"Double Whoopee" Intertitle Script

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"Double Whoopee" Intertitle Script

PostSat Jun 03, 2017 7:03 am

Hello,

About 20 years ago I bought an original Hal Roach Studios
Intertitle Script for "Double Whoopee" (1929) from Ebay.

Last night I pulled it out of my steel lock box. Just for kicks,
I decided to watch the movie on You Tube. I wanted to compare
the intertitles in the script to what was on film.

The first page of the script reads "Hal Roach Presents Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Double Whoopee."
The second page gives the director, cameraman and title writer credits.

The You Tube videos show that but under the title "Double Whoopee" it reads 'with Jean Harlow.' Some of the videos also read "New version copyright Richard Feiner and the Nostalgia Archive." Is it possible that the Jean Harlow credit was added by Nostalgia Archive to increase sales?

I still have my VHS copy of the film that was released by Nostalgia Archive and on the back of the box.
They list Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Jean Harlow.

In 1929 Jean Harlow was not yet a star or featured player. She was a cameo and/or a bit player.

What do all of you think?

Uncle Claude

PS: All of the intertitles in the film perfectly matched those in my script! :D

PPS: Does the Image Entertainment DVD have the Jean Harlow credit??
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Re: "Double Whoopee" Intertitle Script

PostSat Jun 03, 2017 2:35 pm

Volume 14 of the Universal UK box set has the revised Harlow credit.

The Image LOST FILMS OF LAUREL AND HARDY also has the Harlow credit with the following information
subtitled over the screen: New Version Copyright 1993 Richard Feiner and The Nostalgia Archive.
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Re: "Double Whoopee" Intertitle Script

PostSun Jun 04, 2017 6:02 am

Scoundrel wrote:Volume 14 of the Universal UK box set has the revised Harlow credit.

The Image LOST FILMS OF LAUREL AND HARDY also has the Harlow credit with the following information
subtitled over the screen: New Version Copyright 1993 Richard Feiner and The Nostalgia Archive.


Okay, thanks for the clarification.
Looking at her next film for Roach, "Bacon Grabbers" (released October 19, 1929).
I see that she is credited. However, it is after the main title.

Perhaps this was added to "Double Whoopee" after the films initial release on May 18, 1929.
Here next credited appearance was not until 1930 for the film "Hell's Angels" (1930)

Hal Roach probably re-released the film with music and an edited film title page,
to capitalize on Jean's sudden rise to fame. This practice was not unusual
for a studio to do.

Plus, even in 1930, there were probably still some theaters, in rural areas,
that had not converted to showing sound films.

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