Leave 'Em Laughing (1928)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 21 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

In this Laurel and Hardy two-reel silent, Stan's toothache is keeping both him and Ollie awake. Their attempts to pull the tooth out also wake up their chagrined landlord (the perennial Laurel and Hardy landlord, Charlie Hall). The next day, Ollie takes Stan to a dentist (Jack V. Lloyd). Stan, after sitting in the waiting room and seeing the wreckage a dental visit can do, has gotten very nervous by the time his turn comes. Ollie tells the dentist to leave the room while he calms down the squeamish Stan. Ollie, naturally, is the one who winds up with an extracted tooth. Both of them finally leave the office under the influence of laughing gas. They encounter a cop (Edgar Kennedy, the perennial Laurel and Hardy policeman), who does not understand what is so funny. After several failed attempts to get them to stop laughing and get going, the cop takes over the wheel and drives them off -right into a puddle. Stan and Ollie are still laughing as they sink ever deeper into the mud. Much of the dentist's office scene was repeated in the boys' 1931 sound feature, Pardon Us.



dentist, landlord, laughing-gas, police-officer, toothache