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World of Laurel and Hardy: Talkie title cards (1929-1940)


Welcome to my second installment of L&H miscellany. This time I’ve compiled the title cards of every talking picture L&H starred in from their first Roach talkie “Unaccustomed as We Are” to their last Roach feature, “Saps at Sea.” Alas, you’re not going to find the original circus design for “The Chimp” here, nor the original cards for “Their First Mistake” or “One Good Turn.” I simply don’t have them but more often than not, the original card simply no longer exists and collectors will most likely have to put up with the Film Classics’ version of “Come Clean” forever. I apologize for the lack of quality on certain frames, a lot of these were done with a low quality VCR several years ago and I cannot improve them currently. The origination of most of the “Dance of the Cuckoos” audio clips will be known instantly by L&H buffs, but the first one is worthy of further description. It comes from the first film to use the “Cuckoo” music, “Night Owls.” As Randy Skretvedt explained in his masterwork, most copies open with the instrumental portion of “Honolulu Baby” from “Sons of the Desert” which apparently was done by Film Classics (so they not only slaughter original titles; we can accuse them of messing with the audio tracks as well!). The domestic print of “Night Owls” no longer has its original music, but luckily the Mexican version still does! Thanks to “Ladrones,” we can hear the earliest (and roughest) version of “Dance of the Cuckoos.”

  • dagosliv posted: 05 Jan at 1:29 am

    you forgot, Honolulu Baby, beggining of one of their Talkie shorts, don’t remember which one

  • louisa1832 posted: 05 Jan at 1:55 am

    This was a great labor of love on your part and I enjoyed every second of it. The information is fascinating, too! Thank you!

  • Jamtns posted: 05 Jan at 2:54 am

    Chris do you happen to have that tinkling piano music when the Chimp is dancing in the bedroom in front of L&H? Could u post it please?

  • LonesomePine369 posted: 05 Jan at 3:53 am

    @AlexMarsden13 this is only 1927 – 1940 so the FOX and MGM and atoll arent here

  • AlexMarsden13 posted: 05 Jan at 4:47 am

    Where’s Atoll K

  • RheingoldxxL posted: 05 Jan at 5:13 am

    … o.k. … whats wrong with you … we all still love the Kukuck of the Schwarzwald Clock until today … and now?

  • ExplorerDS6789 posted: 05 Jan at 5:14 am

    I notice a title card for The Rogue Song is missing, but that’s okay since no known print of the film exists today. It was Laurel and Hardy’s first feature in which they co-starred in 1930.

  • ExplorerDS6789 posted: 05 Jan at 5:39 am

    3:25- Now you know I can’t take a bath today with this foot, and besides, it isn’t Saturday.

  • RoachScholar posted: 05 Jan at 5:51 am

    Neil73:

    All of Leroy Shield’s Roach cues are available for download at amazon, as complete albums, or a la carte.

  • chrisivision07 posted: 05 Jan at 6:04 am

    Wow, we have a true celebrity in our midst! Thanks for the info about the 3rd edition, I’m really looking forward to it. I wasn’t actually aware of your book originally until you made an appearance on KTLA. But yeah, your book is the first and best comedy film book I ever made my dad buy for me and I have constantly been reading it ever since. In your introduction you mention L&H buffs watching the films over and over even though we know all the gags and I feel much the same about your book.

  • Bixfan78 posted: 05 Jan at 6:56 am

    Hi, Chris–this is a very nice compilation of titles, and thanks muchly for calling my book a “masterwork”! I’m working on the third edition now, and it’ll likely be quite a bit bigger than the previous two. All the best–Randy Skretvedt

  • chrisivision07 posted: 05 Jan at 7:28 am

    I definitely recommend buying a CD from The Beau Hunks, who recreated all the Hal Roach stock themes from the early 30’s by Shield and Hatley. A search for Beau Hunks on Amazon should yield multiple CD’s with this song. Enjoy!

  • neil73 posted: 05 Jan at 7:41 am

    Im after an Mp3 of this, i can’t find anything on the net. You wouldnt have it by any chance?

    Thanks,

    Neil

  • chrisivision07 posted: 05 Jan at 8:29 am

    According to the Laurel and Hardy Central website, it was actually LeRoy Shield who composed “On to the Show.” D’oh!

    Ollie: Waterloo 2-2.
    Stan: Two-two?
    Ollie (indignant): 2-2.
    Stan (effeminate): Toot-toot!
    Ollie (mimicking): Toot-toot! (disgusted)

  • neil73 posted: 05 Jan at 8:35 am

    Thanks for the info, I agree Cuckoos + on to the show = an episode of fine entertainment and hilarity!

    Cheers,

    Neil

  • chrisivision07 posted: 05 Jan at 9:07 am

    “On to the Show,” also by Marvin Hatley. You can’t start a L&H short better than the one-two punch of “Dance of the Cuckoos” followed immediately by “On to the Show.” I’m sure it’s obvious from Ollie’s hilarious groans that I used the soundtrack from “Them Thar Hills” for this portion.

  • neil73 posted: 05 Jan at 9:45 am

    What is the title of the tune @2.45 ?

  • chrisivision07 posted: 05 Jan at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the kind comments! I put most of these together about 10 years ago but it wasn’t until recently that I edited them into a nice tight YouTube package (this explains a few of the titles with bad VCR tracking lines).

    Check out the Laurel and Hardy Forum for what The Chimp’s original title card looks like from the European Kinowelt DVD set. Most amazing thing about the whole film IMO. I share your agony as far as HW, OGT and TFM are concerned.

  • stewballmax posted: 05 Jan at 10:55 am

    OUTSTANDING WORK,Chris!!!

    This was truly a labor of love and it shows! I have yet to see original title cards for the following L&H short subjects:

    Hog Wild
    One Good Turn
    The Chimp
    Their First Mistake

    Many thanks for this BRILLIANT achievement!

    Tit For Tat,
    Max

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