Jess Robbins

T. it.: Cane fortunato. Scen: Jess Robbins. F.: Irving G. Ries. Int.: Stan Laurel (il giovanotto), Oliver Hardy (il bandito), Florence Gilbert (la ragazza), Jack Lloyd (il fidanzato della ragazza). Prod.: Gilbert M. Anderson per Sun-Lite Pictures. DCP. Bn. 

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Before their initial encounter in 1921, Stan Laurel and Oliver ‘Babe’ Hardy both had a string of film credits to their names, released by various movie studios. Babe, having featured in more than 230 shorts, sometimes as the lead, but more often cast as a supporting villain, or ‘heavy’, was a well-seasoned professional in the movie business. At the same time, while only having just over a dozen films under his belt, Stan was headlining his own series of comedy shorts, trying to follow in the footsteps of his former music-hall colleague and roommate, who had become the biggest movie star in the world: Charlie Chaplin.
On the whole, The Lucky Dog is your average knockabout bit of silent slapstick, but it has a prominent place in movie history, being the very first film Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared in together. Although the film is far from a typical Laurel and Hardy comedy, there are teasing glimpses throughout of the magic that would eventually follow.

Steve Massa

Copy From

Restored in 2021 by Lobster Film from two 16mm dupe negatives preserved at Academy of motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Blackhawk collection) and a short fragment of 35mm dupe negative.