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Stan Laurel (16 June, 1890 23 February, 1965) and Oliver Hardy (18 January, 1892 7 August, 1957) are an early 20th century comedy double-act famous for visual-slapstick humour. Among the most enduringly famous of Laurel and Hardy's works are ''Film/TheMusicBox'', which features two workers' Sisyphean attempts to move a piano up several flights of stairs, and ''Film/BabesInToyland''.

Laurel and Hardy got their start as a duo with director Hal Roach's Hal Roach Studios in the late 1920s, and occasionally worked with bigger studios such as RKO and MGM. They are notable for their successful transition from silent-era film to "talkies", and were extremely prolific throughout the late '20s and the '30s. In later years they also toured extensively as stage performers.

Though the pair's sketches were often the result of a team of writers, Stan Laurel was something of an "idea man" who rewrote segments of scripts and did a lot of improvising.

The YMMV page can be found [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/LaurelAndHardy here]].

!!Works Featured on This Wiki:

* ''Film/BigBusiness'' (1929)
* ''Film/TheMusicBox'' (1932)
* ''Film/SonsOfTheDesert'' (1933)
* ''Film/BabesInToyland'' (1934)
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!!Tropes Associated With Laurel and Hardy:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Oliver Hardy was a talented physical comedy performer and a graceful dancer, despite his size.
* AllJustADream: ''The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case'', ''Oliver the Eighth''
* AmusingInjuries: Frequently.
* AsideGlance: One of Hardy's trademarks, turning to the camera with an expression that just reads, "Why always me?" Also used when he was baffled by Laurel's actions, when it means "What is he doing ''now''?"
** While uproariously funny in itself, it was often used to pad out a gag to give the audience time to finish laughing so they wouldn't miss the next bit of dialog.
** Stan himself would sometimes direct a befuddled gaze at the camera.
* {{Badass}}: Both of them. They're practically MadeOfIron and once ''defeated an entire army of angry Arabs'' with nothing but tacks scattered on the desert floor.
* BedsheetLadder: In ''Laughing Gravy'', Stan tries to hoist Ollie up via one of these, with the expected results.
* BigGuyLittleGuy as well as FatAndSkinny. Oliver Hardy disliked being overweight, but the studios insisted upon his ''not'' dieting to maintain this trope.
** In Spanish they are literally known as "El Gordo y el Flaco" (The Fat and the Skinny).
** In Dutch too: "De Dikke en de Dunne" (The Fat and the Skinny)
*** Same in Brazillian Portuguese, "O Gordo e o Magro".
*** In European Portuguese, "O Bucha e o Estica" (The Chub and the Stretch).
*** And in German as "Dick und Doof" (Fat and Stupid).
*** And in Finnish as "Ohukainen ja Paksukainen" (Skinny and Fatty).
*** Just say, "Remember in those old movies, those two funny guys Fatty and Skinny?" and many people know exactly who you mean.
* BlackWidow: In ''Oliver the Eighth'' (though ''she's'' the rich one, not her husbands).
* BloodlessCarnage: In ''Beau Hunks'', two Legionnaires are gunned down and fall off the battlements with no blood seen at all, despite the fact they're dead.
* TheBoxingEpisode: ''Any Old Port''
* {{Brotherhood of Funny Hats}}: The eponymous brotherhood/lodge in ''Sons of the Desert''. (Both men were Freemasons in real life.)
* TheCastShowoff: Ollie had quite a set of pipes. Plus, both the boys frequently got to show off their dancing.
* CatchPhrase: "Well, here's ''another'' fine mess you've gotten me into!", often said by Ollie to Stan after things went awry. One of their shorts was even called ''Another Fine Mess''.
** Actually this is a case of BeamMeUpScotty. Ollie would sometimes say it was "another ''nice'' mess", but never fine. The confusion probably comes from the title of that short.
*** Furthermore, people often misquote the phrase as, "...another fine mess you've gotten ''us'' into!"
** Laurel's tearful, high-pitched whimper of, "Well, I couldn't help it!", often in response to the above accusation.
** Also, Hardy's "Why don't you do something to ''help'' me?" and agonized bellow of "''OHHH!''"
* CementShoes: PlayedForLaughs in ''Our Relations.''
