(also known as Elephants Never Forget
) and It's Spring Again
) is a 1939 comedy film
starring Oliver Hardy
, Harry Langdon
, Billie Burke
, Alice Brady
, James Ellison
, Jean Parker
, June Lang
, Stepin Fetchit
, and Hattie McDaniel
. It is one of the few films after the teaming of Laurel and Hardy
that features Hardy without Stan Laurel
, the result of a contract dispute between Laurel and producer Hal Roach
, who maintained separate contracts for each performer, rather than a team contract, which would have offered them more control over their careers. Zenobia
was Roach's attempt to create a new comedic pair without Laurel, and a series of films with Hardy and Langdon was planned. The dispute was short-lived, however, and Laurel and Hardy were reunited shortly thereafter.For details on this dispute, see the main article
on Laurel and Hardy.
Oliver Hardy enacted his role in straight comedic leading man fashion, eschewing most of his trademark "Ollie" mannerisms.
The film, itself, enjoyed some success. The reviewer for The New York Times
wrote on May 15, 1939, that the film:
- "... a rough idea of what would happen to Gone With the Wind if Hal Roach had produced it... an antebellum, costume romance in slapstick...".
Then—playing on the potential for a new comedy team of Hardy and Langdon—the reviewer said:
- "...Harry Langdon......