From Soup to Nuts (1928)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Release Date - Mar 24, 1928 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 18 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Mr. and Mrs. Culpepper (Tiny Sanford and Anita Garvin, respectively) are a nouveau-riche couple who are throwing a fancy dinner party. Unfortunately for them, the waiters they have hired for the evening are Laurel and Hardy. The subsequent gags run from typical (Ollie destroys a cake) to the hilariously literal (when Stan is ordered to serve the salad undressed, he obliges and has only his long underwear on when he brings out the greens). This two-reeler offers one of Anita Garvin's finest moments in her Laurel and Hardy film career -- she has a long-running battle trying to nab a maraschino cherry while keeping her tiara out of her eyes. Director E. Livingston Kennedy is better known as Edgar Kennedy, the actor who most often played cops in the Laurel and Hardy films. This is one of only two films he directed for the boys; the other one was You're Darn Tootin'. Many of the situations in From Soup to Nuts were repeated at the start of 1940's A Chump at Oxford.



dinner-party, nouveau-riche, waiter