Duck Soup (1927 film)
Duck Soup is a silent comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951. Fleeing a group of forest rangers, who are rounding up tramps to serve as firefighters and Hardy take refuge in a mansion; the owner has gone on vacation and the servants are away, so Hardy pretends to be the owner and offers to rent the house to an English couple. Hardy gets Laurel to pose as the maid; the owner returns and tells the would-be renters that he owns the house. Laurel and Hardy flee again and are caught by the rangers and forced to fight wildfires. Duck Soup was considered a lost film for nearly fifty years, until a print was discovered in 1974, it was thought by film scholars that the comedians shared any scenes, if any, but in fact they appear as a team throughout the entire picture, albeit rather primitively, dressed in tramp costuming, with Hardy sporting an unshaven chin and top hat.
In the next few films and Hardy were together as separate performers and not working as a double act, before their potential as a team was used again, notably in Do Detectives Think?, another Hal Roach two-reeler. The film was directed by Fred Guiol. However, the more important contribution was by the films' supervising director, Leo McCarey, who more than anyone else at Roach saw the greatest possibilities for Laurel and Hardy as a comedy team. McCarey used the same title for the classic Marx Brothers film, Duck Soup, which he directed for Paramount Pictures in 1933; the sketch on which the film was based was written by Arthur J. Jefferson. Duck Soup was remade as Another Fine Mess. Bann, Richard W.. "Another Fine Mess: Laurel & Hardy's Legacy". UCLA Film & Television Archive. Los Angeles, CA, USA: UCLA School of Theater and Television. Retrieved 19 December 2015. Bann, Richard W.. "Film Preservation—Another Fine Mess: "Why Don't You Do Something To Help Me?"". Laurel & Hardy, the Official Website.
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Vivien Oakland, was an American actress best known for her work in comedies in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, most notably with the Hal Roach Studios. Oakland appeared in 157 films between 1915 and 1951. Born Vivian Ruth Andersen in San Francisco, she was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants Edward Andersen and Anna Marthine Olsen, her siblings' names were Edward and Edna. She was one half of the vaudeville team "The Oakland Sisters" with her younger sister Edna, who performed in motion pictures as Dagmar Oakland. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Anna Andersen, a widow since 1898, moved the family to Oakland, California. In 1917, she married actor John T. Murray. Oakland performed with the Zigfeld Follies, she supported Laurel and Hardy on several occasions, sometimes played the wife of Edgar Kennedy and Leon Errol in their series of short films. She played bit roles in feature films in the 1940s before making her last film, an Errol comedy, in 1951, she retired from acting in 1951, settling in California.
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With Love and Hisses
With Love and Hisses is a silent comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1950 Slow-witted army private Cuthbert Hope manages to makes life miserable for his gruff Top Sergeant Banner. Banner must report back to firm Captain Bustle. 1927 in film Laurel and Hardy films With Love and Hisses on IMDb With Love and Hisses at AllMovie With Love and Hisses at Rotten Tomatoes
Liberty (1929 film)
Liberty is a 1929 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy as escaped convicts who, while trying to change pants, wind up on a skyscraper in construction. Stan and Ollie are prison escapees. Running down the road with a police officer on their tails, They meet up with some accomplices in a car and In their haste to change into street clothes, they wind up wearing each other's pants. Tossing their prison garb out the window they attract the attention of a motorcycle officer and out of the car they go looking for places to change pants; the alley where a cop is grabbing a smoke and a lady screams and they are off again. Behind some crates on a elevator with a cop right there and they are off again. Ducking into a cab they lose the cop and hide behind a seafood shop and a crab accidentally finds its way into Stan's trousers, causing him problems with nipping. Not paying mind where they are going, Ollie topples a record player outside a music shop as records cover the sidewalk, the owner is not amused.
A cop chases them to a construction site, where they escape by riding an elevator to the top floor of an unfinished building. Atop the girders, 20 stories in the air, they switch trousers, contend with a crab, manage to nearly fall to their death a few dozen times. Liberty on IMDb Liberty at AllMovie Liberty at Rotten Tomatoes
Sailors, Beware! is a silent comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951. An honest cab driver picks up a woman and her "baby", a midget in disguise, he does not realize. When they get out of the cab without paying and leave the meter running, Stan follows them aboard a ship, where he exposes the crooks. Sailors, Beware! on IMDb Sailors, Beware! at Rotten Tomatoes
The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth is a 1937 American screwball comedy directed by Leo McCarey and starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Based on the 1923 play by Arthur Richman, the film tells how a distrustful rich couple begins divorce proceedings, only to interfere in one another's romances; this was McCarey's first film for Columbia Pictures, the dialogue and comic bits were improvised by the director and actors. The film was Irene Dunne's second hit comedy. Although Grant tried to leave the production due to McCarey's directorial style, The Awful Truth marked the emergence of Cary Grant as an A-list star and proponent of on-the-set improvisation. Dunne's costumes by Robert Kalloch are considered some of the most elegant of the 1930s; the film was a box office hit. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor. McCarey won for Best Director, editor Al Clark for Best Film Editing; the Awful Truth was selected in 1996 for preservation in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
Jerry Warriner spends a week at his sports club in New York City, but tells his wife he was on vacation in Florida. He returns home to find that his wife, spent the night in the company of her handsome music teacher, Armand Duvalle. Lucy claims. Lucy discovers that Jerry did not go to Florida, their mutual suspicion results with Lucy winning custody of their dog. The judge orders the divorce finalized in 90 days. Lucy moves into an apartment with her Aunt Patsy, her neighbor is amiable but rustic Oklahoma oilman Dan Leeson, whose mother does not approve of Lucy. Jerry subtly ridicules Dan in front of Lucy, which causes Lucy to tie herself more to Dan. Jerry begins dating sweet-natured but simple singer Dixie Belle Lee, unaware that she performs embarrassing, sexually suggestive songs at a local nightclub. Convinced that Lucy is still having an affair, with Armand Duvalle, Jerry bursts into Duvalle's apartment only to discover that Lucy is a legitimate vocal student of Duvalle and is giving her first recital.
