Category:Screenplays by H. M. Walker
Screenplays by H. M. Walker
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Screenplays by H. M. Walker
The following 123 pages are in this category, out of 123 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Derby Day (1923 film) – Derby Day is a 1923 short silent comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 19th Our Gang short subject released, as the gang are selling lemonade across the street from the racetrack, they meet up with Mary, whos rich father owns one of the horses. She gets them into the track, and theyre sufficiently impressed to start up their own junior version, when the television rights for the original silent Pathé Our Gang comedies were sold to National Telepix and other distributors, several episodes were retitled. This film was released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers in 1960 under the title Little Jockeys, about two-thirds of the original film was included
2. The Kid from Borneo – The Kid from Borneo is a comedy short subject, part of the Our Gang series. It was produced and directed by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach and it was the 122nd Our Gang short that was released. Dickie, Dorothy, and Spankys Uncle George is in town, Uncle George manages a show called Wild Man from Borneo, featuring a tribally-attired black man with a mentality of a seven-year-old child. The kids father refuses to let the real Uncle George come over so their mother has the kids visit him at the shows location and their mother explains to the kids that Uncle George is the black sheep of the family. They come to the location and another worker tells the kids that Uncle George will be right there. They mistake the Wild Man from Borneo named Bumbo for the real Uncle George, the Wild Man spots Stymies candy, he shouts Yumm Yumm Eat-Em-Up, Eat-Em-Up. and chases the kids back to their house. Once there, the man asks for more candy, saying “Yumm, yumm, Eat-Em-Up. ”. The Little Rascals themselves fend off the Wild Man in their usual mischievous ways, stymie is almost done in until Dorothy cracks the ruffian over the head with a vase. The Kid from Borneo is countervailed by the Rascals, but at the expense of the destruction of some of the house by the mistaken Uncle George, then, the mother arrives and asks Spanky where Uncle George is. She is directed upstairs and goes to a bedroom where she finds the Wild Man from Borneo lying in bed with the covers pulled over him, recovering from the cheap wine. Thinking that its her brother, the real Uncle George, she is shocked to find the primitive tribesman Bumbo, when the father comes home soon after, Dickie says Uncle George is upstairs. The dad rolls up his sleeves, vows to punch Uncle George and he looks for George and finds the Wild Man instead, who throws him literally out the 2nd floor window with no effort whatsoever. Then Spanky blasts the Wild Man out of the window with a Roman candle shot to the rear. Out on the ground, the Wild Man joins the father and mother and our Gang filmography The Kid from Borneo at the Internet Movie Database
3. H. M. Walker – Harley M. Beanie Walker was a member of the Hal Roach movie production company from 1916 until his resignation in 1932. The title cards he wrote for Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy comedies have entered legend and he was also an officer of the Roach Studio corporation. Like many screenwriters of his time, notably Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and he was a sports writer for the Los Angeles Examiner before joining Roach. This document would then pass to Walker, the head of the department, which oversaw not only script editing. Walker was an eccentric, a cat fanatic whose office always had a few tabbies in residence. His exterior was gruff and he was difficult to get along with. Director Tay Garnett had an early-career one-day trial as an assistant writer to Walker, then, Garnett, who soon discovered Walkers yeahs to be the equivalent to a round of applause, was told Come back tomorrow—on salary. Film Editor Richard Currier recounted that Walker never drove a car, as sound came to motion pictures, Walker and his staff were writing cards for Roach series considered today as classics, notably the Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy comedy short subjects. But as witty as his title cards had been, Walker was less adept at writing the spoken dialogue required by talkies, much of his work for Laurel and Hardy was so unwieldy and out of character that complete on-set revision was necessary, says The Laurel and Hardy Encyclopedia. Things came to a head with the arrival at Roach of new-broom general manager Henry Ginsburg in 1931, Ginsburgs every move was aimed at dumping costs, often at great harm to the studios creative output. One of the first casualties was cameraman George Stevens, who would go on to win two Oscars for Best Director, among the next was Beanie Walker, who resigned after sixteen years over disputes with Ginsburgs cost-cutting edicts. After leaving the Roach studio, Walker wrote dialogue for comedies produced by general manager Warren Doane at Universal Pictures. Later, he worked at Paramount Pictures, where he contributed to the W. C, fields picture The Old Fashioned Way. H. M. Walker at the Internet Movie Database H. M. Walker at Find a Grave
