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1917  SKINNY'S LOVE TANGLE  [Skinny series with Dee Lampton]
1917  SCHEEMER SKINNY'S SCANDAL  [Skinny series with Dee Lampton]
1923  JAILED AND BAILED  [Paul Parrott]
1928  RAINY DAYS  [Our Gang]

 Laurel and Hardy
• All-Stars
 Boland, Eddie
 Boy Friends
 Chase, Charley
 Cobb, Irwin S.

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Cook, Clyde
Davidson, Max
Langdon, Harry
LaPlante, Beatrice
 Laurel, Stan
 Lloyd, Harold
 Musical Comedies

A selection of films in which Babe Hardy appeared without Stan Laurel which were not made by Hal Roach.
 Our Gang
• Parrott, Paul
Pitts & Todd
 Pollard, Snub
 Roach, Hal
 Rogers, Will

Explore the 25 films in which Babe Hardy starred with comedian Larry Semon.
 Spat Family
Taxi Boys
Todd & Kelly
Tryon, Glenn
Vanity Fair Girls

The 28 films of Billy West featuring Babe Hardy in support are given their own section on the site.


-Added another OUR GANG child star to the Hall of Fame: Shirley Coates (1927-?).  I also grabbed all of her screenshots as well.  She is entry #1002.  Also, you will notice I have now created a new icon  to represent the MGM Our Gang shorts, to distinguish them from the Hal Roach ones.  Thanks Tony Bensley.
-Sad news that Our Gang child actor Douglas Greer (1921-2016) has passed away, in the same month as Dickie DeNeut (1931-2016).  Thanks Joe Davis for bringing this to my attention.
-New image added to the popular Ron Yunguls Colorized Stills page.
-Added 4 new shots to The Hal Roach Backlot: Section 20.
-Updated personal information on Frederick Ko Vert (including correct birth date), and added George Rowe's autograph.
-Added Lon Chaney Jr and Betty Field into the HALL OF FAME, bringing the new total to 1,001.
-Significantly updated the pages for Lucille Carlisle and Jules Mendel.
-Added a handful of new screenshots for Years To Come (1922) and Lucky Beginners (1935).
-Started work on The Dippy Dentist (1920).
-In my perseverance for complete accuracy I have now added a new films menu for the Roach films series of Clyde Cook.
-Two more Sennett actors added into the Hall of Fame due to their screen appearances with Charley Chase: Slim Summerville (who did actually have 2 Roach film credits), and Mack Swain.


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The site falls into two categories:
i/ Films made by Hal Roach / The Hal Roach Studios
ii/ Films featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Our Gang which weren't made by Hal Roach.

Sources for filming and release dates:-
For all films made by Hal Roach, I have used a list compiled by Rob Stone (with extra credit to Robert Demoss and Joe Moore) called "Hal E. Roach And Hal Roach Studios".
In addition, the book "A History Of The Hal Roach Studios" by Richard Lewis Ward has been very useful as well.
For the post-Roach films with Laurel & Hardy, I have referred to Scott MacGillivray's "From The Forties Forward" book.
For non-Hal Roach films with Stan Laurel and/or Babe Hardy, I have used Rob Stone's "Laurel OR Hardy" book.
For non-Hal Roach films with Charley Chase, I have used Brian Anthony's "Smile When The Raindrops Fall" book.
For post-Hal Roach films with Our Gang, I have used "Our Gang: The Life And Times Of The Little Rascals" book by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann.

Additional sources:-
Much of the information contained within this site has been utilised from several sources; the authors of which have all given their written or verbal consent to its usage herein.
Any time I have used something which was previously researched and/or published by anybody I have tried to credit them accordingly, with exception to the Internet Movie Database, whom I have deliberately avoided mention of that website due to personal reasons.

99% of the images on this website are my own work, time, scaling, uploading and sizing.  Occasionally, I have used shots which others have taken and sent to me for inclusion on the site.  I have acknowledged these on specific pages.

Stills, posters and other images:-
Many stills and posters are included on the site which were sent to me by their respective owners or fans trying to be helpful.  I have credited these kind people accordingly on the specific pages.  Many of the images have been 'corrected' by Jorge Finkielman, who deserves special credit here.

Films and viewing material:-
I have spent hundreds of pounds on DVDs which have been used to extract screenshots from for use on the site.  Many of the hard-to-locate films have been sent or sold to me by kind collectors for the purposes of review and inclusion on this site.  Many have been offered with a strict "no copy/distribution" policy.
Where these people have not objected to their names being used, I have credited them accordingly for specific films.  Some people have asked not to have their name(s) mentioned on the site and I have respected this.

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: this is not a "Laurel & Hardy" website, though it is fair to say more attention is given to their films.
-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
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, 2016

I would like to thank the following... who have all contributed to, promoted, or otherwised helped or congratulated my work on this website.

Jesse Brisson, Jim Jarvis, Jorge Finkielman, Tommie Hicks, Gene Sorkin, Randy Skretvedt, Rob Stone, Richard W. Bann, Richard Finegan, John Carpenter, Thomas Schober, Mick Roche, Kenneth Runyan, Louis Respen, Del Domenico, Eric Schultz, Tony Bensley, Jim Clewer, Tony Sullivan, Peter Mikkelsen, Dr. Norbert Aping, Jim Dallape, Chris Jaunsen, Brad Farrell, Brian Anthony, Dave Stevenson, Antony Mitchell-Waite, Joanne Mitchell-Waite, Chris Seguin, Steve Massa, John Ullah, Yair Solan, Scott MacGillivray, Bob Siler, Mark Kent, Nelson Hughes, Robert A. Winslow, Russell Babidge, Ron van Hoof, Bill Cappello, Jack Roth, Bob Crable, Ben Ralph, Wayne Petersen, Tim Lussier, Dani Barker, John Brennan, Jerry Murbach, Gary Watkins, Johan Amssoms, Ed Watz, Waylon Barchus, Jim Reid, Bruce Weaver, Thomas S. Suhs, Gary Cohen, John Dekanchuk, Geoff Collins, Zachary Switzer, Stan Taffel, Sjaak Bolder, Mike Hans, Harry Smith, Willie McIntyre, Alan Chinner, Warren W. Jones, Ron Lavelle, Gregor Overzier, Gary McInnerney, Dean McKeown, Bob Duncan, Steve Rydzewski, Peter Mills, Paul MacLachlan, Liam Muldowney, Brad Smith, Stephen Barlow, Mike Roberts, Christin Gleditzsch, Terry Baxter, Peter Cook, Adrian Abate, Steve Phillips, Trevor Dorman, Thomas Morris, John Bogie, Bill Reed, Mike David, Frank Muni, Torben Moeller, Richard Godman, Peyton Ennis, Joe Davis, David Pickard, Mack Heustess, Alessandro Simonetto, René Riva, Paul Etcheverry, Lou Sabini, Irv Hyatt, Brent Seguine, James L. Neibaur, Benedetto Gemma, Theo Huizenga, Bill Cassara, Rob Farr, John Bengston, Peter Bloch-Buck, Thiago Shaaban Soler, Brett Ray, Steve Wright, Graham van den Hoogen, Oly Mason, Joe A. Migliore and Max L.
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