Beautifully shot in 35-mm, THE HARDLY BOYS IN HARDLY GOLD is a high-comedy action adventure written and directed by artist William Wegman, starring his well-known Weimaraners, Fay Ray, ...
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Beautifully shot in 35-mm, THE HARDLY BOYS IN HARDLY GOLD is a high-comedy action adventure written and directed by artist William Wegman, starring his well-known Weimaraners, Fay Ray, Battina, Crooky and Chundo. The Hardly family spends its summers at the Hardly Inn in Maine, where the Hardly Boys play tennis, croquet, badminton, and hunt butterflies. Following in their mothers footsteps, the Boys have also become avid amateur detectives. To honor the Hardly Boys timely detective work last summer, Chips Aunt Gladiola invites them to lunch, but after a canoe trip across the lake to Aunt Gladiolas, the Boys find themselves in the midst of a mysterious and evil plot masterminded by the Nurse and the Caretaker. Wheres Aunt Gladiola, what is happening at her garnet mine, and why is the towns water supply threatened? Join the Hardly Boys in solving this most puzzling mystery . . .
Hardly Gold is a subtle masterpiece of affectionate satire, compelling photography, and strikingly original humor. I was repulsed by Ducky-24's comments; Hardly Gold is neither childlike nor confusing. (If you are confused by something as artfully and concisely crafted as this movie, lock yourself in a closet and don't bother anybody.) I am sorry to be so confrontational, but I'm afraid my strong feelings about this classic piece of cinema easily warrant a fiery response to the rather careless and uninformed words of Ducky-24.
New York photographer William Wegman made this film from the heart, using his beloved dogs as actors in a perfectly composed spoof of the early Hardy Boys mysteries. The dogs in question are the Weimaraners Wegman made famous by dressing them up in human clothing and photographing them in human situations. You may have seen them recently in a series of Honda commercials as well. Anyway, the pups deliver in this movie. They'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, they will make you love this short film. And if you're a fan of great cinematography--and I kid you not--this is a prime specimen.
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