Monday 22 December 2014

Oliver Hardy

Born: 18 January 1892, Harlem, Georgia, USA
Died: 7 August 1957, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
One Too Many (1916) as Plump (Credited as Babe Hardy)

The Bakery (1921) as Foreman (Credited as Babe Hardy)
The Bell Hop (1921) as Hotel Manager (Credited as Babe Hardy)

Yes, Yes, Nanette (1925) as Nanette's Former Sweetheart (Credited as Babe Hardy)
With James Finlayson.

    Here is a clip from Yes, Yes Nanette featuring Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson and Lyle Tayo.

Wandering Papas (1926) as Camp Foreman (Credited as Babe Hardy)

With Clyde Cook.

    Oliver Hardy with Clyde Cook in Wandering Papas.

Crazy Like a Fox (1926) as Charley's Victim (uncredited)

Oliver has blonde hair and no moustache in this Charley Chase short comedy.

The Nickel-Hopper (1926) as Jazz Band Drummer (uncredited)

45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926) as Hotel Detective

The Second Hundred Years (1927) as Big Goofy

Love 'Em and Weep (1927) Judge Chigger

Oliver Hardy is virtually unrecognisable in this film and only has a few seconds of screen time. Here he is with May Wallace.

Should Married Men Go Home? (1928) as Mr. Hardy

With Kay Deslys.

We Faw Down (1928) as Ollie
With Kay Deslys.

Men O' War (1929) as Ollie
The two ladies with their backs to us are Gloria Greer and Anne Cornwall.

Another Fine Mess (1930) as Ollie

Come Clean (1931) as Ollie

County Hospital (1932) as Ollie

Their First Mistake (1932) as Ollie

Breaking the fourth wall in classic style.

Way Out West (1937) as Ollie

Block-Heads (1938) as Ollie

Zenobia (1939) as Dr. Henry Tibbitt M.D.

Oliver with the real star of the film 'Miss Zenobia'.

A Chump at Oxford (1940) as Oliver Hardy

The Big Noise (1944) as Ollie


Atoll K (1951) as Ollie (Credited as Hardy)

With Stan Laurel. As you can see, Stan Laurel was ill and lost a lot of weight during the filming of Atoll K.

William Austin

Born: 12 June 1884, Georgetown, British Guiana. [now Guyana]
Died: 15 June 1975, Newport Beach, California, USA

County Hospital (1932) as Ollie's hospital roommate

May Wallace

Born: 23 August 1877, Russiaville, Indiana, USA
Died:11 December 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA

Love 'Em and Weep (1927) as Mrs. Chigger (uncredited)

With Oliver Hardy.

Skirt Shy (1929) as Maggie Herring

County Hospital (1932) as Miss Wallace, head nurse

Okay Toots! (1935) as Party Guest (uncredited)

MayWallace is on the right. Also in this picture are Grace Goodall on the left, and Charley Chase. The lady in the big black hat is unidentified at the moment.

The Keeper of the Bees (1935) as Nurse (uncredited)

Way Out West (1937) as Cook (uncredited)

Mary Gordon has her back to us.

Friday 19 December 2014

Herbert Heywood

Born: 1 February 1881, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 15 September 1964, Van Nuys, California, USA

The Mummy's Curse (1944) as Hill, the foreman (uncredited)

Thursday 18 December 2014

Van Johnson

Born: 25 August 1916, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Died: 12 December 2008, Nyack, New York, USA
Too Many Girls (1940) as Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Van Johnson is front and centre in this opening scene. This was Van's first film. He had been in the original Broadway production of Too Many Girls as a dancer and singer in the chorus line.


Too Young to Kiss (1951) as Eric Wainwright

The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Lt. Steve Maryk

Van Johnson is on the left, with Robert Francis.

Thursday 11 December 2014

Susan Strasberg

Born: 22 May 1938, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 21 January 1999, New York City, New York, USA

Stage Struck (1958) as Eva Lovelace

With Herbert Marshall.