Block-Heads (1938)

Produced by Hal Roach
Directed by John G. Blystone

Featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Minna Gombell, Patricia Ellis, Billy Gilbert, James Finlayson


In World War One, Stan is left to guard a trench while Ollie goes 'over the top'. More than twenty years later, Stan is discovered still at his post. Ollie, now married, sees his friend's picture in the newspaper and visits him at the Old Soldier's Home. Stan is invited back for a meal but Mrs. Hardy objects and storms out. Stan and Ollie's disastrous attempts to cook lead to the arrival of an attractive neighbour - and her shotgun-wielding husband.



The central situation of BLOCK-HEADS is based on that in the team's very first talkie, UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE (also available from VVL). At the time of release, BLOCK-HEADS was announced as the final appearance of the Laurel and Hardy team. Fortunately this was not the case, but BLOCK-HEADS was to be the last L&H film distributed under Roach's long-standing arrangement with M-G-M.