So, I’m getting towards the end of my countdown, and I’m focusing on some oldies, and it doesn’t get much older than Laurel and Hardy!
And today it’s…
22nd December, Day 53
Babes In Toyland (Gus Meins and Charles Rogers, 1934)
Stan and Ollie work at the toyshop in Toyland, a place inhabited by fairy tale characters. They live with the old lady who lives in a shoe, with Bo Peep. The Cat with the Fiddle and 3 Little Pigs are their next door neighbours. The meanest man in the world Silas Barnaby owns the mortgage on the house (well, boot) and threatens to turf them out into the street if they can’t pay. He wants to marry Little Bo Peep, but she refuses his advances. Instead, when the Pied Piper helps her find her sheep – for the fifth time this month! – they fall in love and get married. When Stan and Ollie get fired from the toy shop for making 100 6ft tall soldiers for Santa instead of 600 1ft ones, it looks like the family will be kicked out the house. They attempt to burgle Barnaby, but get caught and exiled to Bogeyland. Silas agrees to drop the charges if Bo Peep will marry him – can Stan and Ollie save the day?
I find the Laurel and Hardy to be joyous, delightful treats. They always make me laugh. The whole sequence of them trying to burgle Barnaby had me in stitches, especially the “A Christmas present.. in July?” line from Barnaby that shows just how sillt there entire plan was. Also, there’s a bizarre Mickey Mouse (played by a monkey) living with the Cat with the Fiddle:
And, how can you not love this face…
Overall, I give this
You didn’t really expect me to be subjective when it came to Laurel and Hardy did you?
We’re nearly there! Next up it’s MEET JOHN DOE!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppets Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch
28th November, Day 29: Black Christmas
29th November, Day 30: Jingle All The Way
30th November, Day 31: Rare Exports
1st December, Day 32: Polar Express
2nd December, Day 33: A Christmas Story
3rd December, Day 34: Bad Santa
4th December, Day 35: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5th December, Day 36: Santa Claus: The Movie
6th December, Day 37: Krampus
7th December, Day 38: Christmas With The Kranks
8th December, Day 39: White Christmas
9th December, Day 40: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
10th December, Day 41: Christmas With The Coopers
11th December, Day 42: Fred Claus
12th December, Day 43: Santa’s Little Helper
13th December, Day 44: Santa With Muscles
14th December, Day 45: Santa’s Slay
15th December, Day 46: Four Christmases
16th December, Day 47: A Christmas Horror Story
17th December, Day 48: The Family Man
18th December, Day 49: Silent Night, Deadly Night!
19th December, Day 50: Mixed Nuts
20th December, Day 51: We’re No Angels
21st December, Day 52: Holiday Inn
22nd December, Day 53: Babes In Toyland
PPS As a little treat for reading all the way to the end, here’s Stan and Ollie from Way Out West dancing to ACDCs Shoot To Thrill.
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 – watch more Laurel and Hardy!