an exchange of gags reminiscent of their slapstick era. Stan shoves a pipe down Ed's throat, Ollie pushes Ed's head into an electircal socket, flour is thrown, a window is broken, a jigsaw puzzle is wrecked. Good, classic Laurel and Hardy.|
|102||The Dancing Masters||Who would have thought that a simple thing like paying for a clock would be so complicated? In a perfectly-timed routine, Stan and Ollie swap a porcelein cat, a wad of banknotes and a receipt between themselves and the cashier. It takes 17 "swaps" before they get it right! Brilliant!|
|103||The Big Noise|
|104||Nothing But Trouble||This may seem to many a very strange choice for a favourite part but when I watched this film recently and this scene came up I had tears in my eyes! The guests are around the dinner table and sampling their starter meal, mock turtle soup. It tastes so bad that when the Prince (Philip Merivale) takes a sip on his spoon he lets out a belch so loud that it makes his ears wiggle. Funnier still is how he manages to make such a sound with his mouth closed.|
|106||Atoll K||The funniest line of dialogue comes from Stan. Suzy Delair's character has just arrived on the island and after the formal introductions they go outside the hut where she asks about the shipwreck in the near distance.
Ollie: "I shall never forget the day I found this island. It was a terrible night, dark as pitch."
Stan: "It was so pitch you couldn't see your hand behind your back."