Laurel and Hardy ('The Boys' as they are affectionately known) are the most recognized comedy duo the cinema has produced. The film that introduced them as the "Stan and Ollie" characters we know so well today was 1927's Do Detectives Think?. Before that, Stan Laurel (from England) and Oliver Hardy (from America) had long solo careers, as this collection of rare and hilarious comedies shows.
Hardy entered movies in 1913, Laurel in 1917. Stan often played sharp-witted types, and Ollie "heavies" or villains (often with comics Billy West or Larry Semon). By the mid-1920's, both were employed at the Roach Studios, still playing different roles, with Laurel also gag-writing and even directing Charley Chase, James Finlayson, Our Gang - and Oliver Hardy!
Producer Hal Roach played "comic roulette," teaming his stars in the hopes of hitting box office gold. The Boys make their first appearance together in Lucky Dog, but it will be another ten years before they truly become a team. This collection showcases the comic genius of two great performers on the road to fame - Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
Volume One: The Paperhanger's Helper (1915) with Oliver Hardy; Lucky Dog (1917) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; The Sawmill (1921) with Oliver Hardy; Hop To It, Bellhop (1922) with Oliver Hardy; Kid Speed (1924) with Oliver Hardy; Yes, Yes, Nanette (1926) with Oliver Hardy; Enough To Do (1926) with Oliver Hardy; Volume Two: The Hobo (1917) with Oliver Hardy; The Show (1922) with Oliver Hardy; The Soilers (1923) with Stan Laurel; White Wings (1923) with Stan Laurel; Should Sailors Marry? (1925) with Oliver Hardy; Thundering Fleas (1926) with Oliver Hardy; Volume Three: Short Kilts (1924) with Stan Laurel; Smithy (1924) with Stan Laurel; Along Came Auntie (1926) with Oliver Hardy; The Stolen Jools (1931) with Laurel and Hardy; Home Movies (1938) Stan Laurelís home movie including rare glimpses of his daughter at home and friends on the Hal Roach lot, including Babe out of character; The Tree In A Test Tube (1943) with Laurel and Hardy; Volume Four: Mud And Sand (1923) with Stan Laurel; Oranges And Lemons (1923) with Stan Laurel; West Of Hot Dog (1924) with Stan Laurel; Bromo And Juliet (1926) with Oliver Hardy; Crazy Like A Fox (1926) with Oliver Hardy