The Laurel & Hardy Project

Around 5:30 AM a couple months ago, I caught a showing of the Laurel & Hardy short Two Tars on TCM and absolutely loved it.  The guys play a couple of sailors who cause a great deal of destruction at a traffic jam for no particular reason other than the pure joy of creating chaos.  This struck a chord with my newborn-addled mind and, after some helpful advice from this davekehr.com thread (where a commenter provides this brilliant explanation of the boys to his young daughter: “They’re both dumb, but the fat one thinks he’s smart”), I went and bought this massive Laurel & Hardy boxset from amazon.uk.  It’s bigger than the American DVD collection as it includes their silent films as well as their talkies.  My task then, is to watch all the film in the set, in chronological order and write about them here.  This is the list of the films, along with disc number and release date as provided by a helpful commenter at the amazon site, with links to the reviews added as I write them:

1. Thundering Fleas (21) 04.07.1926 
2. Along Came Auntie (9) 25.07.1926 
3. 45 Minutes from Hollywood (12) 26.12.1926 
4. Duck Soup (12) 13.03.1927 
5. Slipping Wives (10) 03.04.1927 
6. Jewish Prudence (21) 08.05.1927 
7. Love ‘Em and Weep (8) 12.06.1927 
8. Fluttering Hearts (21) 19.06.1927 
9. Why Girls Love Sailors (16) 17.07.1927 
10. With Love and Hisses (7) 28.08.1927 
11. Sugar Daddies (8) 10.09.1927 
12. Sailors, Beware! (16) 25.09.1927 
13. The Second Hundred Years (12) 08.10.1927 
14. Call of the Cuckoo (12) 15.10.1927 
15. Do Detectives Think? (20) 20.11.1927 
16. Putting Pants on Philip (15) 03.12.1927 
17. The Battle of the Century (19) 31.12.1927 
18. Leave ‘Em Laughing (2) 28.01.1928 
19. Flying Elephants (17) 12.02.1928 
20. The Finishing Touch (14) 25.02.1928 
21. From Soup to Nuts (1) 24.03.1928 
22. You’re Darn Tootin’ (11) 21.04.1928 
23. Their Purple Moment (13) 19.05.1928 
24. Should Married Men Go Home? (7) 08.09.1928 
25. Early to Bed (8) 06.10.1928 
26. Two Tars (16) 03.11.1928 
27. Habeas Corpus (20) 01.12.1928 
28. We Faw Down (13) 29.12.1928 
29. Liberty (20) 26.01.1929 
30. Wrong Again (20) 23.02.1929 
31. That’s My Wife (9) 23.03.1929 
32. Big Business (12) 20.04.1929 
33. Unaccustomed As We Are (7) 04.05.1929 
34. Double Whoopee (14) 18.05.1929 
35. Berth Marks (6) 01.06.1929 
36. Men O’War (16) 29.06.1929 
37. Perfect Day (2) 10.08.1929 
38. They Go Boom! (2) 21.09.1929 
39. Bacon Grabbers (20) 19.10.1929 
40. The Hoose-Gow (19) 16.11.1929 
41. Angora Love (20) 14.12.1929 
42. Night Owls (12) 04.01.1930 
43. Blotto (18) 08.02.1930 
44. Brats (5/21) 22.03.1930 
45. Below Zero (11) 26.04.1930 
46. Hog Wild (14) 31.05.1930 
47. The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (6) 06.09.1930 
48. Another Fine Mess (1) 29.11.1930 
49. Be Big! (18) 07.02.1931 
50. Chickens Come Home (8) 21.02.1931 
51. Laughing Gravy (10) 04.04.1931 
52. Our Wife (4) 16.05.1931 
53. Come Clean (8) 19.09.1931 
54. Pardon Us (19) 15.10.1931 
55. One Good Turn (3) 31.10.1931 
56. Beau Hunks (4) 12.12.1931 
57. On the Loose (9) 26.12.1931 
58. Helpmates (4) 23.01.1932 
59. Any Old Port! (16) 05.03.1932 
60. The Music Box (14) 16.04.1932 
61. The Chimp (17) 21.05.1932 
62. County Hospital (2) 25.06.1932 
63. Scram! (12) 10.09.1932 
64. Pack Up Your Troubles (15) 17.09.1932 
65. Their First Mistake (15) 05.11.1932 
66. Towed in a Hole (16) 31.12.1932 
67. Twice Two (5) 25.02.1933 
68. Me and My Pal (4) 22.04.1933 
69. The Midnight Patrol (20) 03.08.1933 
70. Busy Bodies (14) 07.10.1933 
71. Dirty Work (14) 25.11.1933 
72. Sons of the Desert (13) 29.12.1933 
73. Oliver the Eighth (6) 13.01.1934 
74. Going Bye-Bye! (20) 23.06.1934 
75. Them Thar Hills (2) 21.07.1934 
76. The Live Ghost (16) 08.12.1934 
77. Tit for Tat (2) 05.01.1935 
78. The Fixer Uppers (10) 09.02.1935 
79. Thicker Than Water (3) 16.03.1935 
80. The Bohemian Girl (9) 14.02.1936 
81. On the Wrong Trek (13) 18.04.1936 
82. Our Relations (5) 30.10.1936 
83. Way Out West (3) 16.04.1937 
84. Swiss Miss (17) 20.05.1938 
85. Block-Heads (7) 19.08.1938 
86. A Chump at Oxford (1) 25.01.1940 
87. Saps at Sea (11) 29.04.1940 
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