Ever wanted to see Orson Welles jam with Laurel & Hardy? The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has your back!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I usually put a quote in the headline, but since this is a rather unique picture I went in a different direction today. The below photo features Orson Welles playing around with Laurel and Hardy on the Fox lot circa 1943 while Welles was shooting Jane Eyre and the comedic duo were filming Jitterbugs.
So, you see the conundrum now, yes? Is this a Jitterbugs BTS pic or a Jane Eyre BTS pic? Both? Neither? Does… not… compute!!! What does compute is how fucking rad-sauce this picture is. I want this album.
Thanks to Michael Giacchino (yes, that Michael Giacchino) and Dave Martina for sending this one in and to this tumblr for sharing it.
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of all the geek joints in all towns in all the world, tomorrow’s pic walks into mine.
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March 14, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST
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March 14, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST
A local TV station ran Laurel and Hardy compilation shows when I was in college (couple of decades ago). Just wonderful stuff, wish they were easier to find today.
March 14, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST
that you can barely see to the right?
March 14, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST
Clara Net bwahahahahaha!
March 14, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST
When worlds collide...!
March 14, 2012, 11 a.m. CST
L & H as a couple of zoot-suited fools and OW, when he could have given Clark Gable a run for his money. Can't you easily seeing that smirking, melancholy face of Welles, looking straight at Scarlett and coldly saying, "Frankly, I don't give a damn about you. You know those tiny little people you see from the top of a ferris wheel, the people you've always exploited ? Well, nobody cares if they die, and, as god is my witness, nobody will care when you do, too."...? And then that spoiled bitch O'Hara flinging her bitchy ass in the river and drowning herself once and for all, instead of that "I WILL go on!" bullshit she shoveled onto the audience? Yeah, "Gone With The Wind" would have ended better if they'd done it that way. It should be considered the best-made Bad Movie of all time.
March 14, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST
by Buck Turgidson
March 14, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
March 14, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST
the guy on the right, cut out of the shot, playing the clarinet is gary busey. i was there.
March 14, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
by Flames gotta Eat
It's uncanny in that pic. Let's have a real Welles biopic with Shannon starring. First Zod then Welles. EPIC.
March 14, 2012, noon CST
Thanks for this! This is probably my favorite BTS picture ever!
March 14, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST
by The Shropshire Slasher
for best pic so far. Awesome.
March 14, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST
Here's another fine band you've gotten me in to.
March 14, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST
Jitterbugs was made after Laurel and Hardy moved to MGM from Hal Roach Studios, and subsequently turned out garbage (There is not one good L&H movie made by MGM). Having said that, this pic is great.
March 14, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST
I think so Brain, but won't Stan & Ollie spontaneously combust if in the same area as Orson??
March 14, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST
<p>And the guy playing the claranet that you can't see?</p> <p>You guessed it.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Frank Stallone </p>
March 14, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
Was one of their better Fox Films. Welles must have been a fan of The Boys, and this photo almost makes up for their stint at that studio. Whatever next? Peter Cushing and Stan and Ollie sharing a smoke?
March 14, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
When comedy was funny
March 14, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST
CHAPLIN had one, the Stooges are about to have their moment... come on Hollywood, or do you have more board-games to adapt first?
March 14, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST
March 14, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST
And I'll go down on you
March 14, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST
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March 14, 2012, 3 p.m. CST
GREAT pic. Thanks for that!
March 14, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST
Funniest Comedy Partnership ever --fact
March 14, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST
One of the best bts pics so far.
March 14, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
March 14, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST
I don't usually comment on the BTSPOTD but can't resist. I read this column religiously - and just got blessed. Thanks!
March 14, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST
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March 14, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST
by some dude
... but my favorite still to this day is the incredibly long shot of the entire interior of the drum part of the spaceship from 2001 with Kubrick standing at the bottom.
March 14, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST
I'm serious, watch it.
March 14, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
Thanks Michael Giacchino, and thank you for your score for "Super 8" (wish you had of gotten more props for that one, sir - at least, my ears applaud you).
March 14, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
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March 14, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST
"the Magnificent Ambersons" upon first viewing was a dismal failure in my eyes, but years later, the shot of them motoring under that ancient backlit oak, a foreboding of things to come, well... Wow. I got it then.
March 14, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
No film quite like it - even if "Charlton Heston plays a Mexican." It qualifies as one of the few fully imbued films in existence. Its director, his passions, his reasons for the filming of it, the ideas that inspired it, they make it expand and become fully realized. Even with my mind on "the Lady From Shangai" and "The Trial," Welles never got the idea of a place being a dream landscape quite as well as he did with "Touch of Evil." (Though Tony Perkins dragging that gigantic steamertrunk across the dusty terrain of "The Trial," its post-industrial fringe-city wasteland setting, all in the hopes of getting lucky, that comes pretty close to perfect dream imagery.) Pretty amazeing to actually is that "Touch of Evil" even got made. When the critics wrote of "The Night of the Hunter" that it was "the rawest film [they'd] ever seen," I can imagine the same expression of shock, horror, and discomfort applying to "Touch of Evil."
March 14, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST
I thought I would never see. Welles and Laural and Hardy? What's next? DeNiro and Cheech and Chong?
March 14, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST
Imagine how clean and pleasant the westside of L.A. (the area where the photo was taken) must have been at that time --
-- compared to recent years. Of course it was not like that by far, but interesting to think about.
March 15, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST
Oh, yeah, QUINT is why I check this site!
March 15, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST
Wonder what they were playing…
March 15, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST
by vee dagama
When i was like 6 or 7, every wednesdayafternoon i was sat with my best friend in the whole wide world back then, my granddad, watching Stan & Ollie getting into all kinds of fine messes. Thinking of sitting next to him, his big arm around me, fills me with such melancholic joy that i have trouble keeping my eyes dry. Those guys made us laugh out loud , before LOL was invented, but i never felt so happy in my life as back then. Seeing them here with my later movie hero OW, well, that's just unbelievable. So, yeah, Quint, with some very simple things like this, you do make a lot of people happy. Thank you for that. Sincerely.
March 15, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST
I never felt the need to comment on BTSPOD before this...but this demands it. AWESOME JOB, Quint! You are the only one on this site that DOES have our backs!
March 15, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST
First: that pic, could be the best one yet. Just so much harmonic convergence of awesome, and Michael Giacchinno woven into the story too? Just great. Second: @ osamathedeadterrorist: thank you for that wonderful, evocative memory. Made me cry a little and want to rush home and hug my kids.
March 15, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST
by foree forehead
3 of my favorites together. love welles's "F For Fake" (eh banksy, eh??) and l & h's "laughing gravy"
March 15, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
how fucking awesome is that?
March 15, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
thanx mr Giacchinno.
March 15, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST
Great picture and it could be one of the few on here that I have not seen before. Great Job!
March 15, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST
March 15, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST
Best pic you've ever run here, Quint!
March 15, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST
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