Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy get jobs at a posh hotel and chaos ensues. Not the strongest of their silent shorts but this picture has one ace tucked away in its garter: a very young Jean Harlow.
Harlow is, of course, accidentally separated from her skirt by a horrified Stan and Ollie but this short has other enjoyable elements. I particularly liked the Erich von Stroheim spoof they have going on. Not a masterpiece but fun. Come on, anything from the Boys is pretty wonderful, right?
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
If you’ve ever seen a Laurel and Hardy short, you know where this is going. Jobs lost, bosses angered, an escape and back to square one.
If it were a dessert it would be: Double Chocolate + Espresso Buttercream Whoopee Pies. Some hyper ingredients there. Whoopee!
Availability: Alas, the silent Laurel and Hardy shorts are pretty hard to come by. Their silents were released by Image as a series called The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy (Double Whoopee is on disc 2) but the series quickly fell out of print and prices are outrageous for used copies.
I ended up ordering the 21-disc set Laurel & Hardy – The Collection from the UK. This set features the most annoying menus in the history of DVDs but is also has quite a few silent films, including Double Whoopee. There is also a PAL solo DVD of Double Whoopee, if you don’t want to invest in the box. (Obviously, region 1 viewers will want to make sure they can play foreign discs before ordering.)
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