Leave 'Em Laughing

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Leave 'Em Laughing
L&H Leave em Laughing 1928.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Clyde Bruckman
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Reed Heustis
Hal Roach
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Music by Evie Greene
Cinematography George Stevens
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 28, 1928 (1928-01-28)
Running time
21 minutes
Language Silent film
English (Original intertitles)

Leave 'Em Laughing is a 1928 two-reel silent film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Produced by the Hal Roach Studios, it was shot in October, 1927 and released January 28, 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

It marks the first appearance of Edgar Kennedy in a Laurel and Hardy film.

Chapters of The Sons of the Desert (the international Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society) take their names from the duo's films. Leave 'Em Laughing chapters are currently located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Twin Cities, Minnesota and Jacksonville, Florida.

Opening title[edit]

What's worse than an aching tooth at three in the morning? -- Two of them --


The scene opens in the duo's flat at night time. Stan complains that he has a toothache. Ollie goes to the bathroom to get him a hot-water bottle and keeps stepping on a tack which is lying around. When Stan gets the water bottle, the lid opens and the water pours out in the bed. The two of them make much noise and the landlord (Charlie Hall) comes in, telling them that they will have to leave first thing in the morning.

The next day, Stan is in the dentist office, but is too afraid to get his tooth pulled. The dentist leaves and Ollie demonstrates how Stan should sit and not be afraid. Meanwhile, the dentist tells one of his partners that he should go to the guy who is sitting in the chair and pull his tooth out. He ended up pulling Ollie's tooth. When Stan is back in the chair, he knocks over a gas cartridge which makes everyone laugh.

Stan and Ollie leave the office and go to their car, still laughing their heads off from the gas.



Leave 'Em Laughing was remade by The Three Stooges in 1943, as "I Can Hardly Wait".[1]


  1. ^ Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 233; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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