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-Started work and review for Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!  It has taken me 1 hour to do the first 6 minutes so far on account of research, screenshots, adding new actors into the database.... just your usual typical day in the world of ANM.  Can't wait for Jesse to give me more updates to sort out!  Having fun watching this film for the very first time.
-Bill Strother is added to the Hall of Fame.  Anyone else think he looks like Wayne Rooney?
-Added Nita Pike (1913-1954) to the Hall of Fame.
-Updated the page for Eddie Dunn.
-Have modified the Our Gang Menu with a new "cast" feature (very early development - a long way to go) and some other tweaks.  I am hoping to add an "Our Gang film posters" page and link it in as well soon...
-Added Jack Hanlon (1916-2012) to the Hall of Fame.
-7 new shots added to the Hal Roach Back Lot Tour - Updated sections: 1, 6 and Bonus
-I have had to update the page for Ray Turner.  I just had to do it!
-Harry Semels is added to the Hall of Fame, thanks to my obsessive friend JB.
-Updated the page for Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins.
-Added several cast screenshots for Our Gang's 1931 short Pups Is Pups.
-Completed the page for Shirley Jean Rickert.
-Completed all the cast screenshots for Our Gang's 1927 short Dog Heaven.  I have modified the page layout slightly with the cast to see whether I like it.
-Added several stills, a poster and lobby card for Double Whoopee, as well as confirmation of Robert Callahan in the cast.
-Updated the page for Hollenbeck Park.
-Annette De Kirby added to the Hall of Fame.

-I have disabled the DVDs page for the time being, as it is currently being upgraded.
  APRIL 1 is....

SAFETY LAST! (1923, Roach/Pathé)

Possibly the most remembered film Harold Lloyd made for Hal Roach, SAFETY LAST! was released 92 years ago today.
I myself have never actually seen it, so that gives me a good excuse to do so today and update the page.

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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.

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 @

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


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