Hal Roach Studios



Hal Roach

and

Hal E. Roach Studios

(1914-1950)



This filmography attempts to include all of the films that Hal Roach worked on, including those not made by his studio. It also attempts to include all of the films made by Hal E. Roach Studios, whether or not Roach himself was involved. The filmography is nearly complete up through the mid 1940s, thanks mostly to Rob Stone, who let me utilize his impressive list, and Richard Lewis Ward, who wrote A History Of The Hal Roach Studios, which includes an extensive filmography. I've also received quite a lot of help from Joe Moore, who has filled in some gaps and provided clarification for some of the information. The list below is the most complete that I've seen so far. It should be noted, however, that the TV era (from the late '40s into the early '60s) is far from complete. For some shows, I've been able to find a list of all the episodes, but not for others. Also, it isn't always clear whether a show was actually made by Roach's company, or simply renting studio space. For the purposes of this filmography, rental situations are not included, other than being briefly mentioned when known. 


1914

On July 23rd, Hal Roach formed Rolin Film Company with partner Dan Linthicum (combining their names to form the company name), and a third partner, I. H. Nance, who was replaced on Aug. 17th by Dwight Whiting. Roach was elected president of the company. They hired Harold Lloyd to play the lead in the one-reel Willie Work series, with Jane Novak as his leading lady and Roy Stewart as the heavy. They also filmed two-reel dramas, with Stewart in the lead and Lloyd and Novak in support. Several films were made in the late summer and early fall before Lloyd defected to Keystone over a pay dispute. Roach briefly tried another comedian, but production ceased when funds ran dry, with the company still lacking a distributor. Roach then began directing comedies for Essanay, featuring such players as Bud Jamison and Snub Pollard.

undetermined titles (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #1, #2 and #4 - Filmed July and August 1914.)

A Duke For A Day (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #3 - Willie Work series - Filmed July and/or August 1914.)

A Daubbo (unreleased - Rolin - Filmed in 1914. Comedy featuring unknown comedian.)

A Self Made Nut (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #5 - Willie Work series - Filmed July and/or August 1914.)

The Fall Of Lady Sampson (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #6 - Willie Work series - Filmed Sep. 19 to 22, 1914.)

A Shrine For A Dime (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #7 - Willie Work series - Filmed Sep. 23 to 25, and Sep. 28, 1914.)

A Barber For A Day (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #8 - Willie Work series - Filmed Sep. 26 to 28, and Oct. 5, 1914.)

A Dusty Romance (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #9 - Willie Work series - Filmed Sep. 30 to Oct. 5, 1914.)

Troubles Of The Work Family (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #10 - Willie Work series - Filmed Oct. 15 to 19, 1914 with retakes Oct. 22, and Oct. 29 to 30, 1914.)

Opium Fire (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #11 - Willie Work series - Filmed Oct. 19, 1914.)

Two Bum Heroes aka Two Born Heroes (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #12 - Willie Work series - Filmed Oct. 20 to 21, 1914. Starring Danny Linthicum and Dickie Rawson.)

A Smell There Was (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #14 - Willie Work series - Filmed Oct. 27 to 29, 1914.)

Willie Works The Harem (unreleased - Rolin - 1 reel - prod. #15 - Willie Work series - Filmed Oct. 29 to 31, 1914.)


1915

Roach was directing comedies for Essanay when business partner Dwight Whiting succeeded in getting Pathé Exchange interested in distributing the Rolin product. Pathé distributed only one Willie Work short, "Just Nuts," and wanted Rolin to reunite the three principles, but only Lloyd was available. Pathé was able to pick and choose which films they distributed, with Rolin turning over the rest to Motion Picture Specialties Corporation, which found other distribution for a handful of the remaining films. During the summer, the company leased facilities owned by Norbig Film Manufacturing Company at 1745-51 Alessandro Street in Edendale. Lloyd developed the Lonesome Luke character during the course of the year, and was joined in July by Bebe Daniels and Snub Pollard. Dee Lampton joined the Roach stock company late in the year. In October, Pathé committed to a long-term contract to distribute the Luke series. It should be noted that Pathé released four films in 1915, "Lonesome Luke" (June 7), "Once Every Ten Minutes" (July 12), "Soaking The Clothes" (Aug. 9) and "Pressing His Suit" (Aug. 23) that were not made by Rolin Film Company, even though they've been long attributed to the Lonesome Luke series. IMDb corrects this error, but credits Roach as an 'unconfirmed' director.

 

Willie Runs The Pack aka Willie Runs The Park (Jan. 2, 1915 - Rollin/Warner's - 1 reel - prod. #13 - Willie Work series - Also listed as Feb. 1915. Filmed Oct. 23 to 24, 1914.)

