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Double Whoopee (1929)

Stanley and Oliver, in their new jobs as footman and doorman at a ritzy hotel, wreak their usual havoc on the guests, including partially undressing a swanky blonde guest and repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis R. Foster (as Lewis Foster)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Jean Harlow ... Swanky Blonde
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver, in their new jobs as footman and doorman at a ritzy hotel, wreak their usual havoc on the guests, including partially undressing a swanky blonde guest and repeatedly escorting a haughty Prussian nobleman into an empty elevator shaft. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Trivia

Hans Joby (aka Captain John Peters), who successfully lampooned Erich von Stroheim in this film, had been von Stroheim's double, and repeated all his nuances and characteristics. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: [to the Swanky Blonde - i.e., Jean Harlow - as she arrives at the hotel] Might I presume that you would condescend to accept my escortage?
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Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) See more »

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Silent era comedy short
6 July 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DOUBLE WHOOPEE is one of the last silent Laurel & Hardy shorts made before the advent of the talkie era. This one sees the pair taking up employment as doormen at a swanky hotel, where they fall foul of European royalty as well as glamorous actresses, policemen and irate staff members.

This short is effectively a tribute to the silent film era and there's much to recommend it, from the Eric Von Stroheim impersonator to the early appearance of Jean Harlow who's accidentally stripped by a clumsy Laurel. The focus of the short is inevitably on the slapstick, with characters blundering into accidents and a descent into farce as the duo's antics lead to widespread brawling.

As ever with these silent efforts, I miss hearing the sound of the famous pair, but DOUBLE WHOOPEE is good enough to make you forget the shortcomings of the era. It's also distinctive enough to be a worthwhile watch, even if it isn't one of their best works.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

18 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agli ordini di sua altezza See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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