Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Wet Paint Routine



In Habeas Corpus (1928), Oliver Hardy shinnies up a post to read a street sign at the top.  He reaches the top only to find a sign that reads, "Wet Paint."  He can see now that the post has been freshly painted and the paint has left a thick white stripe running down the front of his suit.

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This gag appeared in earlier films, including a 1920 Roach comedy called Money to Burn and a 1925 Sennett comedy called Sneezing Beezers!.  Here is the scene in Money to Burn.

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Laurel & Hardy used the gag again in the 20th Century Fox feature The Big Noise (1944).

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The gag continued to be used by others in a variety of films.


 I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

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The Runaway Bus (1954)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!


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