Putting Pants on Philip
|Putting Pants on Philip|
|Directed by||Clyde Bruckman|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||H.M. Walker|
|Edited by||Richard C. Currier|
Putting Pants On Philip is a silent short film starring American comedy double act Laurel and Hardy. Made in 1927, it's the first film to bill them as an official team. The duo appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1950. The idea for the film was Stan Laurel's and was based on a story recounted by a friend while Laurel worked in music hall. The archivist William K. Everson described the film as "one of the real gems of comedy from the late 20's, and perhaps the most individual of all the Laurel and Hardy comedies, though not necessarily the funniest."
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). At one point Philip loses his underwear and, pursuing a pretty girl, steps on a ventilator grate. This blows his kilt up which results in several women fainting.
Piedmont then takes Philip to a tailor to be fitted for trousers. Philip leaves the tailor to continue pursuing the woman he saw earlier. Catching up to the woman he takes off his kilt to cover a puddle, the woman leaves and Piedmont steps on the kilt and falls into a covered mud hole.
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 falimier "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.
- Stan Laurel - Philip
- Oliver Hardy - Piedmont J. Mumblethunder
- Charles A. Bachman - Officer
- Ed Brandenberg - Bus conductor
- Harvey Clark - Tailor
- Dorothy Coburn - Girl chased by Philip
- Sam Lufkin - Ship's doctor
- Don Bailey
- Chet Brandenburg
- Alfred Fisher
- Jack Hill
- Eric Mack
- Bob O'Connor
- Retta Palmer
- Lee Phelps
- Heath Parks
- Garza, Janiss. "Putting Pants on Philip (1927)". NYTimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Everson, William K. "The Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society". William K. Everson Archive. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Smith, Leon (1988). Hollywood Goes on Location. Los Angeles: Pomegranate Press. p. 177. ISBN 0-938817-07-8.
- Everson, William K. The Complete Films of Laurel and Hardy. New York: Citadel, 2000, 1967. ISBN 0-8065-0146-4. (First book-length examination of the individual films)
- Putting Pants on Philip at the Internet Movie Database
- Putting Pants on Philip at the TCM Movie Database
- Putting Pants on Philip at AllMovie
- Putting Pants on Philip at Rotten Tomatoes
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