“The Best of Laurel and Hardy” features the classic duo in segments of their most excellent work. They present their comedic skills with perfection. Various sequences from their films highlight this funny viewing experience.
In the opening sequence of this movie, Laurel and Hardy are on a park bench late at night, and a police officer wanders over to them. Hardy shakes hands with the officer, and at the same time, his friend Laurel shakes hands with him, too. It is a delightful and humorous moment. The slapstick incidents abound in this picture, with Laurel dropping a bag on Hardy’s feet, and then the both of them swatting each other with their hats. In another scene, Hardy’s falling outside their apartment window, and as Laurel tries to pull him back up, he rips the seat of Hardy’s pants.
Several film clips are featured in this “best of” movie, including the one titled “A Dollar A Head,” in which the two of them receive a dollar for every man they knock out in a bar with a frying pan and bring to the captain of a ship. He is ready to sail and needs a crew. Their antics are amusing throughout the story. In “Crime and Punishment,” the duo wind up in prison for bootlegging and endure several difficult but comedic moments, such as Hardy getting his tooth pulled when Laurel was supposed to have it removed.
Due to the frequent slapstick violence in the comedy, we award the movie our Dove Family Approved Seal for ages 12 and up. Parents should consult our content listing. Some parents may be fine with their younger children watching the antics of this team, who were funny during a more innocent time. Do you need a laugh in your life? Check out this hilarious movie, “The Best of Laurel and Hardy.”