* CharacterTics: Ollie's bashful tie-twiddling and Stan's befuddled head-scratching.
** The forceful "Take ''that!''" nods both would give to punctuate an EscalatingWar.
** Stan's idiotic smile.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: ''Pack Up Your Troubles'' plays this trope straight. Early on, Stan and Oliver get an Army cook in trouble. He vows that if he ever comes across the duo again, he'd come after them with a knife. At the end of the film, when they've happily resolved everything, they're asked to stay to eat. The cook turns out to be the former Army cook from before - and he makes good on his threat as he chases Laurel and Hardy off into the distance.
* TheChewToy: Ollie, always on the receiving end of most injuries.
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: ''Liberty''
* CreditsGag: ''Another Fine Mess'' has its credits recited aloud by a pair of twin usherettes.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: At the end of ''One Good Turn'', Stan snaps and starts physically attacking Ollie while shouting threats. The boys added this in because Stan's little girl was scared of her "Uncle Ollie" (she thought the way he bullied Stan in the films was ''real''); seeing a movie where her dad finally stood up to him completely fixed the problem.
** This was also an example of SerendipityWritesThePlot: The ending was improvised because Stanley's daughter was actually on the set that day and he wanted her to be happy.
** In ''Block-Heads'', the boys have a run-in with a bratty little kid (played by Tommy Bond, aka "Butch" in ''TheLittleRascals''). This leads to the kid's father twice kicking Ollie in the rear...for which Stan retaliates in turn by landing a punch on the guy's chin that ''knocks him out cold.''
* CrustyCaretaker: Seen in ''The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case'', although PlayedForLaughs.
* CurbStompBattle: Seen in ''Beau Hunks''. Once Ollie and Stan unleash tacks on the Riffs, the battle is immediately won by the French Foreign Legion.
* CueTheRain: ''Helpmates''
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Flying Deuces''. It has several moments of GallowsHumor, contains long drawn-out scenes that have just as many contemplative and depressing moments as they do funny moments, and [[spoiler:kills off Ollie at the climax, leaving Stan all alone...until the next scene where he comes back as a talking horse]].
* DashinglyDapperDerby
* DeadpanSnarker: Ollie, usually towards Stanley when he says or does an idiocy. He can also be [[SilentSnarker a silent one]].
* DecoyProtagonist: Eddie Smith in ''Pack Up Your Troubles''. Initially, it seems as though he'll be something of an underdog hero (his wife left him, he has a little toddler he has to take care of, he's been estranged from his father) while Stan and Ollie act as the comic relief. Then, [[spoiler:[[MoodWhiplash he is killed]] while serving in WWI]], and the focus stays on Stan and Ollie for the rest of the movie as they [[spoiler:try to take care of his daughter and reunite her with her grandparents; thankfully, the comedic tone returns after this shift of focus]].
* DisasterDominoes: Often. Very often, in fact.
* DownerEnding: There were several films with a Downer ending (known as the body terror ending) where the boys' bodies are tortured, and ends with Ollie telling Stan "Well, Here's Another Nice Mess You've Gotten Me Into!" And Stan whines in a high-pitched voice "But I Couldn't Help It, You Always Picked Me!"
** ''Going Bye-Bye'' has Stan and Ollie sitting in a couch with their legs tied to their neck.
** ''The Live Ghost'' has Stan and Ollie's heads backwards.
** ''The Bohemian Girl'' has Stan as a dwarf and Ollie as a giant from after being in the tortured chamber.
** ''The Bullfighters'' has Stan and Ollie are being skinned alive and become [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dWbrQDx-WMI/UtsmAyvm28I/AAAAAAAAkdk/h2rSwfFJaeg/s1600/tumblr_lt74iczjXo1qiz3j8o1_500.gif skeletons]].
* {{Dreadful Musician}}s: They appear to be this in ''You're Darn Tootin''' and ''Below Zero''.
* DrivenToSuicide: The boys' landlord, in ''Laughing Gravy''.
* EpicFail: '''''IN SPADES'''''. [[UpToEleven Nearly everything they do often turns into one big fail.]]
* EscalatingWar: A frequent occurrence.
* ExtremeOmniGoat: ''Angora Love''
* FatBastard: Ollie is a ''huge'' JerkAss to Stan in almost all the films.
