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TOSDV Silent Film Festival: Laurel & Hardy Shorts

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The comedy portion will be delivered in collaboration with both the Philadelphia and Downingtown Chapters of the Sons of Desert, the official fan club of Laurel & Hardy film enthusiasts.  Four Laurel & Hardy silent short films (listed below) will be featured, including “Two Tars” accompanied by Wayne Zimmerman.  Wayne has been accompanying silent films for decades, often at The Colonial and also at other venues in the region and in surrounding states.


The Organist, Wayne Zimmerman played many of the suburban Philly theatres which had organs, including the Sedgwick.  TOSDV now owns the Sedgwick Moller organ and has it installed in the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA.   He has played many of the TOSDV chapter’s electronic instruments when silent films were presented. The Abington Penn State campus was his location for many years.   More recently his playing styles have been featured in many of the regional retirement and nursing facilities.  I’ve never been disappointed with a Wayne Zimmerman Sr film accompaniment.

This program benefits the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV) Theatre Organ Restoration Fund. For additional information visit; email



Adults: $15
Children: $5
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Two Tars (1921, 21 minutes) – Stanley and Oliver, two sailors on shore leave, rent a car and go driving with dates but get stuck in a traffic jam. A minor fender-bender starts an escalating series of retaliations that leaves the vehicles in pieces.

The Second Hundred Years (1927, 20 minutes) – Two hapless jailbirds tunnel into the warden’s office.

Slipping Wives (1927, 23 minutes) – Neglected by her husband, our heroine decides to make him jealous by getting the handyman to play a literary genius at a party and flirt with her.

From Soup to Nuts (1928, 20 minutes) – Inexperienced waiters (Laurel & Hardy) are hired for a swank dinner party.


  • Genre Comedy
  • Director Various
  • Released Various
  • Runtime 2 hrs
  • Rated NR
  • Studio Various
  • CountryUnited States


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