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Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund

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


"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 

"... 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.

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 in 1988, La Vida Nocturna and Politiquerias. Read author Randy Skretvedt's article "Catching Up With Laurel & Hardy in Spanish" to situate these two films.

 

Restored by the Archive

Laurel & Hardy titles restored by the Archive include:

Helpmates (1932)

Helpmates  (1932)

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)

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)

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.


Busy Bodies (1933)

De Bote en Bote  (1933)

Funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.

Laboratory services by The Stanford Theater Film Lab, Pacific Title & Art Studio, The Cinemalab, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.  Special thanks to: the Library of Congress, Sonar Entertainment.

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

Directed by James Parrott.  In the Spanish-language version Pardon Us, Stan and Ollie find themselves in the clink after a bootlegging endeavor goes awry.



Busy Bodies (1933)

The Midnight Patrol  (1932)

Funded by The Winklevoss Foundation in memory of Frank Leonard

Laboratory services by The Cinemalab, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio.  Special thanks to: Sonar Entertainment, The British Film Institute.

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

Directed by Lloyd French.  Novice police officers Laurel & Hardy have an eventful evening when they’re called to investigate a housebreaking.




Busy Bodies (1933)

The Music Box  (1932)

Funded by The Winklevoss Foundation in memory of Fran Leonard; Jeff Joseph/Sabucat; The Carl David Memorial Fund for Film Preservation; and the UCLA Film & Television Archive Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund, including the support of many Sons of the Desert tentsFunded by The Winklevoss Foundation in memory of Frank Leonard

Laboratory services by The Cinemalab, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.  Special thanks to: Sonar Entertainment; Katie Trainor—the Museum of Modern Art.

Directed by James Parrott.  Stan and Ollie strive valiantly to deliver a piano to a home at the top of an impossibly long staircase.