* FatIdiot: Ollie.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Very few of the comedy team's films end with them achieving success, usually because Stan does something utterly boneheaded to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
* FingerSnapLighter: Stan is able to do this in ''Way out West'', which baffles Ollie.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Hardy is the only one aside from Creator/CharlieChaplin [[GrandfatherClause who gets a free pass]] for using the toothbrush mustache that AdolfHitler made infamous.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Stan and Ollie were masters of improvised comedy.
* HenpeckedHusband: Including one feature titled ''Should Married Men Go Home?''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The characters they portrayed, more often than not, and the actors themselves.
** [[http://www.hollywoodusa.co.uk/HollHillsObituaries/stanlaurel.htm From Stan Laurel's obituary]]:
--> On August 7, 1957, Oliver Hardy died. Due to his own poor health, Stan did not attend his funeral, stating "Babe (Hardy's nickname) would understand". After that, Stan realized he would never act again, but he did write gags and sketches for fellow comedians. People who knew Laurel said he was absolutely devastated by Hardy's death and never fully recovered. On one occasion following Hardy's passing, a casual fan mistook Laurel for his late partner. "Aren't you Oliver Hardy?" the fan asked. Laurel obliged, claiming he was indeed Oliver Hardy. The fan then asked whatever happened to "the other guy". Laurel tellingly replied: "Oh, him? Well, he went quite mad".
* IdentityAmnesia: In ''A Chump at Oxford'', Stan is revealed to actually be one "Lord Paddington", a brilliant and snobby university scholar who lost his memory (and most of his intelligence) and left campus when a window [[TapOnTheHead closed on his head]]. He temporarily becomes his alter ego in ''Chump'' when that same window drops on his head again, but the accident is naturally repeated once more just before the film's end, thereby returning Stan to his usual stupid self and [[StatusQuoIsGod maintaining the status quo]].
* IdenticalStranger: ''Our Relations''
* JerkAss: Ollie.
* LargeHam: Hardy
* LegionOfLostSouls: ''Beau Hunks'' and ''The Flying Deuces'' have the boys joining them.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snnCKVFzjHE&list=RDaQqC6_6Wf0M The Cuckoo Song]]"''
* LethallyStupid: Stan. And ''how!''...
** Ollie can be this also. Their natural gift for self-inflicted disasters is topped by Film/TheThreeStooges alone.
*** Oliver Hardy once remarked that his character was actually the more thickheaded of the two, because he would always place his complete faith and trust in Stan no matter how invariably Stan led them into disaster.
* MadScientist: ''Dirty Work''
* MadeOfIron: Both of them in most of their films. They can take pianos crushing them, ladders in the eye, houses collapsing on them and [[GroinAttack truncheons to the groin]] with only minimal pain, then go back to what they were doing in the first place.
* {{Malaproper}}: Stan, often.
-->"You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead."
** Though ''Sons of the Desert'' finds him briefly achieving SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
--->'''Stan:''' I've certainly got to hand it to you, Ollie.
--->'''Ollie:''' For what?
--->'''Stan:''' Well, for the meticulous care with which you have executed your finely-formulated machinations in extricating us from this devastating dilemma.
--->'''Ollie:''' ''(*[[AsideGlance stares incredulously at the camera]]*)''
--->'''Stan:''' Then, on the other hand... ''(*lapses back into his usual confused state*)''
--->'''Ollie:''' Get in bed. "Meticulous". Hmmph!
* ManChild: Laurel.
* MathematiciansAnswer: In ''Sons of the Desert'', Stan and Ollie wouldn't get back home until they came up with a cover story for an escapade. When interrogated by cops about their places of residence, Ollie claimed to live at home and Stan said he was Ollie's next door neighbor. Stan, being Stan, told a really useful answer later.
* MirrorMonologue: Ollie, in ''Helpmates''.
* MurphysBed: Plays a role in ''Be Big!''
* NeverMyFault: Whenever things invariably went wrong, Ollie would tell Stan "Well, here's another [[strike:fine]] nice mess you've gotten me into!" This was Ollie's CatchPhrase.
* [[NiceHat Nice Hats]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the last Warner Bros. BoskoTheTalkInkKid short, "Bosko's Picture Show", one of the films shown features Laurel and Hardy caricatures, dubbed as "Haurel and Lardy".
