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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 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 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 »


A title card describes Philip as Scotch instead of Scottish. See more »


Officer: [Pointing to Philip in his kilt] This dame ain't got no lingerie on -...
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Edited into Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965) See more »

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Has Some Very Funny Moments
28 February 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Although the slight premise limits what it can do, this earlier Laurel and Hardy comedy has some very funny moments. The whole feature depends on just a couple of very simple comedy ideas, but Stan and Ollie are able to get good laughs out of lesser material than that. The goofy nature of the material would probably have led to a flop with most other performers, so this feature really depends on its stars to make it work.

Laurel plays a young Scot coming to the USA, wearing a kilt and bringing an overly enthusiastic eye for women, while Hardy plays his unfortunate uncle who has to keep an eye on him. Laurel successfully fits his style in with the premise, blending his familiar screen persona with that of a red-blooded Scot. Hardy has to play the straight man for much of the movie, but his expressions in the part work well, and he also gets a couple of chances to take the spotlight for himself.

The comedy writing in this one is, honestly, not that great. After a while, it just keeps coming back to the same couple of gags, and only the lively presence and fine comic timing of the two stars makes it work. But it still offers some good laughs that make it worth seeing.

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3 December 1927 (USA) See more »

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His Kitty Conscience See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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