Colonel Effingham’s Raid

2760. COLONEL EFFINGHAM’S RAID (1945-USA). With CHARLES COBURN, JOAN BENNETT, WILLIAM EYTHE, ALLYN JOSLYN, ELIZABETH PATTERSON, DONALD MEEK, FRANK CRAVEN, CORA WITHERSPOON. Charles Coburn was expert at playing superficially stuffy corporate types and world’s richest men who beneath their bluster have hearts of gold. He is never better as W. Seaborn Effingham, a just-retired United States Army colonel who returns to his roots in an otherwise average town in Georgia. The colonel is bothered by what he perceives as a lack of awareness among the local citizenry of the town’s past. “A community’s history is its family tree,” he declares, as he offers his services to the local newspaper as a columnist. Colonel Effingham becomes especially outraged when it is announced that the hypocrites at city hall have decided to rename a town square after a crooked politician, and he expresses his feelings in his column. Next, the fat cats in the community conspire to rebuild the local courthouse, a project that will allow them to profit financially. Even though he is no longer on active duty, Colonel Effingham quickfy finds that his battles are not yet over as he takes on the pompous politicians and their cronies. What follows is an altogether entertaining and keenly perceptive comedy that offers food for thought regarding civic pride and responsibility. 71 minutes Comedy

Stan Without Ollie Vol. IV

1. STAN WITHOUT OLLIE: VOLUME IV. CRAZY COMEDY SHORTS STARRING THE INIMITABLE STAN LAUREL AND THE BIZARRE JIMMIE FINLAYSON. ITÕS A TOSSUP AS TO WHO IS FUNNIER! SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY OLIVER HARDY! 1. HALF A MAN (1925). WITH STAN LAUREL, BLANCHE PAYSON. TITLES BY TAY GARNETT. STAN LAUREL IS A VERY NAIVE “CHILD Of NATURE,” WHO, LEAVING HOME TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE, IS WARNED TO BEWARE Of WOMEN. NATURALLY, HE FINDS HIMSELF ON A BOAT FILLED WITH FEMALES-ALL WITH DESIGNS ON HIM! SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERT ISLE, STAN IS ARÂDENTLY PURSUED BY THE MAN-HUNGRY WOMEN, AND, FACED WITH A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH, HE’S READY TO CHOOSE THE FATTER! 2. YES, YES, NANETTE (1925). WITH JIMMIE FINLAYSON, “BABE” (OLIVER) HARDY. PRODUCED BY HAL ROACH. DIRECTED BY STAN LAUREL AND CLARENCE HENNECKE. HERE’S A RARITY: A FILM CO-DIRECTED BY STAN LAUREL, WITH FUTURE PARTNER OLIVER HARDY SUPPORTING JIMMIE FINLAYSONÑTHE GIFTED COMEDIAN WHO WOULD LATER SUPPORT THEM! NANETTE OUTRAGES HER FAMILY BY BRINGING HOME THE MAN Of HER DREAMSÑBALD-HEADED, BEADY-EYED, SAUCER-EARED FINLAYSON. HIS TOUPEE GETS STUCK ON CHEWING GUM, THEN IS STOLEN BY THE DOG. TO MAKE MAILERS WORSE, JIMMIE MUST FACE THE WRATH Of NANETTE’S FORMER SWEETHEART-THE FORMIDABLE “BABE” HARDY! 3. SAVE THE SHIP (1925). WITH STAN LAUREL. LAUREL, HIS WIFE AND IRRITATING IN-LAWS SHARE A UNIQUE VACATION RETREAT: A TENT ON A BARGE IN THE MIDDLE Of THE OCEAN. ATTEMPTING TO FISH, STAN SUCCEEDS IN HOOKING HIS TROUSERS, BEING POKED BY A SWORDFISH, AND CATCHING FLYING FISHÑWHICH ACTUALLY FLY AWAY. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, THE BARGE EXPLODES AND THE TWO Of THEM END UP ON A SINKING BOAT! SAVE THE SHIPÑBUT FIRST SAVE YOURSELF FRONT GOING OVER- BOARD WITH LAUGHTER! SILENT FILMS WITH MUSIC SCORE, CORRECT PROJECTION SPEED. 64 MINUTES TOTAL. ÒSILENT COMEDIESÓ