GenreShort, Comedy Music directorLeroy Shield Duration CountryUnited States
WriterLeo McCarey, H.M. Walker Release dateFebruary 8, 1930 (1930-02-08) CastStan Laurel (Stan), Oliver Hardy (Ollie), Anita Garvin (Mrs. Laurel) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, For the Birds
Stan laurel and oliver hardy blotto 1930
Blotto (1930) is an American Pre-Code comedy film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Funny scene which was cut from the original release of blotto starring laurel and hardy
During the prohibition period, Laurel and Hardy make plans to spend a wild night out at the Rainbow Club. Phoning Stan at home, Ollie suggests a ruse by which Stan is to convince his wife, who keeps him on a short leash, that he has been called away on business. Stan readily agrees to the idea, assuring Ollie that his wife is "so dumb she'll never know the difference".
Mrs. Laurel, eavesdropping on another line, is furious, but continues listening as Stan tells Ollie that he knows where he can get some liquor. His plan is to steal the bottle that his wife has hidden in the house, and later blame the loss on the iceman. Mrs. Laurel immediately launches a scheme of her own: she replaces the alcohol with a non-alcoholic mixture. Stan and Ollie proceed to get "drunk" at the nightclub, having a wonderful time. That is, until an angry Mrs. Laurel turns up armed with a shotgun, reveals that their "liquor" is merely cold tea, chases them into the street, and demolishes their cab with one well-aimed shot.
The film originally had no music except for the orchestral version of the Ku Ku song on opening titles. The original version of the film also is not available for viewing and survives only in a censored 1937 re-release print which had Pre-Code sequences removed (about one reel of material was cut). On that version, a background music track was added which was a mixture of a few Leroy Shield jazzy tunes and some music commonly used in 1937 Hal Roach films.
Although the original 1930 version is now considered a lost film, a Spanish language version produced by MGM, entitled La Vida Nocturna has survived which shows how the film was originally presented, including a gag involving an electric fan after Stan says he needs some "fresh air". This is not available in the English version due to negative damage.
Stan Laurel – Stan
Oliver Hardy – Ollie
Anita Garvin - Mrs. Laurel (replaced in Spanish-language version by Linda Loredo)
Baldwin Cooke - Waiter
Dick Gilbert - Phone booth gawker
Charlie Hall - Cabdriver
Tiny Sandford - Waiter
Jean De Briac - Shopkeeper
Jack Hill - Bit part
Symona Boniface - Lady who sits in wet chair (Spanish-language version only)
The film was reshot and entitled La Vida Nocturna for the Spanish language market.