Yesterday was Oliver Hardy’s birthday (it would’ve been his 118th). And the only way I can work Ollie into this blog — while actually sticking to its theme — is via The Fighting Kentuckian (1949).
This Republic picture has one of the greatest casts I can think of: John Wayne, Oliver Hardy and Marie Windsor. How do you add to that? By stirring in Grant Withers and Hank Worden. (Sorry about the sub-standard photo — it was the only one I could track down with the three of them in it.)
They say Hardy was hesitant to take the part when Wayne offered it. Stan Laurel convinced him to do it. Incidentally, Wayne and Hardy had worked together before, in a benefit stage version of What Price Glory?, directed by John Ford.