Review: ‘Zenobia’

Hal Roach introduces Oliver Hardy in straight comedy. Teamed with Harry Langdon - drafted to replace Stan Laurel - Hardy gives out with a minimum of slapstick antics and knockabout stunts. A few of Hardy's double-takes remain, but the rest is a straight portrayal.

Hal Roach introduces Oliver Hardy in straight comedy. Teamed with Harry Langdon – drafted to replace Stan Laurel – Hardy gives out with a minimum of slapstick antics and knockabout stunts. A few of Hardy’s double-takes remain, but the rest is a straight portrayal.

Slender story provided [by Walter De Leon and Arnold Belgard] does not warrant the amount of footage. Script is a series of incidents tied together in not too compact form.

As the doctor in a Mississippi town of the 1870s, Hardy is called on to treat Zenobia, elephant belonging to a carnival pitchman (Langdon). Pachyderm gratefully follows Hardy around, through buildings and into a reception for his daughter. Matter winds up in court, with Langdon suing Hardy for alienation of the beast’s affections.

Zenobia

Production

United Artists. Director Gordon M. Douglas; Producer Hal Roach; Screenplay Corey Ford; Camera Karl Struss; Editor Bert Jordan; Music Marvin Hatley; Art Director Charles D. Hall

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 71 MIN.

With

Oliver Hardy Harry Langdon Billie Burke Alice Brady
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