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Habeas Corpus (1928)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 1 December 1928 (USA)
Loony scientist (Carle) hires Laurel and Hardy to raid the cemetery to keep him supplied with dead bodies for his experiments.

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Leo McCarey, H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Richard Carle ... Professor Padilla
Charley Rogers Charley Rogers ... Ledoux - the Butler (as Charlie Rogers)
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Storyline

The esteemed and slightly eccentric scientist, Professor Padilla, is one crucial ingredient short to finally prove his theory--and much to his delight--Stan and Ollie are willing to lend a hand. Five hundred dollars in cash are theirs if the boys pay a visit to the local cemetery and bring Padilla back a fresh body to complete his bold experiment. Of course, nothing is what it seems in the shadowy realm of a horrible graveyard--and as the reluctant body snatchers struggle to fulfil their mission--strange sounds and blood-curdling encounters threaten to put an end to Stan and Ollie's assignment. Just how difficult is it to steal a dead man's body? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattliga äventyr See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (music and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was made as a silent film, then was retrofitted before release with a music track and sound effects. Unfortunately, the sound discs are long lost, but this is technically Laurel & Hardy's first 'sound' film. See more »

Goofs

When the Professor drops his cigarette butt in his pocket he is suddenly wearing glasses for the first time in the film. When he pours water into his pocket a moment later the glasses are gone and never seen again. See more »

Quotes

Stan: Don't you think the Professor is a trifle cuckoo?
Ollie: He is as sound mentally as you or I.
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Connections

Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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"Professor Padilla expected to startle the medical world with his new theory - that the human brain has a level surface - in some instances, practically flat"
15 June 2001 | by gierensteinSee all my reviews

By 1928 Laurel & Hardy had finally fully developed their relationship and character traits and already delivered some silent classics -"Battle Of The Century", "Two Tars", etc. Time to explore a new genre -the horror-comedy. While "Habeas Corpus" may not be as memorable as the films mentioned above, it's still interesting to see this tried and trust formula delivered by the boys in their own way. There are no particular brilliant or original gags but I really enjoy the atmosphere - virtually everything of the film was shot at night at a local cemetery, assuring that there's really a "spooky graveyard" feeling in this two reeler.


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