* NoFourthWall: Ollie [[AsideGlance broke the Fourth Wall]] in nearly ''every single film'', while Stan pulled off an AsideGlance a few times.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Happens in ''Film/SonsOfTheDesert'': Ollie's wife throws every piece of crockery in the house at him, while everybody in the restaurant subjects the boys to this in ''Below Zero.''
* OffscreenCrash: Frequently.
* OnOneCondition: An alternate, three-reel version of ''Laughing Gravy'' has Stan getting a letter informing him he's inherited $1,000 from a deceased uncle...provided he severs all connections with Ollie.
* OverlyLongGag: The boot routine that takes up the majority of ''Be Big''. Because of it, ''Be Big'' is generally considered the worst of their shorts and sometimes even the worst film they ever made ''period'' prior to leaving Hal Roach.
* ThePratfall: there's even a fan magazine for the pair called ''Pratfall''.
* PieInTheFace / FoodFight: ''The Battle of the Century''
* ReallyGetsAround: [[JeanHarlow "Jeanie-Weenie"]], in ''Beau Hunks''.
* TheRemake: Their first non-Roach feature, ''Flying Deuces'', plays with this. It's generally called a ''partial'' remake of their earlier four-reeler, ''Beau Hunks'', using the same basic set-up - Stan and Ollie enlisting in the foreign legion after a woman breaks Ollie's heart - but not any of the earlier film's gags or plot developments.
** ''The Music Box'' is a loose remake of the earlier silent short ''Hats Off'', only instead of the original washing machine being lugged up an interminable flight of stairs, it's a piano.
** ''Laughing Gravy'' is basically a remake of the silent ''Angora Love''.
** The first reel of the feature length version of ''A Chump at Oxford'' is a remake of the 1928 silent short ''From Soup to Nuts''.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Stan.
* ServileSnarker: The butler in ''Dirty Work''.
* ShowSomeLeg: How Stan stops the stagecoach in ''Way Out West'', parodying ''ItHappenedOneNight''.
* SingleIssueLandlord: In ''Laughing Gravy''.
* {{Slapstick}}
* SquirrelsInMyPants: The crab in ''Liberty''.
* SuperhumanTransfusion: Variant-- in ''Thicker Than Water'', a botched blood transfusion (too much donated from Stan to Ollie, then too much put back from Ollie to Stan, and so on) results in Ollie's excess weight being transferred over to Stan. (Of course, in reality, Hardy had simply shaved his mustache and Laurel had grown one, to appear as each other.) [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U5OmWgNVk8k/S8lxHLfDMNI/AAAAAAAABe4/9cbOV4wz9cw/s1600/Laurel+and+Hardy+-+Thicker+Than+Water.jpg See here.]]
* TheTake: In various forms, including all manner of {{Spit Take}}s and the hilarious DelayedReaction take that was Laurel's specialty.
* ThrowThePin: Stan (naturally) in ''Beau Hunks''.
* TooDumbToLive: Both of 'em.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: ''Brats'' has Stan and Ollie babysitting their [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike children]]; ''Twice Two'' has them married to each other's [[DistaffCounterpart lookalike sisters]]; ''Our Relations'' has them mixed up with their [[TwinSwitch identical twins]].
* VagabondBuddies
* VandalismBackfire: In ''You're Darn [=Tootin'=]'', Stan and Ollie knock each other's hats off as part of an EscalatingWar. Then Ollie stamps on what he thinks is Stan's hat. It turns out to be his own.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The second variety. Stan and Ollie spend a lot of time engaging in ComedicSociopathy around each other. In RealLife, this too was the case--but unlike many duos that went without with the "best buds" part, Laurel and Hardy omitted "vitriolic". This was perhaps a great part of their appeal: the actors themselves were dear friends, and it showed.
** ''Below Zero'', when Ollie is desperate after he gets kicked out and some bad guys hold Stan prisoner (for failing to pay their dining bill) is practically AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.
* WorkOffTheDebt: Averted HARD in the short "Below Zero"; the duo treats a cop to a meal in return for helping them earlier. It turns out that if you can't pay your bill in said restaurant, you don't wash dishes; [[DisproportionateRetribution everyone in the restaurant subjects you to a]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Guess what happens to Laurel and Hardy when it's revealed that they can't pay their check?
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