Series: Stan Laurel

Director: George Jeske
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Frank Young

Stars: Stan Laurel, James Finlayson, Katherine Grant
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 17 June 1923
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: D-3
Filming dates: February 26 - March 5, 1923;
retakes March 9, 1923

Rating: -/10

Pick And Shovel

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Stan arrives at the checkpoint to collect his pickaxe from the girl at the kiosk next to the mine shaft. He is followed by a short man (the unmistakable SAMMY BROOKS) and the rest of the miners, who all walk onto a lift platform before being lowered down. Stan, who had been the first to get on, has walked too far across the platform and ended up being left behind.
The foreman (JAMES FINLAYSON) is introduced as somebody with a generous heart - he would give up his shirt (if it was on flames). He sees that Stan has been left behind and walks over to him, but before Stan can explain, he falls down the shaft and lands on top of his co-workers at the bottom.


Copyrighted May 12, 1923.
The words "A Worthless Mine, Inc." are above the entrance to the mine shaft.
Five men get off the mine lift at the beginning before another twelve get on.

Stan Laurel
James Finlayson
Katherine Grant
Foreman's daughter
George Rowe
Sammy Brooks
William Gillespie
The boss

CREDITS (click image to enlarge)

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Laurel Or Hardy by Rob Stone (book)

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