The Laurel & Hardy Collection DVD


Four Classic Comedy Films In A Two DVD Box Set March Of The Wooden SoldiersLaurel and Hardy star as Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee in this classic comedy musical set in the fairytale world of Toyland. When the unscrupulous Silas Barnaby threatens to evict Mother Widow Peep from her home, the boys come to her rescue…or at least they would have if they’d not been fired from the toy factory for getting Santa Claus’s order wrong by making 100 six foot soldiers instead of 600 one foot soldiers! But when Barnaby and his evil Bogeymen terrorise Toyland, an army of wooden soldiers... is just what the town needs to rid themselves of his wickedness once and for all. The Flying DeucesOllie is heartbroken when he discovers that Georgette, the beautiful daughter of a Parisian innkeeper, is already married to a dashing officer in the French Foreign Legion. In order to forget her, Ollie and Stan join the Legion but army life isn’t for them and their bumbling antics land them in very hot water, right up to their necks. These two Hollywood legends are about to realise getting out of the Legion is a lot harder than getting in. UtopiaStan and Ollie are the unlikely inheritors of a yacht and a small island. They set sail for their new home accompanied by a stateless refugee and a stowaway. After violent storm causes our heroes to crash on their island, they decide to create their own republic - Utopia. All goes well until uranium is discovered and the island is bombarded with money-hungry adventurers. Bogus BanditsSet in northern Italy in the early 18th Century, Stan and Ollie star as wannabe bandits Stanilo and Olio who holdup the wrong man on their first job. Their victim is none other than the infamous highwayman Fra Diavolo also known as the Marquis de San Marco, a nobleman who uses his social position to steal from his fellow gentry. They find new employment as Fra Diavolo’s servants and soon become embroiled in a dastardly scheme to steal 500,000 francs. But no matter how good the plan is, with Stanilo and Olio around nothing is ever as easy as it should be. [show more]

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21 March 2011
Pegasus Entertainment 
320 minutes 
Black & White, Dolby, PAL 
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Collection of classic comedies starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In 'March of the Wooden Soldiers' (1934) the duo inhabit the fantastic Mother Goose-based Toyland as employees of Santa Claus. Thanks to their bumbling but good-hearted efforts, Bo-Peep (Charlotte Henry) is saved from a disastrous marriage, her true love is spared exile and the evil Barnaby (Henry Kleinbach) is banished forever. In 'The Flying Deuces' (1939) Stan and Ollie are enjoying a Parisian holiday when the latter falls for Georgette (Jean Parker), unaware that she is already married. When she spurns his advances, Ollie joins the Foreign Legion 'to forget', with Stan in tow. The pair do not make the best of soldiers, however, and are shocked to discover that they cannot simply leave the army when they feel like it! 'Utopia', (1950) Laurel and Hardy's last film together, sees them inherit an island in the South Pacific. Unfortunately, their paradise is threatened by crooks who are after its rich source of uranium. Finally, in 'Bogus Bandits' (1933) Olio and Stanlio are the servants of Fra Diavoli (Dennis King), a bandit who is in reality the Marquis de San Marco. As the Marquis he discovers the whereabouts of high society ladies' jewellery, only to steal the valuables in his bandit guise.