The Second Hundred Years (film)
|The Second Hundred Years|
|Directed by||Fred Guiol|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||Leo McCarey (story)
H.M. Walker (titles)
|Editing by||Richard C. Currier|
|Running time||20 min.|
The Second Hundred Years (aka The Second 100 Years) 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.
Two convicts dig a tunnel to escape from prison, but end up in the warden's office, after making a detour around a burst water pipe. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out through the front gates. They later climb into a limousine carrying two visiting French police chiefs, steal their suits and throw the two men out of the car. The two convicts, now disguised as dignitaries, are then driven back to the prison to have dinner with the warden. Later, while visiting the cells, they are recognised and marched back to their own cell.
- Stan Laurel - Little Goofy
- Oliver Hardy - Big Goofy
- Charlie Hall - Convict
- Jimmy Finlayson - Gov. Browne Van Dyke
- Otto Fries - Lecoque
- Rosemary Theby - Dinner Guest
- Ellinor Van der Veer - Countess de Cognac
- Dorothy Coburn - Flapper
- Tiny Sandford - Guard
- William Gillespie - Extra
- Frank Brownlee - Prison Warden
- Edgar Dearing - Officer
- Charles A. Bachman - Officer
- Bob O'Conor - Voitrex
- Eugene Pallette - Dinner Guest
- Laurel and Hardy's heads were shaved for their appearance in this film; their hair had not yet grown back in their roles in Max Davidson's Call Of The Cuckoo (1927), released a week after The Second Hundred Years.
- The Three Stooges would paint their prison uniforms black in 1941's So Long Mr. Chumps.
The Sons of the Desert
Chapters — called Tents — of The Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, all take their names from L&H films; there is a The Second Hundred Years Tent on Long Island, New York.
- Solomon, Jon (2002). The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion. Comedy III Productions, Inc. p. 187. ISBN 0971186804.
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