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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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Although they had appeared in several films together at this point, Stan Laurel considered this the first official Laurel and Hardy film. See more »


When Philip (Stan Laurel) set down the kilt for the young lady to cross the street, the checkered shorts he was wearing were longer than the ones he started out with. See more »


Officer: [Pointing to Philip in his kilt] This dame ain't got no lingerie on -...
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #71.99 (2014) See more »

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Very entertaining but highly unusual for L&H
22 September 2011 | by forwardintothepastSee all my reviews

This is a very well-crafted short, but I've always been mystified as to why anyone, much less Stan Laurel, would consider this to be the first true Laurel & Hardy film. The first film they appeared in was a comedy starring Laurel with Hardy in support, "The Lucky Dog" from 1921. The second film they made together at the Hal Roach studio, "Duck Soup" (not to be confused with the Marx Brothers film of the same name, nor the Edgar Kennedy short), actually has humor more typical of their mature work.

If you can get past the unusual characterizations in "Philip" (Stan is a kilted, woman-crazy Scot and Hardy is his American uncle, fearful of being embarrassed lest someone find out he's related to this eccentric young man), the film offers some solid laughs. It's beautifully paced and edited; do try to see this in a theater with an audience, where it really comes to life.

The credited director is Clyde Bruckman, known best as a gag writer for Buster Keaton (and later Harold Lloyd, and still later, The Three Stooges). He only made 20 films as a director, but they include Keaton's "The General," Laurel & Hardy's "The Battle of the Century," Harold Lloyd's "Movie Crazy" and W.C. Fields' "The Man on the Flying Trapeze," each of these titles being among the best films their respective stars ever made. Producer Hal Roach was particularly fond of "Putting Pants on Philip," incidentally.

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