Tuesday, 3 December 2013

What a Fine Mess

Putting Pants On Philip is a silent short film starring American comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, their first to bill them as an official team. The duo appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1950.

Piedmont Mumblethunder (Hardy),seeing Philip for the first time, tells a friend that he pities whoever has to collect this character, only to be upset when HE turns out to be that person. Hardy is embarrassed at the effeminacy of his kilt-wearing Scottish nephew Philip (Laurel).and is further upset by repeated incidents with the kilt. Women faint. In one chase scene, a dog, riled up by the action, chases after Hardy. This was not scripted, but added to the hilarity .

Although this was their first "official" film as a team, the iconic Stan and Ollie characters and costumes had yet to become a permanent fixture. Their first appearance as the now familiar "Stan and Ollie" characters was in The Second Hundred Years, directed by Fred Guiol and supervised by Leo McCarey, who suggested that the performers be teamed permanently.

The film was partially shot at the historic Culver Hotel.

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