Pete The Pedal Polisher (Jan. 30, 1915 - Rolin - 1 reel - Willie Work series)

Close-Cropped Clippings (Jan. 30, 1915 - Rolin - 1 reel - Willie Work series)

Beyond His Fondest Hopes (Jan. 30, 1915 - Rolin - 1 reel - Willie Work series)

Just Nuts (Apr. 19, 1915 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - Willie Work series - Filmed in 1914.)

From Italy's Shores (May 19, 1915 - Rolin/Universal - 2 reels - Roy Stewart and Jane Novak series - Filmed in 1914. ©May 13, 1915. Drama.)

Into The Light (June 17, 1915 - Rolin/Rex/Universal - 2 reels - Roy Stewart and Jane Novak series - ©June 10, 1915. According to IMDb, this is the same film as The Hungry Actors. - Filmed in 1914. Drama.)

Why The Boarders Left (1915 - Rolin/MINA/General - 1 reel - Filmed in 1914. Comedy. Rolin received no credit or royalties for this film.)

various films (undetermined release dates - Rolin/Pathé - prod. C-1 through C-4 - George Whiting series)

C-1 - Filmed Feb. 18 to 27, 1915.

C-2 - Filmed Mar. 4 to 6, and Mar. 9, 1915.

C-3 - Filmed Mar. 10 to 15, 1915.

C-4 - Filmed Mar. 15 to 22, 1915.

various films (undetermined release dates - Rolin/Pathé - prod. D-1 through D-3)

D-1 - Filmed Jan. 20 to 30, and Feb. 4, 6 and 8, 1915.

D-2 - Filmed Feb. 5 to 6, and Feb. 10 and 12, 1915.

D-3 - Filmed Feb. 25 to 27, 1915, with retakes Mar. 1, 8 and 13, 1915.

Powder Monkeys (1915 - Rolin/Pathé - prod. C-5 - George Whiting series - Filmed Mar. 20 to 24, 1915. Might not have been released.)

Spitball Sadie aka Spit-Ball Sadie (July 26, 1915 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-1 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed for July 31. Filmed June 15 to 16, 1915, with retakes June 25, 1915.)

Street Fakers aka Street Fakirs (Aug. 5, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©July 27, 1925.)

Tale Of A Tire (Aug. 19, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Aug. 3, 1915.)

The Drug Clerk (Aug. 26, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Aug. 12, 1915.)

Terribly Stuck Up (Aug. 28, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-2 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 22, 25, and 26, 1915.)

A Mixup For Mazie (Sep. 6, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-4 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 3, and July 8 to 10, 1915.)

Mustaches And Bombs (Sep. 16, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Aug. 31, 1915.)

Some Baby (Sep. 20, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-5 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 12 to 17, and July 20, 1915.)

Off For A Boat Ride (Sep. 30, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Sep. 18, 1915.)

Fresh From The Farm (Oct. 4, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-6 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 22 and 24, 1915.)

All Stuck Up (Oct. 14, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Oct. 1, 1915.)

The Greater Courage (Oct. 21, 1915 - Rolin/Universal - 2 reels - Roy Stewart and Jane Novak series - Filmed in 1914. ©Oct. 14, 1915.)

Fun At A Ball Game (Oct. 28, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Oct. 14, 1915.)

Giving Them Fits (Nov. 1, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-9 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Aug. 14, 1915.)

Bughouse Bellhops (Nov. 8, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-13 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Sep. 14 to Oct. 1, 1915.)

Cupid's Bath (Nov. 11, 1915 - Essanay/General - 1 reel - ©Oct. 30, 1915.)

Tinkering With Trouble (Nov. 17, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-10 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Aug. 26 to Sep. 9, 1915.)

Great While It Lasted (Nov. 24, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-8 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed for Nov. 22, 1915. Filmed Aug. 10 and 14, 1915.)

Ragtime Snap Shots (Dec. 1, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-14 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed for Nov. 29, 1915. Filmed Sep. 23 to Oct. 1, 1915.)

A Foozle At The Tee Party (Dec. 8, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-7 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 29, July 31, Aug. 2 to 4, Aug. 9 to 10, and Aug. 14, 1915. Shipped to Pathé on Aug. 30, 1915. This was the first Luke film to include Bebe Daniels and Snub Pollard in its cast.)

Ruses, Rhymes And Roughnecks (Dec. 15, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-3 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 28 to July 3, 1915.)

Peculiar Patients' Pranks (Dec. 22, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-11 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Sep. 3 to 18, 1915.)

Lonesome Luke, Social Gangster (Dec. 29, 1915 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-12 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Sep. 9 to Oct. 1, 1915.)


