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-I had to endure a Stan Laurel solo film today for the site... but I have viewed, reviewed and given an unbiased listing for his 1925 effort, Dr Pyckle And Mr Pride.  It took 2 and a half hours to do.  Now I need to lay down.
-6 new images added to the popular Backlot Tour (Sections 1,13,19 updated).
Viewed, reviewed and completed the very rare Charley Chase silent 2-reeler Many Scrappy Returns (1927).  It's a great film!
-Added two more into the Hall of Fame: Valentina Zimina (1899-1928), and Amber Norman (1901-1972).
-After a massive amount of research, I have concluded that Harry Bernard was in fact born in England and not in America.  I have updated his page accordingly, and all evidence is supported by the links at the bottom of his page.
-Updated the page for Charles Dorety.
-Viewed, reviewed and completed my work on the Snub Pollard short, California Or Bust! (1923, Roach/Pathé).  Cast screenshots, plot summary and some picky points in my "Did you notice?" section.  I have just secured a deal to get 46 new Snub Poillard/Hal Roach films, so they will be added to the site shortly.
-Have upgraded the page for the Charley Chase film First In War with better screenshots and original title card + 2 previously missing cast shots.
-Viewed, reviewed and completed the Paul Parrott short, Tight Shoes (1923).
-I have now (finally after a long time of updating it) completed the Charley Chase MENU.  The page lists every film Chase ever appeared in, and with quick links to the films I have listed on this site.
-Have made a start on revamping the page for Our Gang star, Mickey Daniels.
 
DR. PYCKLE AND MR. PRIDE (1925)

July 30... 
This Stan Laurel 2-reeler was released 90 years ago today.  A full review has been added today!!  Click the link and see.
What is "Another Nice Mess" and what can you expect to find on this website?
Well, let's answer the first part first - it is so called because I want to bring the awareness of fans who sometimes mis-quote Oliver Hardy's famous line inasmuch that it is "Another NICE Mess" as opposed to "Another FINE Mess".  Also, because the site has undergone so many transformations, formats and ideas over the years that "Mess" seems to fit quite well!

As for the content on the site; it breaks down into these categories:
-Reviews and screenshots from every film ever made* by Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Our Gang (*subject to availability).
This includes all pre- and post-Roach solo films by the actors mentioned as well as the post-Roach Our Gang films.  I have also tried to include as many Hal Roach-produced films made at his studio that I am able to review.
So, included on the site you will find the films which featured Stan Laurel when he was working for Joe Rock; Babe Hardy when he was teamed with Larry Semon, Billy West and the like; Charley Chase's smaller, supporting roles at Keystone in the mid 1910s as well as the 20 films he made for Columbia between 1937-1940.  Plus, of course the continuation of the Our Gang film series when MGM took over between 1938-1944.  That is the main priority of the work on the site.  And because this is predominantly a Hal Roach-orientated site (though not exclusive to that fact), I have added several of the series made by his studio such as THE BOY FRIENDS, THE TAXI BOYS, ZASU PITTS & THELMA TODD, THELMA TODD & PATSY KELLY, MAX DAVIDSON, WILL ROGERS, PAUL PARROTT, SNUB POLLARD and HAROLD LLOYD, to name but a few.

Short biographies are available on most actors listed on the site, but the films listed on their pages are only those which meet the criteria mentioned above.  Each actor's page will identify on it clearly which films from their filmography is listed (this will usually just be all the films they made with Hal Roach, but will also include films not made with Roach, but which also starred Laurel, Hardy or Chase - or the post-Roach Our Gang films).
So, that's it basically.

QUICK LINKS:
The complete A-Z of the site
All the films covered on this site (you can also click individual icons at the top for their respective lists)
All the actors covered on this site (known as the "Hall Of Fame")

As this project is ongoing, if anybody would like to take a crack at making some screenshots of the cast from any of the films on this site which hasn't been covered, please feel free to submit them to me @ lordheath1972@yahoo.co.uk

One last thing - please bear in mind the site is still under construction and some pages need a facelift, repair, updating or re-formatting.  I am slowly getting there... patience is, well... you know...

~ DLH, 2015


DISCLAIMER!
No website is perfect, or errrror free.  "Another Nice Mess" is a serious site which strives for absolute accuracy and facts, and is less about personal opinion.
I have used information contained within the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to fill in some gaps on this website, particularly with birthdates but due to their proven unreliability I try to use them as a last resort.  Often, however, I have credited a page link for them herein when it was undeserving as I did not use them as a source, but have acknowledged them out of respect that others may wish to cross-reference my site with theirs on any particular page.

But to be clear: I do not trust the IMDb.  I have tried, desperately, to help them out with many inaccuracies they have (and still have) listed on their site, but my offerings have been ignored repeatedly.
There are many pages on this site (particularly actors biographies, dates and character names in films) that I have researched for myself, or have had researched on my behalf (Jesse and Jim, take a bow) which contradict what is published on the IMDb.  There have been several occasions where the IMDb have used this site as their reference and the information contained within it to publish on their site.  So.... it has been a bit of give and take between both sites.  I wanted to be clear on this.  Information has been "shared" between us... I haven't just lifted everything from them!

I am a very straightforward and honest person - I always acknowledge my sources, whether I like them or not!


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