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Re: List of Crap #118: The 50 Best Laurel and Hardy Films
« Reply #105 on: August 26, 2019, 01:42:32 PM »
I'll probably try to watch the top ten in the near future


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Re: List of Crap #118: The 50 Best Laurel and Hardy Films
« Reply #106 on: August 26, 2019, 05:41:03 PM »

If you only watch 1 L&H you gotta make it this one. And if all you've seen are the crappy late films, then do yourself a favor, and catch one of the classics. It'll only cost a half-hour of your day. And if this doesn't float your boat, I'll stop bugging you and you can forget about the duo for the rest of your life.

I guess you can stop bugging me (wait, were you bugging me?  I don't remember that.)  I watched it and while I didn't dislike it, it didn't make me laugh, though one gag in the middle definitely made me smile.  The one where the mailman's reveal cause the duo to make a "sensible choice".  But really, I while I appreciated the mechanics of the gags and skill of the gags, I wasn't really laughing.  I did like that Ollie, while still very much himself, seems less of an outright jerk and bully in this one than most of the ones I've seen, just understandably vexed by the situation.  I will say, though it sounds odd, my favourite thing might be the foley.  The sound and tactile nature of it really makes their world feel complete.  I'm glad Stethacantus finally got to do this, but it seems like Laurel and Hardy are not for me.

I was bugging people through my mind (does this bug you? I'm not touching you? Only thinking at you!")

I'll give you props for trying it (and you saw Helpmates, and that's another well regarded one). I have a pal at LB who doesn't care for them, but Music Box worked for him. Still, it doesn't work for everyone (There are 5 Letterboxd members who gave it a half-star! Gasp)

The Music Box isn't exactly the best film to introduce Laurel and Hardy with. I would go with one of two of their silent films. Liberty is a thrill comedy similar to that of Harold Lloyd, and the film leading up to the thrill part is very funny:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/0hthMa_dUYw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/0hthMa_dUYw</a>

And the reciprocal destruction battle in Big Business is so absurd it would appeal to anyone.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/g2M1BBRK73I" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/g2M1BBRK73I</a>

But if it has to be a sound film, then Busy Bodies:


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ZujoJaR2ERY&amp;t=364s" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ZujoJaR2ERY&amp;t=364s</a>

I'm somewhere in the middle with L&H. I enjoyed them more than my friend, though they'll never unseat my silent (and sometime talkie) comedy king, Buster Keaton (when it comes to comedy on film, I'm all about Keaton & Bill Murray). But I am glad I gave them a go, I discovered several gems, enjoyed many a hearty laugh. And I might even revisit the list and watch those I've not seen on another day.

Buster Keaton though Laurel and Hardy were funnier than he was. At Stan Laurel's funeral he said:

"Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was the funniest."


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Re: List of Crap #118: The 50 Best Laurel and Hardy Films
« Reply #107 on: August 26, 2019, 05:43:34 PM »
My list:

#1 Battle of the Century
#2 Busy Bodies
#3 The Music Box
#4 Liberty
#5 Hog Wild
#6 Night Owls
#7 Big Business
#8 Towed in a Hole
#9 Blockheads
#10 Double Whoopee
#11 Laughing Gravy
#12 Sons of the Desert
#13 Helpmates
#14 Tit For Tat
#15 Them That Hills
#16 Another Fine Mess
#17 Two Tars
#18 Brats
#19 The Chimp
#20 Come Clean
#21 Going Bye Bye
#22 The Second Hundred Years
#23 Way Out West
#24 The Hoosegow
#25 Perfect Day

THE B LIST
#26 Babes in Toyland
#27 Sugar Daddies
#28 Beau Hunks
#29 One Good Turn
#30 Midnight Patrol
#31 They Go Boom
#32 Hollywood Review of 1929"
#33 Blotto
#34 The Live Ghost
#35 Finishing Touch
#36 Be Big
#37 Wild Poses  LITTLE RASCALS
#38 Pardon Us
#39 Habitus Corpus
#40 Dirty Work
#41 Leve Em Laughing
#42 Putting Pants on Phillip
#43 County Hospital
#44 Chickens Come Home
#45 On the Loose  THELMA TODD
#46 Me and My Pal
#47 Duck Soup
#48 Unaccustomed as we are
#49 Men O War
#50 Berth Marks


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Re: List of Crap #118: The 50 Best Laurel and Hardy Films
« Reply #108 on: August 26, 2019, 07:54:27 PM »

Buster Keaton though Laurel and Hardy were funnier than he was. At Stan Laurel's funeral he said:

"Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was the funniest."

it was a funeral, People say things like that at a funeral. For ME, Keaton was king.