No HippFest would be complete without our celebrated Laurel and Hardy triple bill – a glorious afternoon in the company of the world’s best-loved comedy team.
First up is an early pairing of The Boys: With Love and Hisses in which Stan plays a hapless army private, expert only at infuriating his pompous drill sergeant Ollie and the formidable Captain Finlayson. Next up Wrong Again which finds Laurel and Hardy as stable boys who overhear news of a $5,000 reward for the return of the stolen painting Blue Boy… which they naturally mistake for the horse of the same name in their care. Finally, one of the pair’s best-loved shorts You’re Darn Tootin’. Having lost their jobs in a band and their room in a boarding house Stan and Ollie try working as street musicians. But their relationship is far from harmonious (geddit!) and matters quickly descend into magnificent anarchy.
Dir. Fred Guiol | Leo McCarey | Edgar Kennedy | US | 1927 | 1928 | 20m x 3 | English intertitles | cert. U
Performing live: Jane Gardner and Frank Bockius
Screening courtesy of Beta Film
Materials courtesy of Lobster Films
If you like this go and see the Laurel and Hardy Portraits at Bo’ness Library from 1 March to 2 April 2019.
Supported by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London Small Grants Programme.