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Way Out West(1937)

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The working titles of this film were They Done It Wrong and Tonight's the Night, and a September 14, 1936 ad in Hollywood Reporter refers to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's upcoming feature as In the Money. Modern sources state that You'd Be Surprised was another working title. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, director James Horne worked on the film's script. Although Stanley "Tiny" Sandford is listed by Hollywood Reporter production charts as being in the cast, modern sources note that he was replaced in the role of the sheriff by Stanley Fields. M-G-M publicity sheets for the picture state that the river into which "Ollie" falls was man-made just above Sherwood Lake, about forty miles from Los Angeles. The film's music score, written by Marvin Hatley, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music Scoring. According to a August 11, 1939 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Hal Roach, M-G-M and Loews, Inc. were sued by Isabella Knotter, who claimed that Way Out West and Swiss Miss, were plagiarized from her book So zwei pechvogel. The outcome of the case has not been determined. Modern sources provide the following information about the production: Chill Wills, who was a member of The Avalon Boys, supplied the bass voice-over for Laurel during the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" number, while actress Rosina Lawrence provided the soprano voice. The role of Mary Roberts was originally slated for Jacqueline Wells. Arthur Vernon Jones worked on the script, and Jack Dawn did the makeup. Modern sources also add the following actors to the cast: James Mason (Anxious patron); Harry Bernard (Man eating at bar); May Wallace (Cook); Jack Hill (Saloon worker); Sam Lufkin (Baggage man); Fred Toones (Janitor); Bobby Dunn, John Ince, Fritzi Brunette, Frank Montgomery, Bill Wolfe, Denver Dixon, Fred Cady Eddie Borden, Helen Holmes, Ben Corbett and Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Members of raucous audience), Cy Slocum (Member of raucous audience/Oliver Hardy's double), Lester Dorr (Cowboy extra); and Ham Kinsey (Stan Laurel's double). During the March 1992 Academy Awards telecast, in a salute to the 100th birthday of Hal Roach, a clip from the "At the Ball, That's All" dance number was shown, and through special effects, comedian Billy Crystal was seen dancing with Laurel and Hardy. For additional information on Laurel and Hardy's career together, please see entry above for Pardon Us.