The sound-era comedy shorts of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have long been widely available on video. However, their silent era shorts have been difficult, if not altogether impossible, to find. These shorts have never appeared on television and most have never even been available on video. This is an unfortunate situation, for the silent comedies of Laurel and Hardy contain some of their most creative work. During the sound era, they would rework and polish many of the routines that they had first devised in their silent shorts. The basic premise of "We Faw Down" (1928), for example, was retooled into feature length in Sons of the Desert (1934). And they reworked "Angora Love" (1929) as the sound-era short "Laughing Gravy" (1931).
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