Columbian Half Reference in Movie
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Last night TCM ran a number of early Laurel and Hardy comedies, one of which was the 1927 silent two-reeler Putting Pants on Philip. The opening title card references the 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollar, a coin of which many thousands were dumped into circulation. This confirms that enough remained 30 years later that the public would be expected to get the joke.

 

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Well, Uncle Piedmont (Oliver Hardy) tried to get his kilted Scottish nephew Philip (Stan Laurel) to wear pants, but without success. This is one of the very first L&H comedies, and they hadn't yet assumed the Stan & Ollie characters we've come to love.

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Found a bank holiday era letter where the woman writing said the only cash she had  were a souvenir Columbian half and quarter. She wanted to know if they were real money.

There is a lot of quality in those old one-reelers. As a kid, my Dad and I would get up early on Sunday and watch L&H and other silents and talkies on TV. It was the only time they were shown - mostly as filler for otherwise dead air time.

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On 12/9/2020 at 1:12 PM, Hoghead515 said:

 all the newer shows on TV are plumb filth. We watch alot of them with our kids

So, you are watching filth with your kids?

:devil:

 

 

 

(And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how our "news" media operates on a daily basis.)

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4 hours ago, Just Bob said:

So, you are watching filth with your kids?

:devil:

 

 

 

(And that. Ladies and Gentlemen, is how our "news" media operates on a daily basis.)

I worded that a little bit wrong. Lol. We watch the older TV shows on. A whole lot of Little House on the Prairie  and stuff like that. Cant hardly watch the new shows. Some of them are plum vulgar for little ones to see. 

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