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New at Tfh: John Landis on A Chump At Oxford

1 August 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

John Landis takes on A Chump At Oxford.

Like Saps at Sea, this Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy vehicle was originally conceived as a four-reeler, but was bumped up to 63 minutes to compete in the feature market. These were arguably their last substantial feature releases before a contract with 20th Century Fox reduced them to formula B-pictures. It’s a cultural crime that today’s kids know nothing of Stan and Ollie, but that’s their loss. John McCabe’s 1961 biography “Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy” remains the definitive word on the duo.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Nothing much to add to this commentary today, folks. Instead, have a Laurel and Hardy short:

And, if you haven’t checked it out, this commentary and (I think) all the Landis-hosted commentaries this week were recorded in the session in which we captured the bloopers in the John Landis blooper reel. 

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- Danny

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Week 205: John Landis on Comedy.

31 July 2011 10:46 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A week of Landis bringing you 3 classic comedies starts now.

On Monday, August 1, join John Landis for the trailer to A Chump at Oxford.

Like Saps at Sea, this Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy vehicle was originally conceived as a four-reeler, but was bumped up to 63 minutes to compete in the feature market. These were arguably their last substantial theatrical releases before a contract with 20th Century Fox reduced them to formula B-pictures. It’s a cultural crime that today’s kids know nothing of Stan and Ollie, but that’s their loss. John McCabe’s 1961 biography “Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy” remains the definitive word on the duo.

On Wednesday, August 3, join John Landis for the trailer to Have Rocket Will Travel.

This cheap but popular sci fi spoof was the first Columbia feature for the Stooges, who had contemplated retirement until the galvanic response to the release of the Stooges »

- Danny

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Happy Birthday, Stan Laurel!

16 June 2011 1:07 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The incomparable comic genius was born 121 years ago today. Let’s take a look, making sure we remember him now and in another 121 years.

It might not show between the cracks of all our appreciation for horror, exploitation, crime dramas, drama dramas, classic sci-fi and all the other bits of lost, obscure classics we throw at you on Trailers From Hell, but we’re pretty big comedy fans as well. Sure, you can find the occasional Jerry Lewis movie or a Peter Sellers picture or something by The Three Stooges, but you can’t — outside of John Landis talking about When Comedy Was King — find a lot of talk about the early days of film comedy.

And, specifically, we don’t have much about Stan Laurel — who was born on June 16, 121 years ago — and Oliver Hardy*. Which carries with it both a touch of irony and a hint of shame. »

- Danny

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