The Best of Laurel and Hardy

DVD Release: August 9, 2012
The Best of Laurel and Hardy


The best moments from the most comical duo in film history, Laurel and Hardy, are fully restored and colorized!

Dove Review

“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.”

Content Description

Sex: The duo go without their wives, with other girls, for dinner, but the scene is played for laughs, and they get caught.
Language: None
Violence: A lot of slapstick violence, such as the duo hitting each other with their hats, stepping accidentally on the other's feet, punching each other, a guard bopping them on the head with a club; men hit with a frying pan, a character gets hit with a bed pan; men shoved; a man's hairy chest is set on fire; a character is pushed through a glass window; characters' faces get hit with snowballs.
Drugs: Several tavern scenes and scenes of cigar smoking, cigarette smoking and drinking, mainly beer; a character has a cigar hanging from his mouth; mention of the Beer Garden; a duo gets in trouble for bootlegging; a champagne bottle is visible.
Nudity: A few scenes of a man in boxers and a man's pants ripping, revealing his underwear; a woman in shorts.
Other: A few characters tell lies, but the truth reveals itself; tension between characters.


Company: Legend Films
Writer: Various
Director: Various
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 84 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter