Series: Glenn Tryon

Director: Fred L. Guiol
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker

Stars: Glenn Tryon, Charlotte Mineau, Jack Clifford, Sue O'Neil, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 26 December 1926
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: H-3
Filming dates: October 27 - November 8, 1925;
added scenes November 16, 1925;
retakes March 27 & April 5-6, 1926

Rating: 5/10

45 Minutes From Hollywood

Available on BLU-RAY & DVD:

Grandpa is sitting at the dinner table with his family when he sees there is a sausage going spare. He politely offers it to his granddaughter (SUE O'NEIL) who refuses it, but his greedy grandson Orville (GLENN TRYON) snatches it willingly. A telegram has arrived informing the family that unless a writ is paid immediately their home will be reposessed. The mother tells grandpa he must go to Hollywood and pay the money. Orville protests that he too wants to go and when is told that he can he can't wait to rub the news in grandpa's face! But as it turns out, mother lets them all go. In the morning Orville is entrusted with the money as he, his sister and grandpa head off for Hollywood on a bicycle.


Copyrighted December 13, 1926.
This was the first Hal Roach film in which Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared together, though never on-screen at the same time.
At least one other source (incorrectly) lists this as an "All-Star" vehicle. All publications listing this film as a "Laurel & Hardy" film are wrong.
Charlotte Mineau was only 12 years older than her on-screen son Glenn Tryon.
When Orville asks his mother if he can go to Hollywood he gets on the chair with her and kisses her in such an inappropriate manner!
Theda Bara's brief appearance is stock footage used from a previous film she made with Oliver Hardy called Madame Mystery.
Look for a brief camera-facing smile by Hardy under that heavy moustache of his, a mannerism very typically seen in his later film appearances.
During the open-top bus tour, the journey passes a cinema showing "What Fools Men" (1925), starring Lewis Stone and Shirley Mason.
L&H regular Tiny Sandford appears 6 minutes into the film as a train conductor for exactly 23 frames (less than one second). Blink and you'll miss him.
The picture in the magazine that the father is reading in his bed near the beginning of the film is that of up-and-coming actress Vivien Oakland.
The cat that runs up Hardy's towel is not only animated but see-through as well.
The film is released on DVD with some scenes shown from slightly different angles. Also, the Universal DVD from 2004 cuts out a considerable amount of footage: There is an animated sequence which starts at 7:47 and lasts for 26 seconds with an aerial shot of a guy holding onto a rope ladder, another guy directing it with a film camera. The camera pans from left to right and we finally lots of animated people (seen as dots) jumping from the roof of a building and committing suicide. Also, there are hot air balloons, aeroplanes and zeppelin ships in the air, whilst a dinosaur is doing some kind of breakdancing thing on the Hollywood hills in the distance! It's something that looks like Monty Python! The sequence begins after the train sequence ends... lasts 26 seconds and resumes with Al Hallet with the megaphone on top of the bus. This version is actually available on many DVDs, the best being THE OLIVER HARDY COLLECTION from Kino Video (DVD).

My opinion
Historically important for being the first film produced by Hal Roach to feauture both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (in separate scenes) but as a comedy in general it's rather dull.

Glenn Tryon
Charlotte Mineau
Orville's mother
Jack Clifford
Sue O'Neil
Orville's sister
Oliver Hardy
Hotel detective
Edna Murphy
Em, hotel detective's wife
Jerry Mandy
Stan Laurel
Hotel guest in bed
Ray Hallor
Tiny Sandford
Claude Gillingwater
Old man in bed
Al Hallett
Tour guide on bus
Hope Harper
Tour bus passenger
Ham Kinsey
Hotel guest
Olin Francis
Lyle Tayo
Hotel guest
Clara Guiol
Hotel guest
Chet Brandenburg
Hotel guest
Bathing Beauties
Theda Bara
*stock footage from
Madame Mystery
Mickey Daniels
Jackie Condon
Joe Cobb
Scooter Lowry
Allen Hoskins
Johnny Downs
Jay R. Smith
Jack Hill
Hotel extra
Monte Collins
Hotel guest
Janet Gaynor
Cop #1
Cop #2

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Chris Bungo's "Then & Now" video presentation

Laurel And Hardy: The Magic Behind The Movies by Randy Skretvedt (book)
Lou Sabini (identification of Olin Francis)
Ian Tiso (identification of Clara Guiol)
Jesse Brisson (identification of some cast members including Hope Harper and Ray Hallor)

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