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* LATEST UPDATED PAGES *  (click image in below section for page link)

-I have finally completed my review for Pardon Us, after two years of having left it incomplete!
-Updated the page for Patricia Ellis with new information, including correct birthdate.
-Updated the page for Spencer Bell.
-Have updated and completed the page for Eugenia Gilbert with all 5 films for Roach, each with screenshot.
-I have received an extra 36 seconds of film footage from Charley Chase's wonderful The Way Of All Pants.  I have reviewed this extra footage and included it in the plot description on the page.  Thanks Tommie.
-Updated the page for Fred Holmes with correct information.  Thanks Jim.
-Updated and improved the page for June Marlowe.
-Viewed, reviewed and completed a rare Jimmy Aubrey/Babe Hardy film: Maids And Muslin (1920).
-Added Bartine Burkett (1898-1994) to the Hall of Fame.
-Updated the pages for Otto Fries and Christine Maple.
-Added William Wagner to the Hall of Fame.
-Updated the page for Evelyn Burns with dates and several new screenshots.
-Added some cast screenshots for Done In Oil.
-3 new shots added to The Hal Roach Backlot: Section 5 (special thanks to Paul Gierucki for this image.
-Added a new menu to the site: Beatrice LaPlante / The Vanity Fair Girls / Eddie Boland.  I have a few of these films and will add the pages and links in shortly.  These were three separate series made by Hal Roach between 1920-1922 which followed each other.
-Updated and improved the Pitts/Todd/Kelly Menu.  This is now one menu for all of these films.  I need to update several links on the pages associated with these series.


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This collection of Charley Chase photographs, stills, lobby cards, posters and memorabilia is simply unbelievable!  Brian Anthony (co-author of Smile When The Raindrops Fall) has teamed with Bill Walker to put this incredibe, lavish hard-cover book on Charley Chase together with 200 pages padded with images and ultra rare content.
This is an ABSOLUTE MUST BUY book for any serious fan of Charley Chase.

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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
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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