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The Battle of the Century
(1927) United States of America
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Clyde Bruckman

Cast: Stan Laurel [‘Canvasback’ Clump, also known as The Human Mop], Oliver Hardy [Clump’s manager], Noah Young [‘Thunderclap’ Callahan], Steve Murphy [one of Callahan’s trainers], Ed Brandenburg [one of Callahan’s trainers; a pie war participant], Gene Morgan [the ring announcer], Sam Lufkin [the referee], [?] ? [the radio broadcaster], Lou Costello [a ringside spectator], Jack Hill [a ringside spectator], Ham Kinsey [a ringside spectator], Eric Mack [a ringside spectator], Bert Roach [a ringside spectator], Eugene Pallette [the insurance agent], [?] ? [the policeman who slips on the banana peel], Charlie Hall [the pie deliveryman], Dorothy Coburn [the pie victim boarding an automobile], Hayes E. Robertson [the shoeshine man], Jack O’Brien [the shoeshine patron], Wilson Benge [the top-hatted mayor], [?] ? [the mayor’s pie victim], [?] ? [the woman cleaning a rug], [?] ? [the rug woman’s pie victim], George B. French [the dentist], Dick Sutherland [the dental patient], [?] ? [the first goateed pie victim], [?] ? [the second goateed pie victim], Dick Gilbert [the sewer worker], [?] ? [the pie shop salesman], [?] ? [the pie shop pie victim], [?] ? [the open-door pie victim], Pete Gordon [the barber], [?] ? [the barbershop pie victim], Lyle Tayo [the woman at the open window], [?] ? [the postman], Ellinor Vanderveer [the society woman in the open automobile], [?] ? [the photograph poser pie victim], [?] ? [the photographer], Bob O’Connor [a pie war participant], Dorothea Wolbert [a pie war participant], Anita Garvin [the woman who slips on a pie], [?] ? [the second policeman], Jack Adams, Monte Collins, Jim Farley, Al Hallett, Jack Herrick, Charley Young

Hal Roach Studios, Incorporated, production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Hal Roach. From a screen story by Hal Roach. Production supervised by Leo McCarey. Photographed (cinematography) by George Stevens. Second camera operator, Jack Roach. Special animation effects by Roy Seawright. Film editor, Richard Currier (Richard C. Currier). Titles (intertitles written) by H.M. Walker. Presented by Hal Roach. / © 9 January 1928 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation [LP24848]. Released 31 December 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot on 5-13 October 1927, 27-29 October 1927 and 11 November 1927. / Silent film.


Survival status: Prints exist [incomplete 35mm positive (missing fragments, end of reel one)]; and in the film holdings of Jon C. Mirsalis (Gordon Berkow collection) [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Athletes: Boxers - Insurance - Sports: Boxing

Listing updated: 28 December 2022.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Gallagher-Ford p. 453; Kerr-Silent p. 331; Lahue-World p. 139; Sinyard-Silent p. 49; Skretvedt-Magic pp. 70, 99, 107-109, 115, 126, 402, 410, 435 : ClasIm-224 p. 41 : Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Richard W. Bann.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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