|The Battle Of The Century
|Series:||All Stars with Laurel & Hardy||♦||Distribution:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer||♦||Director:||Clyde Bruckman||♦||Cinematography:||George Stevens|
|Production:||S-5||♦||Type:||Silent short||♦||Producer:||Hal Roach||♦||Editor:||Richard C. Currier|
|Released:||31 December 1927||♦||Length:||2-reels||♦||Titles:||H.M. Walker||♦||Production supervisor:||Leo McCarey|
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|The film opens in a crowd-filled darkened arena, where boxer Stan (by calls himself 'Canvasback Clump'), managed by Ollie, is about to take on the mighty Thunderclap Callahan (Noah Young). The ring announcer introduces the two oppponents to the audience, mocking Stan in the process. The crowd add to the mockery as they all nod in unison.
Stan sits in his corner awaiting to fight his menacing-looking opponent as Ollie tries to convince Stan that he will be fine, because he is considered an idol. The referee (Sam Lufkin) calls the boxers into the centre of the ring and asks if they understand the rules. Callahan smiles and returns to his corner, ready to fight, with Stan left standing in the middle of the ring alone and confused.
As the bell rings to start the bout, Callahan notes that his glove is unlaced and seeks assistance from his second. Stan is fired up and in his over-excitement, gets tangled in the ropes.
Against all the odds, Stan manages to (accidentally) knock his opponent out. But the chance for victory eludes him when he is unable to follow a simple order from the referee to go to a neutral corner whilst the count is layed on. Later, the opponent recovers in the next round and takes Stan out with one easy punch. By the time he comes to, the arena has emptied of all the fans.
|An insurance salesman offers Ollie a contract in where if Stan was to have an accident then his company would pay out a sum of money to cover it. This causes Ollie to think up a simple scheme to get his friend injured and thus places a banana peel on the ground, thinking Stan will slip on it. However, it is the delivery man for a pie company who makes the use of the gag and retaliates by throwing a pie into Ollie's face. Then all hell breaks loose.
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It has to be the world record-breaking pie fight, which used 3,000 pies in the short sequence in reel two.
• Production S-5 - All Star series with Laurel & Hardy.
• Copyrighted January 9, 1928.
• October 5-13, and 27-29, 1927. Retakes November 11, 1927.
• This film holds the record for the most amount of pies thrown in a single film.
• Half of the film was considered lost until 2015 when an almost-complete print was located.
• Anita Garvin always told how she did her bit in Battle during a break on an Charley Chase film. The production dates suggests she was doing Never The Dames Shall Meet with Charley Chase at that time. Interestingly enough, both films had the same production time (apart from some retakes for Battle... on November 27-29): October 5th to 13th.
• Sam Lufkin refereed the boxing bout between Stan Laurel and Noah Young. He would later repeat the role when Stan Laurel defeated Walter Long in Any Old Port.
• The title card uses the exact same template as the previously-released film, Putting Pants On Philip.
• The winning purse for the boxing match is $100. The loser receives $5. According to Ollie, that is a difference of $1500.
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|George B. French
Woman who slips on pie
Pie delivery man
Woman at window
Lady in car
Barber who falls in trashcan
|POSTER||LOBBY CARD & QUAD POSTER|
|SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR
Peter Mikkelsen (help and information)
Jorge Finkielman (lobby card)
Jesse Brisson (identification in The Battle Of The Century)
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