Day 14 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016

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Hello everyone! 🙂

It’s Day 14 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016.

What do hard boiled eggs and nuts have in common?

Laurel & Hardy of course! This is a comedy duo that I love watching in their series of short films and movies from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy did some of the best comedy shown in the black-and-white days of American film culture. The world has never stopped laughing!

Today’s video shows half of a 1932 short film featuring Laurel & Hardy called ‘County Hospital’. In the film, Stan visits his friend Ollie in hospital since he has a bad leg. He brings some hard boiled eggs and nuts when he could have got a box candy for him. But Ollie didn’t pay Stan for the last box he’d bought for him.

My Dad loves this section from the ‘County Hospital’ film, especially with the hard boiled eggs and nuts. He presented an audio track of this scene from the ‘Laurel & Hardy’ CD we’ve got for a music presentation earlier in April, 2016. Here I am presenting that scene for today in this YouTube video.

The scene also features Billy Gilbert who plays the Doctor in this short film. There’s a really funny slapstick scene where the Doctor is caught out of the window and Ollie is dangling up to the ceiling with his bad leg. Ollie is soon sent home and he blames Stan for spoiling his peace at the hospital.

Poor Stan! Laurel & Hardy will always remain one of my favourite comedy duos from the classic days of American films in the 20s, 30s and 40s. ‘County Hospital’ is one of their finest films together, as well as others like ‘The Music Box’. I hope you’ll get to check out this comedy duo and their films too.

Thanks for watching and reading!

Find out what Day 14 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2015 was about!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Day 14 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2016

  1. sirtoweringrage

    Great stuff, Tim!
    I have always liked the way that Billy Gilbert played the authority figures in Laurel and Hardy films. Barely suppressed rage, as he struggles to maintain dignity and an avuncular politeness. Haha! Always makes me laugh!

    He’s right up there with James Finlayson and Walter Long in being a wonderful supporting actor and foil to Stan and Ollie.

    Thanks for posting the clip!

    Sir T.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Thanks Sir T.

    Glad you enjoyed the video clip with L&H.

    Yes Billy Gilbert is one of those finest foils for Stan & Ollie with James Finlayson and Walter Long as well. I always like it when they play like the third of the double act, especially with James Finalyson with ‘doh!’ all the time.

    I like it when Billy Gilbert has a moustache as it suits him in those funny scenes with Stan and Ollie. I’ve discovered that Billy Gilbert also did some voices for some Disney films that I wasn’t even aware of like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Fun and Fancy Free’.

    Thanks for your comments, Sir T. Glad you’re enjoying my Advent Calendar so far!

    Tim. 🙂

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