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Putting Pants on Philip (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 3 December 1927 (USA)
Pompous J. Piedmont Mumblethunder, greets his nephew from Scotland, who arrives in kilts. He is immediately taken to a tailor for a pair of proper pants.


Clyde Bruckman


Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker




Credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Philip
Oliver Hardy ... J. Piedmont Mumblethunder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer
Don Bailey Don Bailey ... Extra
Chet Brandenburg ... Extra
Ed Brandenburg Ed Brandenburg ... Bus Conductor
Harvey Clark ... Tailor
Dorothy Coburn ... Girl Chased by Philip
Alfred Fisher Alfred Fisher ... Extra
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Extra
Sam Lufkin ... Ship's Doctor
Eric Mack Eric Mack ... Extra
Tom Mintz Tom Mintz
Bob O'Connor ... Extra (as Bob O'Conor)
Retta Palmer Retta Palmer ... Extra


Pompous J. Piedmont Mumblethunder, greets his nephew from Scotland, who arrives in kilts. He is immediately taken to a tailor for a pair of proper pants.

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Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


This is the first appearance of the famous, at least to Laurel and Hardy fans, of the Pink Pup Nightclub. This is on the Hal Roach Studios lot, and can also be seen in The Battle of the Century (1927), Their Purple Moment (1928), and That's My Wife (1929). See more »


Stan sneezes and looses his pants then later takes off his kilt and spreads it over a puddle for a lady to cross without getting wet and he's got them on again. See more »


Louise: Philip has but one weakness - women. At the sight of a pretty girl he has spots before his eyes.
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Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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The tailor's new pants
9 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

'Putting Pants on Phillip' is nowhere near classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better. At this point, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in most of the previous outings had too little to do. 'Putting Pants on Phillip' is still worth watching and is an improvement on some of their previous short films, to me it's easily one of their best at this point of their careers and one of the first to feel like a Laurel and Hardy short rather than a short featuring them.

Personally would have liked more sly wit that made their later entries better, though the slapstick does entertain and is timed well if a bit too far on the simplicity.

The story is a bit busy at times and both slight and formulaic.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious. Hardy is at least not wasted, and he does give one of his funniest and most interesting appearances of his pairings with Laurel up to this point and has much more to do in comparison to their previous outings. The chemistry is certainly much more here than in previous outings of theirs, namely because there's more of them together, if still evolving. Support is nice.

A good deal of the humour is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny, with everything going at a lively pace, and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going, as well as a surprising bizarre one that doesn't feel too much. 'Putting Pants on Phillip' looks quite good still.

To conclude, decent and far from pants. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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