Laurel and Hardy were a motion picture comedy team whose official filmography consists of 106 films released from 1921 and 1951. Together they appeared in 34 silent shorts,A 45 sound shorts, and 27 full-length sound feature films.B In addition to these, Laurel and Hardy appeared in at least 20 foreign-language versions of their films and a promotional film, Galaxy of Stars (1936), made for European film distributors.
Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892–1957) were established as film comedians prior to their teaming, with Laurel appearing in over 50 silent films and Hardy in over 250. (Hardy also appeared in three sound features without Laurel.) Although they first worked together in the film The Lucky Dog (1921), this was a chance pairing and it was not until 1926 when both separately signed contracts with the Hal Roach film studio that they appeared in movie shorts together. Laurel and Hardy officially became a team the following year, in their eleventh silent short film The Second Hundred Years (1927). and in 1934 produced their most popular holiday classic, Babes In Toyland (aka March Of The Wooden Soldiers). The pair remained with the Roach studio until 1940. Between 1941 and 1945 they appeared in eight features and one short for 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After finishing their movie commitments Laurel and Hardy concentrated on stage shows, embarking on a music hall tour of Great Britain. In 1950, they made their last film Atoll K, a French/Italian co-production.
In 1932 Laurel and Hardy's short The Music Box won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film (Comedy). In 1960, Laurel was presented with an Honorary Academy Award "for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy." In 1992, 1997 and 2012, respectively, Big Business (1929), The Music Box and Sons of the Desert (1932) were added to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". For their contributions to cinema, Laurel and Hardy have been awarded separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The following is a list of Laurel and Hardy's official filmography as established in Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies by Randy Skretvedt and Laurel and Hardy by John McCabe, Al Kilgore, and Richard R. Bann. Each book lists 105 films while, in its appendix, Skredvedt's adds a 106th, Now I'll Tell One, a previously lost film that was partly rediscovered.
Except where noted all of these films were photographed in black and white, produced by Hal Roach, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Also, except where noted, all short films are two reels in length. All films made prior to 1928 are silent and all films made after 1929 are sound. Releases from 1928 are silent except as noted. 1929 releases are identified as silent, all-talkie, or sound films with music and sound effects only.
|Release date||Title||Short / feature||Notes|
|December 1, 1921||The Lucky Dog||Short||Produced by Shiller Productions|
Available for viewing online
|December 13, 1926||45 Minutes from Hollywood||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
Hardy in a supporting role and Laurel in a bit part
|March 13, 1927||Duck Soup||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
Based on "Home From the Honeymoon", a sketch written by Arthur J. Jefferson (Stan Laurel's father)
|April 3, 1927||Slipping Wives||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
|June 12, 1927||Love 'em and Weep||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
|July 17, 1927||Why Girls Love Sailors||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
|August 28, 1927||With Love and Hisses||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
|September 10, 1927||Sugar Daddies||Short|
|September 25, 1927||Sailors, Beware!||Short||Released by Pathé Exchange|
|October 5, 1927||Now I'll Tell One||Short||Partly lost film|
|October 8, 1927||The Second Hundred Years||Short||The first "official" Laurel and Hardy film where they are presented as a team|
|October 15, 1927||Call of the Cuckoo||Short||Laurel and Hardy and Charley Chase in supporting roles|
|November 5, 1927||Hats Off||Short||Lost film|
|November 20, 1927||Do Detectives Think?||Short|
|December 3, 1927||Putting Pants on Philip||Short|
|December 31, 1927||The Battle of the Century||Short||Once partly lost film, but later found, in 2015.|
|January 28, 1928||Leave 'Em Laughing||Short|
|February 12, 1928||Flying Elephants||Short|
|February 25, 1928||The Finishing Touch||Short|
|March 24, 1928||From Soup to Nuts||Short|
|April 21, 1928||You're Darn Tootin'||Short|
|May 19, 1928||Their Purple Moment||Short|
|September 8, 1928||Should Married Men Go Home?||Short|
|October 6, 1928||Early to Bed||Short|
|November 3, 1928||Two Tars||Short|
|December 1, 1928||Habeas Corpus||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|December 29, 1928||We Faw Down||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|January 26, 1929||Liberty||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|February 23, 1929||Wrong Again||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|March 23, 1929||That's My Wife||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|April 29, 1929||Big Business||Short||Silent|
Added to the National Film Registry in 1992.
