Maybe not "mainstream" but I wonder if any of the experts here know anything about the Model T cars used in the vintage movies of the Laurel and Hardy era. Was there a specialist dealer who supplied those cars to the studios? What happened to those Model Ts after they were finished with (if there was anything left of them)? Any information will be greatly appreciated. In return I can provide any information about vintage movies and Laurel and Hardy in particular. I hope it's OK to include the link to my e-book, as it's FREE! http://norvell-hardy.co.uk/
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"The boys" as we call them are quite popular here, and have been for a long time. Unfortunately, several of our best "Boys" posters are sadly no longer active due to age issues. We had a couple people that would slip animated dancing shots of the great Stanley and Oliver. I have not seen that for awhile.
There is quite a history in the special Ts used in several of their movies. I understand that a couple of them still survive, including the really short tall car.
My favorite one was when the engine fell out of the car, landed on the street. The policeman comes along, Stanley is crying and trying to explain. The policeman orders Stanley to pick up the motor and set it on the seat. Stanley is still trying to explain, the officer is ordering him to "get this car out of here". Reluctantly, Stanley climbs into the driver's seat, works the spark and throttle rods, and hits the starter switch. The engine, though not connected to anything starts right up and runs fine. Ollie, sitting in the back seat watches in amazement, knowing that what he is seeing is impossible. Meanwhile, Stanley does his work with the spark and throttle levers, and presses the pedals, releases the brake/clutch, puts out a hand signal and drives off like it is a normal day.
I think that may have been in "County Hospital". But I am not sure. Long time since I have seen it!
For you, Wayne, and others:
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In the 1920s and early 1930s, there were PLENTY of used Model T Fords available for purchase from private parties and used car dealers in the Los Angeles area. All a person would need to do is look in the newspaper classifieds or visit a used car dealer.
Also, they were probably dirt cheap, especially during the depression.
Slightly off but still in the theme, does anyone remember Burl Ives' recording of "Jolly Doctor Dolly-well" ? From about 1953 I believe ? At the end of the song, you could clearly hear the Doctor driving off in his Model T, dubbed in as a sound effect.
Sadly, i have been unable to find this track on any of the re-release albums or "best of" type CDs, either in shops or online.
Does anyone have a copy ? (as a digital format).
I think those two dancing are taken from the movie "Way Out West", or something close to that. It's a really good clip. There will never be any like them.
Thanks, Wayne, for reminding me of one of my favorite L&H "bits". It's about 6 minutes into "Saps at Sea". (Now that I've pulled out the DVD to check, I think I'll end up watching it tonight.)
Oh, I forgot to mention Eric, although I don't know who handled the cars for Laurel & Hardy's Hal Roach produced films, I did stumble across some information in a website that documented Roach's 1920s house on Gramercy Place in Los Angeles.
Here's the quote: "In the early '20s he became a partner in Clippinger-Kincaid Chevrolet, with showrooms downtown at Seventh and Central." Perhaps all of those model Ts were trade-ins? Hmm.
Thank you Bill H !
"Saps at Sea". Wow, it has been too long since I have seen more than a short clip of their movies. A long time ago, I used to watch them often. I know I have "Saps" on VHS. I wonder if that almost thirty year old recording is still any good?