The Pest (with Stan Laurel) (1922)
Stan Laurel was in films for a decade as actor and director before teaming with Oliver Hardy in 1927; until then, Laurel was a comedian without a character, but with a mastery of rapid-fire gags. THE PEST was produced and directed in 1922 by G.M. Anderson, a film pioneer since 1903, who as "Broncho Billy" from 1909-1916 was the first important star of westerns, which he also directed.This 35mm print was acquired by exchange from one of the great "keepers of the frame," The Museum of Modern Art in New York, which began collecting films in the mid-1930s. In the end, collectors and museums do the same work - they collect, preserve, and share films to keep them alive. Music by Frederick Hodges.