4. Among Those Present – Among Those Present is a short comedy film starring Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis. Mrs. OBrien is eager to be accepted as part of high society and her husband and daughter, though, have no interest in society affairs. Mrs. OBrien wants to invite Lord Abernathy to the hunt, but this woman and a confederate are merely using Mrs. OBrien and the hunt for their own purposes. When Lord Abernathy is unavailable, they convince a young man to impersonate him. Harold Lloyd as The Boy Mildred Davis as The Girl James T. Kelley as Mr. OBrien, the Father Aggie Herring as Mrs. com
5. Angora Love – Angora Love is the final silent film made by Laurel and Hardy, released on December 14,1929. A stray goat attaches itself to Laurel and Hardy and follows them everywhere and they are forced to bring it into their apartment and are not particularly effective at hiding it from their outraged landlord. Several jokes would be recycled in Laughing Gravy and The Chimp, the foot rubbing gag was re-used in Beau Hunks. Laurel and Hardy filmography Angora Love at the Internet Movie Database Angora Love at the TCM Movie Database Angora Love at AllMovie Angora Love at Rotten Tomatoes
6. Another Fine Mess – Another Fine Mess is a 1930 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It is based on the 1908 play Home From The Honeymoon by Arthur J. Jefferson, Stan Laurels father, oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel are vagabonds being chased by the police. They hide in the cellar of the mansion of a Quatermain-esque adventurer, Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot, the mansion is to be rented out until his return, but the staff sneak off for a holiday, leaving the house empty. The boys are surrounded by police and have to deceive a honeymooning couple wanting to rent the house, Ollie disguises himself as Buckshot and Stan disguises himself as both butler Hives and chambermaid Agnes. During a girl-talk scene with Thelma Todd and Stan, Stans comments get sillier and sillier, the real Colonel returns to fetch his bow and arrows, to find the disorder that had ensued after his departure. Ollie continues his masquerade as Colonel Buckshot to the real colonel, Stan and Ollie escape the ensuing row dressed as a wildebeest on a stolen tandem bicycle. They ride into a tunnel and encounter a train. Unlike other Laurel and Hardy shorts, the credits are recited by two girls in usherette outfits. Beverly and Betty Mae Crane performed the talking titles for several Roach productions during the 1930–31 season as an alternative to standard title cards. This was also the first Laurel and Hardy film to feature the well-known Leroy Shield scorings for background music, no foreign-language versions are known to exist of this short. It was possibly shown with subtitles in non-English-speaking countries, as audiences were critical of the quality of the alternate versions. For the scenes inherent in the house was chosen the still existing villa of Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens, at 3500 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, the original version is in black and white. But a coloured version can be found on Youtube, list of American films of 1930 Another Fine Mess at the Internet Movie Database Another Fine Mess at AllMovie Another Fine Mess at the TCM Movie Database Another Fine Mess at Rotten Tomatoes
7. Any Old Port! – Any Old Port. is an American 1932 Pre Code short film starring Laurel and Hardy, directed by James W. Horne and produced by Hal Roach. Sailors Laurel and Hardy disembark and book in a sleazy hotel, the owner Mugsie Long intends to marry a young girl against her wishes, but Stan and Ollie come to her rescue. After fleeing the hotel, the find out theyve left their money in their room. Ollie agrees but predictably makes Stan the fighter and himself the manager, the catch is Stans opponent is Mugsie himself. Knowing how tough Mugsie is, Ollie makes a seemingly wise bet with a drunk on Mugsie to win, the drunk accepts the bet, making himself seem to Ollie a sucker. Seeing Stan as his opponent, Mugsie loads his glove with metal before the fight begins, however, during the course of the fight, Mugsie and Stan accidentally switch gloves, causing Mugsie to comically run away from Stan knowing he has the loaded glove. Ollie winces in defeat while the drunk chuckles in triumph, turns out he wasnt so much a sucker after all, mugsies second calls a policeman and tells him Stan had been fighting with a loaded glove. Ollie is forced to give the drunk the money received for entering the fight, to Stans consternation, until Ollie explains, I bet on you to lose. Stan and Ollie flee the stadium in terror
