Double Whoopee  
 
Laurel & Hardy series
Production No. L-20
18 May 1929
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
silent short
2-reels

 

Director: Lewis R. Foster Cinematography: Jack Roach, George Stevens
Producer: Hal Roach Editor: Richard C. Currier
Titles/Dialogue: Leo McCarey Sound recording: N/A

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Stan and Ollie arrive at a swank hotel on Broadway to begin work as a doorman and footman respectively. However they turn up at the exact same time the hotel is expecting two V.I.P. guests and are mistaken for them.  When the manager realises the apparent of the mix-up, he puts the boys to work on the door.  Ollie misinterprets the use of both his whistle (which is used for calling cabbie Charlie Hall) and the bellhops clicker to indicate which door to open for guests leaving the hotel.  He is further frustrated as Stan picks up on the situation rather quickly and is rewarded by guests departing the lounge.  Poor Stan is relieved of his earnings by a jealous Hardy under the suspicous eye of Tiny Sandford, the patrol cop who forces him to give the money back to Stan.
Soon after this a beautiful young lady (Harlow) arrives in a cab.  Ollie immediately offers to escort her to the front desk but unaware Stan has closed the cab door on her dress, which peels off as they walk away, leaving her semi-naked.  This leads to a heated argument when Stan then refuses to lend his coat to cover up the unfortunate embarrassment.  A simple eye-poking turns into an out-and-out mass brawl between hotel staff, guests, the cab driver and policeman (probably the only time Ollie ever got away with punching Tiny Sandford in the face and getting away with it!)
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  Favourite bit
Undecided.

Facts
Production L-20 - Laurel & Hardy series.
Copyrighted May 13, 1929.

Filming dates
February 5-9, 1929.

Trivia
• Jean Harlow's appearance is surprisingly limited to only a few seconds.

Stan Laurel
Stan
Oliver Hardy
Ollie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jean Harlow
Cab passenger
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Chet Brandenburg
Bellhop
William Gillespie
Hotel manager
Charlie Hall
Cab driver
Hans Joby
Prince
Ham Kinsey
Cab driver
Sam Lufkin
Man poked in the eye
Jack Deery
Hotel guest
Jack O'Brien
Hotel employee
Charley Rogers
Prime Minister
Tiny Sandford
Policeman
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Rolfe Sedan
Desk clerk
Bobby Callahan
Bellhop
Clara Guiol
Switchboard operator
Hazel Keener
Hotel guest
Addie McPhail
Hotel guest powdering nose
   
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SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR
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DVD COMPARISONS
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Internet pages, acknowledgements and credits: None
Books and publications: Robert Demoss, Rob Stone, Richard Lewis Ward
Research: None
Thanks to: Jim Clewer, Richard W. Bann (identification of Bobby Callahan),
Robert Birchard (identification of Hazel Keener), Hal Erickson (identification of Addie McPhail)

This page was last updated on: 17 September 2015