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Better known as the rotund half of the classic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Oliver Hardy had an early career as a solo silent comic, often as a ï¿½heavyï¿½ in supporting roles. This collection of eight films reveals the evolution of Hardyï¿½s comic mastery as well as showcasing many lesser-known stars of the slapstick era.
1922 25 min. Dir: Larry Semon and Norman Taurog
Comic Larry Semon, director and star, is a prop manager at a vaudeville show under villainous stage manager Ollie.
1925 24 min. Dir: Ward Hayes
Wallpapering a sanatorium is the job of the day for ï¿½Blatz and Blatz Paperhangers.ï¿½ Working with Bobby Ray, Ollie here explores the overbearing boss persona heï¿½d later perfect with Stan Laurel.
Along Came Auntie
1926 23 min. Dir: Fred Guiol and Richard Wallace
In order to inherit $100,000 in diamonds from her visiting auntie, Vivian Oakland must pretend to be married to her ex-husband, a ridiculous musician (Hardy).
45 Minutes from Hollywood
1926 21 min. Dir: Fred Guiol
A country boy (Glenn Tryon) arrives in Hollywood and encounters a strange collection of characters, including a clueless hotel detective (Hardy) and a cross-dressing thief (Laurel). This is Laurel and Hardyï¿½s first collaboration under Hal Roach .
Crazy to Act
1927 25 min. Dir: Earl Rodney
Ollie is a hapless, but rich, suitor whoï¿½ll do anything for his future wife (Mildred June), even make a movie. This is Ollieï¿½s final film with producer Max Sennett.
1921 25 min. Dir: Larry Semon and Norman Taurog
Larry Semon, Ollieï¿½s frequent collaborator, stars as a dimwitted logger competing with a whip-wielding foreman (Hardy) for the bossï¿½s daughter. The sawmill used in the epic film is a fully functional one, built exclusively for this production.
Should Sailors Marry?
1925 18 min. Dir: James Parrott and Jess Robbins
Home from the navy, Clyde Cook is ready to settle down with his new brideï¿½ oblivious to her ex-husband, a brutal wrestler, who ï¿½roomsï¿½ in her home.
Hop to It!
1925 23 min. Dir: Ted Burnstein
Before partnering with Stan Laurel, Ollie often teamed with the hilarious Bobby Ray. Here they enact a bellhop routine that is the slapstick quintessence.
Special editions produced by Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg
Music by Eric Le Guen
Licensed from Lobster Films
Special Contents of This Edition Â© 2005 Lobster Films