Realizing he may still love Lucy, Jerry undermines Lucy's character with Mrs. Leeson as Dan and Lucy agree to marry; when Jerry attempts to reconcile with Lucy afterward, he discovers Duvalle hiding in Lucy's apartment and they have a fistfight while Dan and his mother apologize for assuming the worst about Lucy. When Jerry chases Armand out the door, Dan breaks off his engagement to Lucy and he and his mother return to Oklahoma; some weeks pass, Jerry begins dating heiress Barbara Vance. Realizing she still loves Jerry, Lucy crashes a party at the Vance mansion the night the divorce decree becomes final. Pretending to be Jerry's sister, she acts like a slatternly showgirl, recreating Dixie's risqué musical number from earlier in the film, she undermines Jerry's character, implying that their father was working class rather than wealthy. The snobbish Vances are appalled. Jerry attempts to explain away Lucy's behavior as drunkenness, says he will drive Lucy home. Lucy sabotages the car on the ride to delay their parting.
Pulled over by motorcycle police officers, who believe Jerry is drunk, Lucy manages to wreck the car. The police give the couple a lift to Aunt Patsy's nearby cabin. Although sleeping in different bedrooms and Lucy overcome their pride and a series of comic mishaps in order to admit "the awful truth" that they still love one another, they reconcile at midnight. The cast includes: Irene Dunne as Lucy Warriner Cary Grant as Jerry Warriner Ralph Bellamy as Dan Leeson Alexander D'Arcy as Armand Duvalle Cecil Cunningham as Aunt Patsy Esther Dale as Mrs. Leeson Joyce Compton as Dixie Belle Lee Molly Lamont as Barbara Vance Skippy as Mr. Smith, the dog The Awful Truth is based on a 1923 stage play of the same name by playwright Arthur Richman. There were two previous film versions, a 1925 silent version from Producers Distributing Corporation starring Warner Baxter and Agnes Ayres and a 1929 sound version from Pathé Exchange starring Ina Claire and Henry Daniell. Producer D. A. Doran had purchased the rights to the play for Pathé.
When Pathé closed, he joined Columbia Pictures. Columbia subsequently purchased all of Pathé's scripts and screenplay rights for $35,000. Doran chose to remake the film in 1937, just as Columbia head Harry Cohn was hiring director Leo McCarey to direct comedies for the Poverty Row studio. McCarey did not like the narrative structure of the play, the previous film versions, or the unproduced Pathé script. Cohn had assigned Everett Riskin to produce the film, screenwriter Dwight Taylor had a draft script. McCarey, felt The Awful Truth would do well at the box office. With the Great Depression in its seventh year, he felt audiences would enjoy seeing a picture about rich people having troubles. During face-to-face negotiations with Cohn, McCarey demanded $100,000 to direct. Cohn balked. McCarey began to play show-tunes. Cohn, an avid fan of musicals, decided that anyone who liked that kind of music had to be talented—and he agreed to pay McCarey's fee. McCarey's hiring was not announced until April 6, 1937.
McCarey worked with screenwriter Viña Delmar, a well-known writer of racy novels who had written the source material and screenplay for McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow. McCarey asked Delmar to drop the major plot points of the play—which focused on Dan Leeson's attempt to purchase mineral rights, a fire in Lucy Warriner's apartment building, Lucy's midnight
Sugar Daddies is a silent comedy short film starring Jimmy Finlayson, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951. Rich oil tycoon awakens one morning after a night of carousing to be told that he was married the night before. Not only does he have a new wife but a new golddigging stepdaughter and brother-in-law who want to kill him, his lawyer is called in to straighten things out. He decides to hide out in a hotel with his lawyer, he escapes by climbing on Stan’s shoulders, wearing a long overcoat and pretending to be Ollie’s wife. Wild chases through a dance amusement park ensue. Sugar Daddies on IMDb Sugar Daddies at AllMovie Sugar Daddies at Rotten Tomatoes