Friday, November 11, 2016

Laurel and Hardy on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch

The film describes the proceedings shown as the 21st birthday of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch.

That celebration must have taken place in 1948. But in 1947 Laurel and Hardy visited the railway to reopen the line to Dungeness - it had been used by the military during the war.

So unless they visited it twice, it is that 1947 visit that is shown here. You can read more about it on the Laurel and Hardy Magazine site.

Incidentally, I have never found Laurel and Hardy that funny - they are just two silly men doing silly things.

1 comment:

Frank Little said...

Neither Laurel nor Hardy seems to have been a railway enthusiast. The RH&DR people were probably taking advantage of the pair's current tour of British music-halls.

Buster Keaton on the other hand was a celebrated railway modeller.

For me, the attraction of the films of all three was the meticulous construction of the gags.