1916

Rolin moved production in March to Pacific Laboratories on Santa Monica Boulevard. In April, they attempted to hire Arnold Novello, better known as Toto, to star in his own series, but he was unavailable. In June, Rolin launched rotund side player Dee Lampton into his own series, and gave him the ironic nickname Skinny. In August, the Lonesome Luke series graduated to 2-reel status. Filming on the Skinny series ended in November, and Lampton returned to the Rolin stock company. Late in the year, Rolin rented a vacant lot on Olive Street for their location work, and by the end of the year, they had moved their main operation to the Bradbury mansion at 406 Court Street. IMDb lists three Jimmy Aubrey comedies plus a film called "Jailed" as Rolin and Phunphilm films. All indications are that Aubrey was in New York throughout 1916 and never did a series for Roach.

Lonesome Luke Leans To The Literary (Jan. 5, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-16 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, 1915.)

Luke Lugs Luggage (Jan. 12, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-15 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Oct. 23 to Nov. 6, 1915.)

Luke Lolls In Luxury aka Lonesome Luke Lolls In Luxury (Jan. 19, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-17 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Nov. 5 to Dec. 10, 1915.)

Luke, The Candy Cut-Up (Jan. 31, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-19 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Nov. 22 to Dec. 8, 1915.)

Luke Foils The Villain (Feb. 16, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-18 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed as Feb. 14, 1916. Filmed Nov. 15 to Dec. 1, 1915.)

Luke And The Rural Roughnecks (Mar. 1, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-20 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, 1915.)

Luke Pipes The Pippins (Mar. 15, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-21 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Dec. 7 to 29, 1915.)

Lonesome Luke, Circus King (Mar. 29, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-24 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Jan. 8 to 27, 1916.)

Luke's Double (Apr. 12, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-23 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Dec. 24, 1915, to Jan. 19, 1916.)

Them Was The Happy Days! (Apr. 26, 1916 - Phunphilms/Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-22 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Dec. 18, 1915, to Jan. 12, 1916.)

Luke And The Bomb Throwers (May 8, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-26 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Jan. 22 to Feb. 11, 1916.)

Luke's Late Lunchers (May 22, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-25 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, 1916.)

Luke Laughs Last (June 5, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-27 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Jan. 29 to Feb. 17, 1916.)

Luke's Fatal Flivver (June 19, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-28 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Feb. 7 to 22, 1916.)

Luke's Society Mix-Up (June 26, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-29 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Feb. 16 to Mar. 1, 1916.)

Luke's Washful Waiting (July 3, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. P-30 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Feb. 22 to Mar. 2, 1916.)

Luke Rides Roughshod aka Luke Rides Rough-Shod (July 10, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-1 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Mar. 14 to 21, 1916.)

Luke, Crystal Gazer (July 24, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-2 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Mar. 24 to 31, 1916.)

Luke's Lost Lamb (Aug. 7, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-3 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Mar. 31 to Apr. 5, 1916.)

Luke Does The Midway (Aug. 21, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-4 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Apr. 6 to 12, 1916.)

Luke Joins The Navy (Sep. 3, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-6 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed for Sep. 4, 1916. Filmed Apr. 17 to 21, Apr. 24, Apr. 26 and May 2, 1916.)

Luke And The Mermaids (Sep. 17, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-7 - Lonesome Luke series - Also listed for Sep. 18, 1916. Filmed Apr. 27 to May 3, 1916.)

Luke's Speedy Club Life (Oct. 1, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-8 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed May 3 to 6, 1916.)

Luke And The Bangtails aka Luke And The Bang-Tails (Oct. 15, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-5 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed Apr. 13 to 17, Apr. 22, Apr. 24 and May 19, 1916.)

Luke The Chauffeur (Oct. 29, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-9 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed May 9 to 15, 1916.)

Luke's Preparedness Preparations (Nov. 5, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-10 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed May 15 to 18, 1916.)

Luke The Gladiator aka Luke, Gladiator (Nov. 12, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-11 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed May 22 to 27, 1916.)

Luke, Patient Provider (Nov. 19, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-12 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed May 31 to June 3, 1916.)

Luke's Newsie Knockout (Nov. 26, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-14 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 5 to 12, and June 19, 1916.)

Luke's Movie Muddle (Dec. 3, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-15 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 13 to 17, 1916. Also known as Luke's Model Movie and Director Of The Cinema.)

Luke, Rank Impersonator (Dec. 10, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-16 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 20 to 23, 1916.)

Luke's Fireworks Fizzle (Dec. 17, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-17 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed June 26 to July 1, and Sep. 15, 1916.)

Luke Locates The Loot (Dec. 24, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-18 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 6 to 10, 1916.)

Luke's Shattered Sleep (Dec. 31, 1916 - Rolin/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. A-19 - Lonesome Luke series - Filmed July 11 to 15, 1916.)

 

 
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