|May 4, 1929||Unaccustomed As We Are||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|May 28, 1929||Double Whoopee||Short||Silent Features a notable early appearance by Jean Harlow|
|June 1, 1929||Berth Marks||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|June 29, 1929||Men O' War||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|August 10, 1929||Perfect Day||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|September 21, 1929||They Go Boom||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|October 19, 1929||Bacon Grabbers||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|November 16, 1929||The Hoose-Gow||Short||Sound (all-talking)|
|November 29, 1929||The Hollywood Revue of 1929||Feature||Sound (all-talking)|
All-star revue produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
|December 14, 1929||Angora Love||Short||Sound (music and synchronized sound effects only)|
|January 4, 1930||Night Owls||Short|
|January 21, 1930||The Rogue Song||Feature||Operetta film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with Laurel and Hardy in supporting roles|
Filmed in Technicolor
|February 8, 1930||Blotto||Short||Three reels|
|March 22, 1930||Brats||Short|
|April 26, 1930||Below Zero||Short|
|May 31, 1930||Hog Wild||Short|
|September 6, 1930||The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case||Short||Three reels|
|November 29, 1930||Another Fine Mess||Short||Three reels|
Remake of Duck Soup
|February 7, 1931||Be Big!||Short||Three reels|
|February 21, 1931||Chickens Come Home||Short||Three reels|
Remake of Love 'Em and Weep
|April 1, 1931||The Stolen Jools||Short||Presented by National Variety Artists and released by Paramount|
Cameo appearances by Laurel and Hardy
|April 4, 1931||Laughing Gravy||Short|
|May 16, 1931||Our Wife||Short|
|August 15, 1931||Pardon Us||Feature|
|September 19, 1931||Come Clean||Short|
|October 31, 1931||One Good Turn||Short|
|December 12, 1931||Beau Hunks||Short||Four reels|
|December 26, 1931||On the Loose||Short||Stars ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd|
Cameo appearances by Laurel and Hardy
|January 23, 1932||Helpmates||Short|
|March 5, 1932||Any Old Port!||Short|
|April 16, 1932||The Music Box||Short||Three reels|
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Added to the National Film Registry in 1997.
|May 21, 1932||The Chimp||Short||Three reels|
|June 25, 1932||County Hospital||Short|
|September 10, 1932||Scram!||Short|
|September 23, 1932||Pack Up Your Troubles||Feature|
|November 5, 1932||Their First Mistake||Short|
|December 31, 1932||Towed in a Hole||Short|
|February 25, 1933||Twice Two||Short|
|April 22, 1933||Me and My Pal||Short|
|May 5, 1933||The Devil's Brother||Feature||Based on the opera Fra Diavolo by Daniel Auber|
|August 3, 1933||The Midnight Patrol||Short|
|October 7, 1933||Busy Bodies||Short|
|October 28, 1933||Wild Poses||Short||Our Gang film with cameo appearances by Laurel and Hardy|
|November 25, 1933||Dirty Work||Short|
|December 29, 1933||Sons of the Desert||Feature||Added to the National Film Registry in 2012.|
|January 13, 1934||Oliver the Eighth||Short||Three reels|
|June 1, 1934||Hollywood Party||Feature||A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production|
|June 23, 1934||Going Bye-Bye!||Short|
|July 21, 1934||Them Thar Hills||Short|
|November 30, 1934||Babes in Toyland||Feature||Based on the operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough|
Reissued as March of the Wooden Soldiers, March of the Toys, and Revenge is Sweet
|December 11, 1934||The Live Ghost||Short|
|January 5, 1935||Tit for Tat||Short||Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.|
|February 26, 1935||The Fixer Uppers||Short|
|August 6, 1935||Thicker than Water||Short|
|August 23, 1935||Bonnie Scotland||Feature|
|February 14, 1936||The Bohemian Girl||Feature||Adapted from the opera by Michael William Balfe and Alfred Bunn|
With Darla Hood
|May 11, 1936||On the Wrong Trek||Short||Charley Chase comedy with cameo appearances by Laurel and Hardy|
|October 30, 1936||Our Relations||Feature|
|April 16, 1937||Way Out West||Feature|
|May 21, 1937||Pick a Star||Feature||Cameo appearances by Laurel and Hardy|
|May 20, 1938||Swiss Miss||Feature|
|August 19, 1938||Block-Heads||Feature||Cameo appearance of Tommy Bond.|
|October 20, 1939||The Flying Deuces||Feature||An RKO Radio Pictures production|
|February 16, 1940||A Chump at Oxford||Feature||Released by United Artists|
|May 3, 1940||Saps at Sea||Feature||Released by United Artists|
|October 10, 1941||Great Guns||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|August 7, 1942||A-Haunting We Will Go||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|April 17, 1943||The Tree in a Test Tube||Short||One reel film (in color) produced by the United States Department of Agriculture. Laurel and Hardy, appearing in cameos, made this during the filming of Jitterbugs. Available for online viewing here.|
|April 4, 1943||Air Raid Wardens||Feature||A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production|
|June 11, 1943||Jitterbugs||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|November 1, 1943||The Dancing Masters||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|September 22, 1944||The Big Noise||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|December 6, 1944||Nothing but Trouble||Feature||A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production|
|May 18, 1945||The Bullfighters||Feature||A 20th Century Fox production|
|November 21, 1951||Atoll K||Feature||A co-production of Les Films Sirius (France), Franco-London Films (France), and Fortezza Films (Italy); released in the United Kingdom as Escapade; re-issued in the United States as Robinson Crusoe-Land and Utopia|
During the early days of sound American motion picture companies often made foreign-language versions of their films. The following is a list of known foreign-language versions of Laurel and Hardy films.
