GenreComedy, Short ScreenplayLeo McCarey, H. M. Walker
English intertitles WriterLeo McCarey, H.M. Walker Release dateOctober 8, 1927 (1927-10-08) CastStan Laurel (Little Goofy), Oliver Hardy (Big Goofy), Charlie Hall (Convict), James Finlayson (Gov. Browne Van Dyke), Tiny Sandford (Prison Guard (as Stanley Sandford)), Dorothy Coburn (Flapper (uncredited)) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Paperman, Feast, El nudista, The Artist, Presto
The Second Hundred Years (a.k.a. The Second 100 Years) is a 1927 American silent comedy short film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy prior to their official billing as the duo Laurel and Hardy. The team appeared in a total of 107 films between 1921 and 1951.
Two convicts dig a tunnel to escape from prison, but end up in the warden's office, after making a detour around a burst water pipe. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out through the front gates. They later climb into a limousine carrying two visiting French police chiefs, steal their suits and throw the two men out of the car. The two convicts, now disguised as dignitaries, are then driven back to the prison to have dinner with the warden. Later, while visiting the cells, they are recognized and marched back to their own cell.
Stan Laurel - Little Goofy
Oliver Hardy - Big Goofy
Charlie Hall - Convict
Jimmy Finlayson - Gov. Browne Van Dyke
Otto Fries - Lecoque
Rosemary Theby - Dinner Guest
Ellinor Van der Veer - Countess de Cognac
Dorothy Coburn - Flapper
Tiny Sandford - Guard
William Gillespie - Extra
Frank Brownlee - Prison Warden
Edgar Dearing - Officer
Charles A. Bachman - Officer
Bob O'Conor - Voitrex
Eugene Pallette - Dinner Guest
The Sons of the Desert
Chapters — called Tents — of The Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, all take their names from L&H films; there is a The Second Hundred Years Tent on Long Island, New York.