Laurel and Hardy in “Brats”

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Today is the anniversary of the release date of the hilarious and insane Laurel and Hardy comedy Brats (1930), directed by James Parrott.

This is the one where Laurel and Hardy play their own kids, using split screen and oversized sets. At rise, the father versions sit at a table trying to play checkers. The boys are playing with blocks but keeping making disturbances. The fathers send them to bed. This when things really get cooking. At the climax of the commotion, Baby Ollie falls into a bathtub that is full of the water and it all comes crashing through the ceiling onto the fathers playing pool below. The fathers storm upstairs where the two kids innocently pretend to be in bed. Baby Ollie asks for a glass of water, and…let’s just say that he gets it.

For more on silent and slapstick film history see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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For more on show biz historyconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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