Fun Size Review: Double Whoopee (1929)

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!

Read my full-length review here.

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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  1. Birgit

    I’d love to see this and knownthe clip of Harlow well. This was my dad’s favourite comedy team and he used to go to the movies at this time to see all their films.

  2. Alan

    I love there work alot I am part of there fan club. Sons of the Desert. My favorite silent short from them is Big Business

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