Celebrating one of the great geniuses of silent comedy 16 rare short films 1923-1925
Before his famous teaming with Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel was for eight years one of the most important Hollywood comics of his time, competing at the same level with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
These very rare 16 films, shot between 1923 and 1925 and restored to their original versions, enable the audience to discover the hidden side of this immense genius of slapstick comedy.
From the parodies of popular films from the 1920s (Roughest Africa,The Soilers), to the hilarious social (Frozen Hearts, Short Kilts) or familial (Mother’s Joy, Yes, Yes, Nanette) satires, ending with real jewels of the slapstick genre (Oranges and Lemons,Postage Due), Stan Laurel is irresistible. His understanding of storytelling and charming humor have stood the test of time.
- Oranges and Lemons 1923 12 Min.
Stan works at a fruit packing/packaging/wrapping factory. The quarrels between employees/ factory workers quickly turn into surreal “fruit fights.”
- Roughest Africa 1923 21 Min.
During an expedition in Africa, Stan is confronted by wild animals for the camera of a documentary filmmaker.
- Frozen Hearts 1923 25 Min.
Russia, end of the 19th century. Olaf (Stan Laurel) leaves his fiancee and joins the army, given a concurrence of events.
- The Soilers 1923 24 Min.
Canister (Stan Laurel), a mine owner in Alaska, would give his life to get his confiscated goods/property back.
- Mother’s Joy 1923 23 Min.
An old man asks a lawyer to find his missing daughter and grand-son who turns out to be a very extravagant young man.
- Near Dublin 1924 23 Min.
In Shitlalah where Carrigan (Stan Laurel) works as a postman, quarrels and parties all end up in the same way: everybody gets beat up with bricks.
- Zeb vs. Paprika 1924 22 Min.
Two jockeys are racing against each other. Before the dual, Paprika’s horseman (Stan Laurel) follows a rigorous training.
- Postage Due 1924 22 Min.
Willy Worst (Stan Laurel) is turning a local post-office upside-down/ stirs up ill-feeling at a local post-office when trying to send a letter.
- Chasing the Chaser 1925 11 Min.
(Directed by Stan Laurel) A cross-dressing detective (William Gillespie) is hired to expose a husband (Jimmy Finlayson) with a wandering eye.
- Short Kilts 1924 24 Min.
in a small Scottish village, the McPherson family invites its neighbors over for a party.
- West of Hot Dog 1924 22 Min.
A stagecoach transporting Stan and a few other passengers is aimed by gunmen/ Gunmen aimed at a stagecoach transporting Stan and a few other passengers. The next day, Stan runs into one of his aggressors/ attackers.
- The Snow Hawk 1925 20 Min.
Stan works in a grocery store at the heart of the mountains buried in snow/ in the middle of the mountains. The young woman he’s in love with is falling for an impostor/a fraud who pretends to be an officer.
- Navy Blue Days 1925 20 Min.
During a layover, Stan, first class marine, invites himself to his boss’s amatory diner.
- The Sleuth 1925 22 Min.
Stan is a detective who essentially relies on different costumes to successfully complete his investigations.
- Dr. Pyckle & Mr. Pride 1925 20 Min.
Dr. Pyckle creates a potion whose absorption turns him into a sadistic/perverse monster: Mr. Pryde.
- Half a Man 1925 25 Min.
A naive/credulous/gullible/ shy young man (Stan Laurel) finds himself alone on an island inhabited by very enterprising/ sprightly women.
- Yes, Yes, Nanette 1925 21 Min.
Directed by Stan Laurel
Starring Jimmy Finlayson and Oliver Hardy
Nanette comes home to introduce her husband to her family. Nanette’s ex-fiance (Oliver Hardy) takes advantage of the situation to make a comeback/ to come back/ to reappear in her life.