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January 14, 2019





Stan Laurel parodies Rudolph Valentino in Monsieur Don't Care

Sunday, September 14, 1924, on a full page of advertising the trade paper The Film Daily announces "the triumphal return to the screen of Rhubard Vaselino in "Monsieur Don't Care" with Stan Laurel, a comedy of Stan Laurel, produced by Joe Rock for Standard Cinema Corporation, distributed by Selznig Distributing Corporation ".

Stan Laurel is an English actor. He is a member of Fred Karno's troupe, of which Charlie Chaplin is the star. During a tour of America, Stan Laurel decides to stay and settle in California. Work a little for cinema in these comedies Universal.
In 1924, Stan Laurel signed with Joe Rock, a Hollywood producer, a series of two films. Two-reel comedies. Monsieur Don't Care is the third in the series, directed by Scott Pembrocke and Joe Rock with Melba Brownrigg.

It is a parody of Monsieur Beaucaire, the Paramount super production which marked the return to the screen of the superstar Rudoph Valentino who has not shot since 1922 and Young Rajah. The film is an adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel, directed by Sidney Olcott. A story that takes place in the eighteenth century at the court of Louis XV, King of France. Cast is important. Besides Valentino, there are Bebe Daniels, Lois Wilson, Doris Kenyon, Lowell Sherman, Paulette Duval ... Olcott has sumptuous sets.

Like Monsieur Beaucaire, Monsieur Don't Care is forced to leave France for England where he becomes a barber. YouTube offers some clips from the movie: 2:05 of the 7 that survive only. This is an Italian copy. We see a Stan Laurel that can be easily recognized under a wig but with that dazed look that belongs only to him. He multiplies the blunders as he will with Oliver Hardy. The gag: in the eighteenth century, a taxi arises instead of a coach. This is reminiscent of Max Linder's The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922), a ludicrous adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers.

Stan Laurel is a parody specialist. In Wild Bill Hiccough, a two-reel of the studio Hal Roach for Pathé (1924), he caricatures the role of William S. Hart, the star of the western, in Wild Bill Hickock, released in November 18, 1923.

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