My favorite comedy duo of all time, Laurel and Hardy made classic shorts together from 1927 (when they made their first official short as a double act called Putting Pants on Philip) to 1935 when they created their last short, Thicker than Water. Since Pardon Us (1931), their initial feature movie, their films had started to take over from their shorts. While most of the time, these movies weren’t as good as the shorts, a few like Sons of the Desert (1933), Our Relations (1936), Way Out West (1937), Block-Heads (1938) and A Chump at Oxford (1940) were classic comedys, still fondly remembered to this day. After 1940, they moved away from Hal Roach where they had made all previous films and went to pastures new. But in the new studios, the two were denied their creative freedom and as a result, the last dozen movies “the Boys” (as they were nick-named) made were weak and best foregotten.
But let us remember them in their greatest moments, forever captured on film with brilliant shorts like The Music Box, Big Business and Towed in a Hole.