On May 18, 1940 Warner Brothers released the combined live-action and animation short “You Ought To Be In Pictures” (9:41 screening time). Producer Leon Schlesinger of the Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies cartoons of Warners appeared as himself here, and yes, one of ‘The Boys’ was casually alluded to in this fun short.
Next up was the classic silent Laurel and Hardy short entitled, “Two Tars” (20:27), which was released on November 3, 1928. It can simply be described as “’reciprocal destruction involving motorists in a traffic jam”!
After a short break we resumed with “Divot Diggers” (14:26), an “Our Gang” short shot in 1935 but first released on February 8, 1936. Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, and the whole gang meant that a whole lot of fun was packed into this little film, and hopefully the plot helped caddies gain more respect: we saw what happened when unprofessional Rascals ‘monkeyed’ around on a golf course. And we weren’t done with monkeys! (see below).
Then we headed into two unrelated yet related Laurel and Hardy films; each had great significance to our Cincinnati chapter:
Released on May 21, 1932, “The Chimp” (23:47) is the namesake Laurel and Hardy film of our tent. Several regular supporting actors in many of The Boys’ other films had roles in this silly short feature, including Tiny Sandford (Destructo), Billy Gilbert (the landlord), and Jimmy Finlayson (the ringmaster). And don’t forget Charles Gemora (“Ethel”)! Lions and chimps and flea circuses, oh my!
Another short break followed which led us to our final Laurel and Hardy feature of the evening, the namesake feature film of The Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, “The Sons of the Desert” (1:01:52). Look for the wonderful sequence of song featuring “Honolulu Baby”, where special guest star Charley Chase featured as another conventioneer. The film was first released on December 29, 1933 and contained several memorable quotes, not the least of which is one remarkable sentence uttered by Stan to Ollie, “Well, for the meticulous care with which you have executed your finely formulated machinations, in extricating us from this devastating dilemma.” You can imagine Ollie’s response to THAT!