8. Bacon Grabbers – Bacon Grabbers is a 1929 silent comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy. Repossession men Laurel and Hardy serve a summons to Mr. Kennedy and they wind up destroying both their car and the radio, as Mrs. Kennedy returns home to announce shes just paid for the radio. The title Bacon Grabbers is 1920s slang for a repo men, the movie was filmed at 2980 Haddington Drive and 10341 Bannockburn Drive in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles. Stan Laurel - Stan Oliver Hardy - Ollie Edgar Kennedy - Collis P. Kennedy Jean Harlow - Mrs
9. The Battle of the Century – The Battle of the Century is a silent short film starring American comedy double act Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951, the complete reel was rediscovered in 2015. Hardy enrolls Laurel at a boxing competition, Laurel, however, is too weak, and loses. Hardy then seeks advice from an insurer on how to earn a lot of money, Laurel has to have an injury. Hardy places a banana peel on a sidewalk, bringing Laurel there, but a pastry chef stumbles on the peel, and gets angry with Hardy, throwing a pie in his face. Hardy responds to the provocation, and soon the city block is involved in an epic battle of pies. Though The Battle of the Century is an official Laurel and Hardy entry, a young Lou Costello can be seen in an early scene as a member of the audience at the prize-fight mentioned in the films title. For many years, footage from the famous climactic pie fight was known to be the only extant material from the film until the opening reel was discovered in 1979 by Richard Feiner. However, the sequence involving Eugene Pallette was still missing, as was the final gag where a cop gets a pie in his face and promptly chases Laurel. He then buys two pies from the owner of the saloon/cafe and leaves them in order to take part in the pie battle being fought outside
10. Be Big! – Be Big. is a Hal Roach three-reel comedy starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in November and December 1930, and released on February 7,1931, mr. Cookie tells Ollie that a stag party is taking place that night in their honor and reveals irresistible details of the event when Ollie says they wont be able to attend. Ollie pretends to be sick and sends the wives on ahead, promising that he, the pair dress in their lodge gear and there are scenes of a lengthy struggle to pull one of Stans boots off Ollies foot. The wives then return having missed their train and with no escape route Stan and Ollie take to a bed in fear. These foreign versions combined the story of the English original with that of Laughing Gravy, Les Carottiers was the French version, it replaced Isabelle Keith with Germaine de Neel as Mrs. Hardy and Jean De Briac in Baldwin Cookes role of Cookie. The Spanish version, Los Calavaras, featured Linda Loredo as Mrs. Hardy, Laurel and Hardy delivered their French and Spanish lines phonetically from cue cards in both foreign versions. Anita Garvin played Mrs. Laurel in all three films, she mouthed her foreign lines phonetically, on-camera but off-mic, while an actress just off-camera spoke into a hot mic. Besides serving as a dress extra Jean De Briac was also Laurels and Hardys dialogue coach on the French-language version and this was Anita Garvins last appearance in a Laurel and Hardy short, since 1927s Why Girls Love Sailors, she had appeared in over a dozen L&H short subjects. She would return in 1938 for their feature Swiss Miss and again in 1940 in A Chump at Oxford, be Big. at the Internet Movie Database Be Big. at the TCM Movie Database Be Big. at AllMovie Be Big. at Rotten Tomatoes
11. Beau Hunks – Beau Hunks is a 1931 American Pre-Code Laurel and Hardy film, directed by James W. Horne. Beau Hunks is a reference to Beau Geste, and to the ethnic slur of the time. At 37 minutes, it is the longest L&H short, stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy join the French Foreign Legion after Ollies sweetheart Jeanie-Weenie rejects him, as it is the only place where Ollie can forget her. On an expedition to Ft. Arid, a fortress besieged by native Riffian tribesmen, surprisingly, the boys defeat the Riffians by themselves and the leader of the Riffians is revealed as another one of Jeanie-Weenies conquests. The French Foreign Legion scenario was remade as The Flying Deuces, stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Tiny Sandford Jean Harlow as Jeannie-Weenie James W. Horne as the Chief of the Riff Raff Charles B. Middleton as the Commandant Broderick OFarrell as Ft and they went on to release a number of recordings of the film music of Leroy Shield and some other composers, notably Raymond Scott. Beau Hunks at the Internet Movie Database Beau Hunks at Rotten Tomatoes Beau Hunks Orchestra in rehearsal,2007