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Another Nice Mess
The Films From The Hal Roach Studios

(+Stan Laurel, Babe Hardy, Charley Chase and Our Gang)

ON THIS DAY: June 28th

1879  L.J. O'CONNOR  (born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
1883  POLLY MORAN  (born in Chicago, Illinois, USA)
1886  FRANK MAYO  (born in New York City, New York, USA)
1898  ODETTE MYRTIL  (born in Paris, France)
1930  FAST WORK  [Charley Chase]

• All-Stars
 Boland, Eddie
 Boy Friends
 Chase, Charley
 Cobb, Irwin S.
Cook, Clyde
Davidson, Max
Langdon, Harry
LaPlante, Beatrice
 Laurel, Stan
 Laurel and Hardy
Lloyd, Gaylord
 Lloyd, Harold
 Musical Comedies
Normand, Mabel
 Our Gang
• Parrott, Paul
Pitts & Todd
 Pollard, Snub
 Roach Misc.
 Rogers, Will
 Spat Family
Stone, Arthur
Taxi Boys
Todd & Kelly
Tryon, Glenn
Vanity Fair Girls

LATEST UPDATED PAGES (click on any image for page)  

-Added more credits to the page for James Parrott.  The page is now believed to be complete.
-Found another film credit for Ed Brandenburg as the pedestrian hit by a flying shoe in Too Many Women.
-In an effort to combat slow-loading pages, and following some good advice I may have to start 'streamlining' some elements of this website.  You may start to see some changes along the way.
-Added Carl L. Leviness to the Hall of Fame.
-The controversial Misfires page has now been extended to 17 entries, following suggestion from three people!
-Added husband & wife couple Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Kathleen Collins into the Hall of Fame.
-Added William Gillespie to the cast list of Let's Do Things.
-Added Bobby Watson into the Hall of Fame, whilst adding some material for the 1943 streamliner, Nazty Nuisance.
-The menu page which used to be called "HAL ROACH" is now Features/Streamliners.  I have completed the list of all the features and streamliners (which now has its own separate icon) made by the studio and listed them on that page.  Does anyone have any of the films which are not underlined?  The original page has now moved to being Roach Miscellaneous for the time being, but this will soon be updated and improved.
-Added 7 new lobby cards for Flaming Fathers.
-Found a new Roach film with Chet Brandenburg in: Flaming Fathers, which ups his Roach tally to 50.
-Added the other Charlie "Blackie" King (1895-1957) to the Hall of Fame.
-Some important revisions made to two actors' pages: Charles King (now with correct dates and credits), and Otto Fries (new Roach credit, plus page separation).

I am actively trying to solve the problem with the slow loading times of the pages on the site.
(June 2016)  It is terrible at the moment, a loading time of up to 10 seconds per page?!  Really sorry about this....

 HALL OF FAME CHECKLIST (page being compiled to keep track on the actors pages I have upgraded)

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
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