Mr. Movie

Battelle brings back Laurel and Hardy in 'Sons of the Desert'

RICHLAND — Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were great in small doses.

Today, close to 80 years later, their shorts are still really funny. Their feature films are not so good. The best thing about this Laurel and Hardy flick is its use as study material in the history of cinematic humor.

In 1933, Sons of the Desert was probably funny, which is why it is considered a classic.

Though you won’t laugh much, see the opening flick in the Battelle Film Club's Spring Series for that reason alone.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Not rated, probably G. It plays one time only -- Friday, Jan. 28 -- at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.