Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, May 6, 2016
7:30pm
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LAUREL & HARDY: THE ORIGINAL ODD COUPLE
Another Nice Mess: The Restored Laurel and Hardy / THE FLYING DEUCES
Co-presented by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat, with special thanks to the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Library of Congress, Tom Holland/Holland Releasing, Marty DeGrazia of Sonar Entertainment, Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, the San Francisco Silent Film festival, Jon Mirsalis and MoMA

Join us for an evening of shorts and a feature starring legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, all photochemically and digitally restored from the original 35mm elements! Program includes:

“Helpmates” (1932, 20 min. Dir. James Parrott) Hung-over Ollie asks Stan to help him clean up after a wild party before his wife returns; their housecleaning efforts fail in spectacular fashion. Photochemically preserved and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

“Their First Mistake” (1932, 21 min. Dir. George Marshall) When his wife becomes angry about all the time he spends with Stan, Ollie adopts a baby to smooth things over.

“County Hospital” (1932, 19 min. Dir. James Parrott) With nothing else to do, Stan pays banged-up Ollie a visit in the hospital, bringing a gift of some hard-boiled eggs and nuts, which he proceeds to eat himself. Photochemically preserved and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

“The Music Box” (1932, 29 min. Dir. James Parrott) In this Best Comedy Short Oscar winner, the Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. struggle mightily to push a piano up a huge flight of stairs. Photochemically preserved and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Screening prior to THE FLYING DEUCES:
“The Battle of the Century” (1927, 19 min. Clyde Bruckman) Known to fans as "the greatest pie-fight ever filmed," this legendary short was lost for 60 years until it was discovered by silent film historian Jon Mirsalis and restored by Serge Bromberg's Paris-based Lobster Films. Hardy insures Laurel and finds out he can make a lot of money if Laurel has an accident. In his attempts to get him to slip on a banana peel, he causes a pastry chef to slip instead. Angry, the pastry chef hurls a pie at Hardy and an soon the whole block is involved in a battle where 3000 pies are hurled. With live piano accompaniment! Very special thanks to Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films, the San Francisco Silent Film festival, Jon Mirsalis, the Library of Congress and MoMA.

To see a sample of the restoration of "Their First Mistake," click here.

Frequent Laurel & Hardy costar Billy Gilbert appears in three of these shorts; his niece Judy Cooper and great-nephew Bryan Cooper will speak about the films. Join us in the lobby at 7:00 PM for a glass of champagne to toast Laurel & Hardy and be sure to wear your favorite Laurel and Hardy costume! Author Randy Skretvedt will sign his book, Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies. The newly acquired wax Laurel and Hardy figures from the Hollywood Heritage Museum can be seen during museum hours (Sat. & Sun. noon – 4PM). They were not able to make the trip to the Egyptian for the festival due to their fragility.
THE FLYING DEUCES
1939, 70 min, USA, Dir: A. Edward Sutherland

Following in the footsteps of their earlier short “Beau Hunks,” the boys get into another nice mess when Ollie’s heart is broken by a Paris innkeeper’s daughter. To forget her, he and Stan join the French Foreign Legion, where the two tackle a mountain of dirty laundry, soft-shoe through “Shine On, Harvest Moon” and commandeer an airplane. Among Laurel and Hardy’s most enjoyable features, and now fully restored from 35mm elements.


Screening format: DCP
Egyptian Theatre • Fri, May 6, 2016 • 7:30pm
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