Image of the Week : 12 January 2021

The wonderful Oliver the Eighth was released tomorrow – 13 January – in 1934, and here is a splendid colourised still from the three-reeler.

The availability of professionally coloured images from the films we love so well can be looked upon in two ways. Some will see these as unnecessary or worse, but I would encourage all to welcome them as being done for the right reasons; to share amongst enthusiasts and to hopefully enhance the images to a point that occasionally, more detail can be visible. We will never use images that have been coloured for any reason other than for the enjoyment of all. If any become available at a cost – to make money for a dispassionate colouriser, no matter how good they are, I will run the proverbial mile.

Additionally, these are merely supplements, not substitutes, which will hopefully welcome a new audience to the work of our heroes. Mike Jones

Regarding ‘Oliver 8’, Did you know:

An appearance by Charlie Hall as a laundryman was filmed but deleted from the release.

Stan’s real-life brother, Teddy Jefferson tragically died during a dental procedure during filming. He went to have some teeth extracted, and died of heart failure after receiving the anaesthetic. He was only 33 years of age.

When Mae Busch receives Ollie’s letter, the return address is “Oliver Hardy. 201 Spring Street, Los Angeles, Calif.” and the letter is addressed to “Box 204J. Los Angeles”. The postmark, which appears to be an authentic Post Office cancellation, says “Culver City, Calif.” and is dated “Jan 8, 10:30AM, 1934”. The Hal Roach Studios were, of course, in Culver City, and Oliver the Eighth was released just a few days later – on 13 January 1934.

Both Charles Middleton (Beau Chumps, The Fixer Uppers) and Harry Bernard (Night Owls, Laughing Gravy) were born on the same date that Oliver the Eighth was released -13 January: In 1874 and 1878 respectively

Jack Barty, an Englishman who made his only appearance with Laurel and Hardy as the wonderful Jitters the butler in this, had earlier worked on the script for Sons of the Desert

We hope that you have enjoyed our brief look at this wonderful, if a little dark, sound short and please feel free to leave any observations of comments in the box below. We’d love to hear from you and all comments will receive a response on this page.

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