Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund

Laurel & Hardy

"No films have been mistreated and mishandled more than Laurel and Hardy’s over the past 70 years, and it’s high time someone did right by them. UCLA will be inviting fans to contribute to the cause and I will be among the first to volunteer." 
Leonard Maltin, Movie Crazy


"The goal is to preserve the classic comedic duo so that generations of audiences can treasure the esteemed comedy act."
 Indiewire



About the Project

One of the ironies of film preservation is that it's often the most popular titles that are most in need of restoration, and this is certainly true of the work of the universally beloved comic duo, Laurel & Hardy, whose films have been used, reused and overused to the point of severe attrition.

UCLA Film & Television Archive is kicking off a major preservation effort to restore all of its surviving negatives of Laurel & Hardy. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Jeff Joseph, a major lead gift has already been pledged for the project.

Often our preservation efforts are funded by public agencies and charitable foundations, but we thought we'd try something different with Laurel & Hardy, allowing the general public to contribute directly to the restoration of the Boys' timeless classics.

Donate to the Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund, and know that you are contributing to the preservation of their work for generations to come.

About the Films

To learn more about the convoluted history of the Laurel & Hardy films and their need for restoration, read "Another Fine Mess: Laurel & Hardy's Legacy" by author Richard W. Bann.

UCLA Film & Television Archive inaugurated the preservation effort by showing two rare 1930 Laurel & Hardy Spanish language shorts we restored and included in our first-ever "UCLA Festival of Preservation" (1988), La Vida Nocturna and Politiquerias. Read author Randy Skretvedt's article "Catching Up With Laurel & Hardy in Spanish" to situate these two films.

Bogus Bandits (1933)

Winstein Donation

Joan Winstein donated some rare paper materials documenting the career of Laurel & Hardy that her husband, the late Bruce Winstein (UCLA Class of 1965), collected. Check out the materials in our online gallery!

TCM Classic Film Festival

 On April 14, 2012, the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles screened three Laurel & Hardy films restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Look for additional screenings in the months ahead!

Read UCLA Film & Television Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak's account of the TCM screening—and an update on our preservation work.

All three films were restored from original nitrate prints; the original 1932 County Hospital is no longer in existence, so the Archive restored the film's 1937 reissue, which has differences in the main titles and soundtrack, but is otherwise the same.

Helpmates (1932)

Helpmates (1932)

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Funded by the family and friends of Ron Isroelit and The Standford Theatre Foundation.

Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, Audio Mechanics and DJ Audio.

Special thanks to: Richard W. Bann, RHI Entertainment, LLC.

Directed by James Parrott.

Ollie enlists Stan's help in cleaning up his house after a wild party, with predictably catastrophic results.

County Hospital (1932)

County Hospital (1932)

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Funded by Turner Classic Movies; Jeff Joseph / SabuCat; The Packard Humanities Institute; Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund, including the support of many Sons Of The Desert Tents; and in honor of National Film Preserve, Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger.

Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics and DJ Audio.

Special thanks to: Richard W. Bann, RHI Entertainment, LLC. and Jeff Joseph.

Directed by James Parrott.

Stan visits Ollie, recuperating in a hospital from a broken leg, and havoc ensues.

Busy Bodies (1933)

Busy Bodies (1933)

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Funded by Turner Classic Movies; Jeff Joseph / SabuCat; The Packard Humanities Institute; Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund, including the support of many Sons Of The Desert Tents; and in honor of National Film Preserve, Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger.

Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics and DJ Audio.

Special thanks to: Richard W. Bann, RHI Entertainment, LLC. and Jeff Joseph.

Directed by Lloyd French.

Stan and Ollie try to make themselves useful in a sawmill but end up waging war with inanimate objects.

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