Car movie of the Day: ‘Hog Wild’

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Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.


In the years before its modernization, one of the exhibits in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles was a smushed 1922 Ford Model T from the 1930 Laurel and Hardy movie, Hog Wild.

The movie runs a mere 19 1/2 minutes and in the last 3 1/2 minutes features a madcap drive in the Model T Touring with Oliver Hardy perched atop a ladder mounted in the car’s back seat. It ends… well, the movie runs just 19 1/2 minutes so you can click on the video above and see for yourself. Or perhaps you remember from visits to the Petersen.

You can see the crumpled Model T for yourself at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. | Larry Edsall photo
You can see the crumpled Model T for yourself at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. | Larry Edsall photo

We included Hog Wild in our favorite car films as a representative of the early years of cars in Hollywood. We just as well could have offered up one of the Keystone Cops adventures.

But Hog Wild is presented in this series to remind you of the days when movies were shot in black and white, when actors pretty much did their own stunts and when those stunts were real. No computer-aided graphics back in the days of yore.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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