THE DEVIL’S BROTHER
1933, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Hal Roach, Charley Rogers

Northern Italy was rife with bandits in the early 1700s, none more notorious than singing bandit Fra Diavolo (Dennis King), who enlists “Stanlio” Laurel and “Ollio” Hardy to help him rob a lord (James Finlayson) and romance the man’s lady (Thelma Todd). This adaptation of the Daniel Auber operetta is filled with hilarious sequences, including Stan’s "Kneesy-Earsy-Nosey" game.


BABES IN TOYLAND
MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS
1934, 77 min, USA, Dir: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers

The Victor Herbert operetta was adapted as a musical comedy vehicle for funnyman duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and it remains as fantastically fresh and entertaining as when it was first released. In addition to the whimsical slapstick hijinks supplied by the boys, the fantasy elements are especially well-handled with the march of the wooden soldiers and the shivery climactic invasion of the bogeymen emerging as memorable highlights.


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