Habeas Corpus (1928 film)

Habeas Corpus

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Leo McCarey
James Parrott
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Leo McCarey
H.M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Richard Carle
Charles A. Bachman
Charley Rogers
Cinematography Len Powers
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by


DIC Entertainment (1990)
Release dates
  • December 1, 1928 (1928-12-01)
Running time
20 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original intertitles)

Habeas Corpus is a 1928 short comedy silent film starring Laurel and Hardy as grave-robbers hired by a mad scientist. It was shot in July 1928 and released by M-G-M on December 1.[1] Although technically a silent film — having intertitles and no synchronized dialogue — it was the inaugural Roach film released with a synchronized music and sounds effects track for theatres wired for sound.[2] The Victor sound discs were long thought lost until a lone set surfaced in the 1990s and was reunited with the film elements.[3]


See also


  1. Skretvedt, Randy (1987). Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies. Beverly Hills, CA: Past Times Publishing. ISBN 0-940410-29-X. p. 130
  2. Skretvedt, p. 132
  3. Mitchell, Glenn (1995). The Laurel and Hardy Encyclopedia. London: Batsford Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7134-7711-3. p. 122

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