Oliver Hardy & Cary Grant: Help Celebrate Their Birthdays

Today in film history, two of the most “shimmering, glowing stars in the cinema firmament” were born on the same day – Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy fame) and Cary Grant. Let’s wish Happy Birthday to two of Hollywood’s most fabulous stars by remembering their best movies. What are your favorites?

Actors Birthdays January 18: Oliver Hardy & Cary Grant

  • Valerie

    Cary Grant…Gunga Din
    Oliver Hardy…(can’t remember the actual name) The Piano Movers

  • Allen Hefner

    Oh, the choices! So many movies, so little time!
    OK, Grant in Father Goose…or North by Northwest…or maybe Arsenic and Old Lace. I dunno.
    Ollie in Sons of the Desert…no wait, Way Out West…NO, Blotto…Hog Wild? I could go on and on.

    And BTW, the piano mover L&H film was The Music Box (1932). The boys’ only Oscar.

  • Larry

    The Music Box for Ollie. My favorite movie with Cary in it is Arsenic and Old Lace, but my favorite Cary role in a movie is more difficult, probably Houseboat or Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, or Father Goose, or the one with the leopards and Kathryn Hepburn.

  • Jim

    There are so many for both of them that it’s impossible for me to pick favorites. I’m just grateful that both of them gave us so much to laugh about.


    Cary Grant Destination Tokyo
    Oliver Hardy A Chump At Oxford


    Valerie,The Laurel and Hardy film you were looking for is The Music Box.

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  • kent gravett

    Grant: Mr. Lucky and Room for one More (a tie) Both show all of the various sides of Grant. Seeing them you get everything that he did and have a great time viewing it. If it was a complete film I would also include the final Scene with Kerr in An Affair to Remember–the rpos at their best

    Olie: Sons of the Desert and The Music Box.

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  • Harry Lyme

    The Music Box

    Father Goose or The Batchelor and the Bobbysoxer

  • Seren

    I agree, how can anyone have just one favorite with these two stars. I couldn’t name just one movie either. Let’s just say, when they are on, I watch.

  • Thomas W. Wilson

    For Cary Grant many but probably my favorite is Arsenic and Old Lace. For Babe hardy, everything, including his efforts sans Stan Laurel such as Zenobia and The Fighting Kentuckian and even the Fox and Warner Brothers features which are not up to the Hal Roach standards and which they were not happy with. He is definitely in the pantheon of those actors that I watch anything they are in. also, it is my daughters birthday!

  • Jack West

    Cary Grant: The Pride and The Passion, then North by Northwest followed by Houseboat. Oliver Hardy:too many images.

  • Roger Lindberg

    Too many Cary Grant great movies! Guess I’ll go with “Notorious”—-but love “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “The Philadelphia Story” and “Charade”…….and on and on………
    Hardy’s great movie was “Sons of the Desert.”

  • John Primavera

    An Affair to Remember and North by Northwest
    are my favorite Grants flicks.

  • Martin Stumacher

    Destination Tokyo and North By Northwest for Cary Grant. Sons of the Desert and Zenobia for Oliver Hardy.

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  • Bryank

    Piano Movers for Oliver Hardy
    Cary Grant? You gotta be kidding!! So many I have thoroughly enjoyed over the years, choosing only one?! Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer , Gunga Din, Father Goose. Far too many to go on! These are a few of my favorites.

  • Tito Pannaggi

    Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief” + “North by Northwest”

    Oliver ‘Ollie’ Hardy in “The Fighting Kentuckian” + ‘Brats’.

    It was nearly a mission impossible, they were great in so many films!

  • goarmy

    All their movies were made better by their presence.
    Favorites ? cary- north by northwest and holiday. ollie- way out west and chump at oxford. the musical interludes in w out w were charming.

  • bonnerace

    For Cary Grant: Everything he did with Hitchcock. Plus Arsenic and Old Lace and Houseboat.
    For Oliver Hardy: Nearly everything he did with Stan Laurel, though Sons of the Desert and The Music Box are favorites. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOTH!!!!

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  • Vince Briani

    Cary Grant favorites… An Affair to Remember… His Girl Friday…
    Indiscreet… N by NW… Notorious… Phila Story… My Favorite Wife… To Catch a Thief… Bishop’s Wife… Charade… Penny Serenade… Gunga Din… Awful Truth…

    Obviously, my favorite male actor…

  • Lee Dowling

    Loved Cary Grant in Bringing up Baby with Kathryn Hepburn and also Charades with Audrey Hepburn.

  • Lee Dowling

    Bringing Up Baby with Kathryn Hepburn and Charades with Audrey Hepburn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/constantine.santas.9 Constantine Santas

    Both my favorites: King of laughter vs. King of comedy–plus a few other things….

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dana.thompson.754 Dana Thompson

    I love everything Cary Grant ever did, He is the “Man” and Oliver Hardy was my favorite funny man with his partner Stanley, another fine mess