|1930||Blotto||Une Nuit Extravagante
(An Extravagant Night)
|La Vida Nocturna
(The Night Life)
|1930||Brats||Les bons petits diables
(Good Little Devils)
|Dos Buenos Chicos
(Two Good Boys)
|1930||Below Zero||Tiembla y Titubea
(Shivering and Shaking)
|1930||Berth Marks and The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case||Feu mon oncle
(My Late Uncle)
|Spuk um Mitternacht
(Haunting at Midnight)
|Noche de Duendes
(Night of the Goblins)
|1930||Chickens Come Home||Politiquerias
(Playing at Politics)
|1931||Be Big! and Laughing Gravy||Les Carottiers
|1931||Pardon Us||Sous Les Verrous
(Under the Locks)
|Hinter Schloss und Riegel
(Under Lock and Key)
Only a handful of clips survive
|De Bote En Bote
(From Cell to Cell)
Note: A lost German-language version of The Hollywood Revue of 1929, Wir Schalten um auf Hollywood (We Switch to Hollywood), was made and released in 1931. Apparently Laurel and Hardy do not appear in it.
|1936||Galaxy of Stars||A promotional short film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer only for MGM exhibitors in Europe and Africa, featuring Laurel and Hardy. Rediscovered in 2005.|
|1957||The Golden Age of Comedy||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Dwight Weist and Ward Wilson.
* Features clips from The Second Hundred Years (1927), The Battle of the Century (1927), You're Darn Tootin' (1928), Two Tars (1928), We Faw Down (1928), and Double Whoopee (1929).
|1960||When Comedy Was King||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Dwight Weist.
* Features clips from Big Business (1929).
|1961||Days of Thrills and Laughter||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Jay Jackson.
|1963||30 Years of Fun||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Features clips from The Lucky Dog (1921).
|1964||The Big Parade of Comedy||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Les Tremayne.
* Features clips from Hollywood Party (1934) and Bonnie Scotland (1935).
* Also known as M.G.M.'s Big Parade of Comedy.
|1965||Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Jay Jackson.
* Features clips from Thicker than Water (1935), 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926), Sugar Daddies (1927), The Second Hundred Years (1927), Call of the Cuckoo (1927), Putting Pants on Philip (1927), The Battle of the Century (1927), Leave 'Em Laughing (1928), The Finishing Touch (1928), From Soup to Nuts (1928), You're Darn Tootin' (1928), Two Tars (1928), Habeas Corpus (1928), We Faw Down (1928), Liberty (1929), Wrong Again (1929), and Double Whoopee (1929).
|1966||The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy||* Written by Bill Scott.|
* Produced by Hal Roach, Jr., Raymond Rohauer, and Jay Ward.
* Narrated by Garry Moore.
* Features clips from Perfect Day (1929), Bacon Grabbers (1929), The Hoose-Gow (1929), Blotto (1930), Hog Wild (1930), Chickens Come Home (1931), Come Clean (1931), Beau Hunks (1931), Helpmates (1932), Any Old Port! (1932), The Music Box (1932), Towed in a Hole (1932), Me and My Pal (1933), Busy Bodies (1933), Dirty Work (1933), Sons of the Desert (1933), Going Bye-Bye! (1934), The Bohemian Girl (1936), Way Out West (1937), Swiss Miss (1938), and Block-Heads (1938).
|1967||The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Jay Jackson.
* Features clips from Sugar Daddies (1927), The Second Hundred Years (1927), Do Detectives Think? (1927), Leave 'Em Laughing (1928), Flying Elephants (1928), You're Darn Tootin' (1928), Should Married Men Go Home? (1928), Early to Bed (1928), Habeas Corpus (1928), That's My Wife (1929), and Angora Love (1929).
|1969||The Best of Laurel and Hardy||* Produced and directed by James L. Wolcott.|
* Features clips from Night Owls (1930), Below Zero (1930), Be Big! (1931), Laughing Gravy (1931), Our Wife (1931), Pardon Us (1931), One Good Turn (1931), County Hospital (1932), Their First Mistake (1932), The Live Ghost (1934), and Our Relations (1936).
|1970||4 Clowns||* Written, produced, and directed by Robert Youngson.|
* Narrated by Jay Jackson.
* Features clips from The Second Hundred Years (1927), Putting Pants on Philip (1927), Big Business (1929), Double Whoopee (1929), Two Tars (1928), and Their Purple Moment (1928).
B.^ "Under the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format."
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