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Putting Pants on Philip (1927)

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.

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writers:

Leo McCarey (story), H.M. Walker
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Cast

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 Dorothy Coburn ... Girl Chased by Philip
Alfred Fisher Alfred Fisher ... Extra
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Extra
Sam Lufkin 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metti i pantaloni a Philip See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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J. Piedmont Mumblethunder: What can I do to entertain you? - - What are you interested in? -...
Philip: Wimmen?
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Watchable, but so atypical of later Laurel and Hardy films
4 May 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really can't fault this movie too much for being a rather sub-par Laurel and Hardy short. After all, the team still wasn't exactly a team. Despite starring in quite a few films together in 1927, they were still a brand new pairing and the chemistry we all have come to expect still hadn't developed completely. In light of this, it's not surprising then that Ollie and Stan are playing such unusual roles.

In this case, they are NOT friends nor do they know each other when the film begins--a highly unusual situation for any of their films. Plus, Ollie appears to be a successful man--a big departure from his usual role and Stanley a nephew visiting from Scotland. Talk about a different Laurel and Hardy plot!! The rest of the film concerns the hilarity (?) that occurs when Ollie takes his kilted nephew through the city. Again and again, huge crowds gather to laugh at the sight of a guy in a kilt. While as an American I do find the idea of a man in essentially a skirt funny, it certainly was not as funny as the film tried to make it seem and was certainly not enough to sustain an entire comedy short! Now there were some funny moments here and there, but laughing at a kilt and laughing as Stanley chased women (much like Harpo Marx in later films) just isn't that thrilling. As a result of this and the bizarre chemistry, I think this one earns a 6. For devoted fans of the team like myself, it's a must--for most others its a film best not seen until you see their better films, as this one might give you the mistaken impression that their films weren't that funny.


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