From the digitally restored sound era films of the Hal Roach library: Twenty years after World War I, Private Laurel remains on duty guarding his lonely post in the trenches, since no one ever told him that the war had ceased. After Hardy catches his old pal in the newspaper headlines, he decides to visit Laurel in person and mistakes his old friend for missing a leg. When Hardy brings Laurel ho
John G. Blystone
Stan LaurelOliver HardyPatricia Ellis
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Scott T. RiversReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2009
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Sublime Slapstick From Laurel and Hardy
"Block-Heads" (1938) finds Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy at the peak of their comic art. Running a brisk 57 minutes, there is little plot — only the simple pleasure of being in The Boys' company as they deliver one classic routine after another. If producer Hal Roach had utilized Laurel's original "black" ending (with Stan and Ollie's heads mounted on the wall of game hunter Billy Gilbert), the overall feature would rank alongside "Sons of the Desert" and "Way Out West." Instead, "Block-Heads" clumsily reprises the final gag from "We Faw Down" (1928). Despite this unfortunate lapse, the film remains among Laurel and Hardy's best. Marvin Hatley earned an Oscar nomination for his delightful score.
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