Habeas Corpus (1928)

USA, 1928
colour, 1.33:1

An American comedy horror film directed by Leo McCarey and James Parrott. It was shot as a silent film but a Vitaphone soundtrack of music and sound effects – long thought to have been lost – made it technically Laurel and Hardy’s first sound film. Production began in July 1928 and it was originally released on 1 December 1928.

Plot Summary

A mad scientist hires Laurel and Hardy to dig up bodies from the local cemetery for use in his experiments.


* = uncredited

Directed by: James Parrott
Supervising Director: Leo McCarey
Copyright MCMXXVIII [1928]
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Hal Roach presents
Produced by: Hal Roach
Written by: Leo McCarey
Titles by: H.M. Walker
Photographed by: Len Powers
Edited by: Richard Currier

Stan Laurel (Stan)
Oliver Hardy (Ollie)
Richard Carle (Professor Padilla)
Charlie Rogers (Ledoux – the butler)
Chester A. Bachman [2nd policeman] *
Leo Sulky [detective on telephone] *

Alternative Titles

Paura al cimitero – Italy

Extracts included in
Laurel and Hardy’s Laughing 20’s (1965)
Laurel und Hardy auf der Jagd nach dem Mammon (1973)

See also
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)



  • Laurel & Hardy text by John McCabe, compiled by Al Kilgore pp.80-81 – illustrated credits, note
  • The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia by Glenn Mitchell pp.129-130 – synopsis, review
  • The Pocket Essential: Laurel & Hardy by Brian J. Robb pp.43-44 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.179 – credits