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Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund

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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.  The Archive kicked 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 been pledged for the project.

Restored Laurel & Hardy

Feature films, shorts and trailers:

Babes in Toyland  (1934)  Trailer

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.  Preserved from the original 35mm nitrate composite production negative.  Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.

Busy Bodies (1933)

Busy Bodies  (1933)

Funding provided 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.  Preserved from the 35mm nitrate original picture and track negatives and a 35mm nitrate composite lavender print.  Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio.  Special thanks to: Richard W. Bann, Jeff Joseph, RHI Entertainment, LLC.

A Chump at Oxford  (1940)  Trailer

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.  Preserved from the original 35mm nitrate composite production negative.  Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.

County Hospital (1932)

County Hospital  (1932)

Funding provided 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.  Preserved from an incomplete 35mm nitrate lavender print, a 35mm nitrate reissue version composite lavender print, a 35mm nitrate reissue version track negative, and a 35mmnitrate reissue version track positive.  Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio.  Special thanks to: Richard W. Bann, Jeff Joseph, RHI Entertainment, LLC.

Helpmates (1932)

Helpmates  (1932)

Funding provided by the family and friends of Ron Isroelit and The Standford Theatre Foundation.  Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, Audio Mechanics and DJ Audio.

Busy Bodies (1933)

De Bote en bote  [Pardon Us]  (1931)

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.  Restored from the 35mm nitrate original camera picture and track negatives, and a 35mm acetate fine grain master.  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.

 

La Vida nocturna  [Blotto]  (1930)

Funding provided by the AFI/NEA Film Preservation Grants Program.  Preserved from original camera negatives and dupe negatives, with the cooperation of Hal Roach Studios; special thanks to Mark Lipson.

Busy Bodies (1933)

The Midnight Patrol  (1932)

Funding provided by The Winklevoss Foundation in memory of Frank Leonard.  Restored from a 35mm nitrate picture lavender and 35mm track negatives, and a 35mm nitrate composite lavender print.  Laboratory services by The Cinemalab, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio.  Special thanks to Sonar Entertainment, The British Film Institute.

Busy Bodies (1933)

The Music Box  (1932)

Funding provided 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.  Restored from the 35mm nitrate picture and track negatives, the 35mm nitrate work print and a 35mm nitrate work track.  Laboratory services by The Cinemalab, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound.  Special thanks to: Sonar Entertainment; Katie Trainor—the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Politiquerías  [Chickens Come Home]  (1931)

Funding provided by the AFI/NEA Film Preservation Grants Program.  Preserved from original camera negatives and dupe negatives, with the cooperation of Hal Roach Studios; special thanks to Mark Lipson.

The Rogue Song  (1930)  Fragments and Trailer

Technicolor fragments preserved from a 35mm dye-transfer 2-color Technicolor print, in cooperation with Northeast Historic Film and Warner Bros. Funding provided by Warner Bros.  Laboratory services by Cinetech Laboratory. Sound services by DJ Audio and Audio Mechanics.  Special thanks to Karan Sheldon.

Trailer restoration funded by The Joseph Drown Foundation.  Additional funding provided by The Ahmanson Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The Packard Humanities Institute.

Scram!  (1932)

Funding provided by Turner Classic Movies, Jeff Joseph/Sabucat, The Packard Humanities Institute, Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund including support of many Sons of the Desert tents, and in honor of National Film Preserve: Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger.

 

Tiembla y Titubea  [Below Zero]  (1930)

Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories.

Way Out West  (1937)

Funding provided by The Film Foundation.

 

Restorations in Progress

Berth Marks  (1929)

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

Brats  (1930/1935)

Funding for the 1930 version provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

The Chimp  (1932)

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

Hog Wild  (1930)

Funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

Sons of the Desert  (1933)

Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation.