Sherbourne Shields


The subject of this filmography is largely a mystery. In Rob Stone's list, he's referred to as 'Shourds,' but in Stone's Laurel Or Hardy book, it's clear that Sherbourne Shields is the actual name, and that the other spelling is probably an approximation of some Roach employee's messy handwriting. Stone got his information from available daily production sheets of the Roach studio. Shields may very well have been employed at Roach prior to and after the years indicated below, so this filmography should not be thought of as complete. His involvement with Our Gang can be verified only to the extent of "Love My Dog" (no. 59), but it's possible that he handled props for several other episodes.


1923

Our earliest reference to Shields is from the latter part of this year, when he appears to have become a regular propman with the Stan Laurel series. This situation seems to have lasted until the end of the year.


1924

Shields' filmography becomes sparse during this year, perhaps an indication of his involvement in some of the less researched Roach series.

Smithy (co-props)
Jan. 20. 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-6 - Stan Laurel series
Filmed Oct. 11 to 20, 1923. ©Jan. 9, 1924. UK title: The Home Wrecker.
Postage Due (co-props)
Feb. 17, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-8 - Stan Laurel series
Filmed Nov. 5 to 14, 1923. ©Jan. 26, 1924.
Zeb Vs. Paprika (co-props)
Mar. 16, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-7 - Stan Laurel series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Oct. 23 to Nov. 5, 1923. According to his book, filming continued until the 6th. ©Jan. 26, 1924.
Brothers Under The Chin (co-props)
Apr. 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-9 - Stan Laurel series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Nov. 19 to 28, and Dec. 3, 1923. In his book, he revises it to Nov. 15 to Dec. 3, 1923. ©Apr. 18, 1924.
Near Dublin (co-props)
May 11, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-5 - Stan Laurel series
Filmed Sep. 26 to Oct. 9, 1923, with added scenes Dec. 16 to 17, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.
Rupert Of Hee Haw (co-props)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for June 24, 1924. Filmed Dec. 20 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to 12, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Wide Open Spaces (co-props)
July 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-10 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for July 16, 1924. Filmed Dec. 5 to 15, 1923. ©June 30, 1924. Previewed as Wild Bill Hiccough.

1925

Shields managed to get at least one writing credit during this year, and also began to serve as assistant director, in addition to continuing in the property department.

Wild Papa (co-props)
May 17, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. F-24 - The Spat Family series
Filmed Jan. 27, and Feb. 2 to 12, 1925. ©May 4, 1925.
Should Sailors Marry? (props)
Nov. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-2 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Apr. 27 to May 8, 1925, with retakes June 2 to 8, 1925. Rob Stone's list also states that retakes started on June 6, but his Laurel Or Hardy book says the 2nd. ©Dec. 30, 1925.
Starvation Blues (co-writer)
Dec. 13, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-5 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Sep. 14 to 29, 1925. ©Dec. 30, 1925.

1926

Dizzy Daddies (co-assistant director)
Mar. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-7 - All Star series
Filmed Nov. 5 to 19, 1925. ©Feb. 6, 1926.
Wife Tamers (co-assistant director)
Mar. 28, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-8 - Clyde Cook series
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Dec. 2 to 10, 1925 with added scenes Jan. 4 and 6, 1926. In his book, he revises it to Dec. 2 to 9, 1925, without mentioning added scenes. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Also features Lionel Barrymore.
Madame Mystery (co-assistant director)
Apr. 18, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with Theda Bara
According to Rob Stone's list, this was filmed Dec. 1 to 24, 1925, but according to his book, filming began on the 10th. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Foreign version released in 5 reels.
Don Key (Son Of Burro) (co-assistant director/co-props)
May 23, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-1 - All Star series with Max Davidson
Filmed Mar. 2 to 19, 1925, with retakes Sep. 21 to Oct. 5, and Dec. 28 to 30, 1925. ©Mar. 15, 1926. Originally prod. F-25 and meant to feature Frank Butler.
He Forgot To Remember (assistant director)
June 6, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-1 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Mar. 27 to Apr. 19, 1925, with retakes May 25 to 29, 1925, and Jan. 28 to 29, 1926. ©May 26, 1926.
The Cow's Kimono (co-assistant director)
June 20, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-7 - Glenn Tryon series
Filmed Mar. 2 to 19, 1926, with added scenes Apr. 5 and 18, 1926. ©July 26, 1926. Shields worked on this film on April 5th.
Never Too Old (assistant director)
June 27, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-9 - All Star series with Claude Gillingwater.
Filmed Jan. 11 to 27, 1926. ©Apr. 28, 1926.
The Merry Widower (co-assistant director)
Aug. 1, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-10 - All Star series with Ethel Clayton
Filmed Feb. 19 to Mar. 9, 1926. ©July 26, 1926. Originally written as prod. C-9 with Clyde Cook in the lead, but as of Feb. 18th, it became an All Star comedy.
Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (assistant director)
Oct. 3, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-12 - All Star series
Filmed May 14 to June 2, 1926, with added scenes June 7, 1926. ©Sep. 17, 1926.
Get 'Em Young (co-assistant director/co-props)
Oct. 31, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-13 - All Star series with Harry Myers
Filmed June 19 to July 2, and Aug. 5, 1926. ©Oct. 26, 1926. At least one source credits Roach as co-director.
Raggedy Rose (assistant director)
Nov. 7, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. S-11 - Mabel Normand series
Filmed Mar. 15 to Apr. 2, 1926, with retakes Apr. 15 to 17, 1926. Originally production C-9. ©Oct. 26, 1926. Previewed as a 4-reeler, and released in five reels for foreign markets.
On The Front Page (co-props)
Nov. 28, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-15 - All Star series with Lillian Rich
Filmed Aug. 23 to Sep. 4, 1926. ©Oct. 26 and Nov. 11, 1926. Also featuring Tyler Brooke.

1927

The last Shields credit available is in reference to his only known Our Gang film, "Love My Dog," which finished filming in January of this year.

Should Men Walk Home? (co-props)
Feb. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 3 reels - prod. H-15 - All Star series with Mabel Normand and Creighton Hale
Also listed as a two reeler, and also listed for Jan. 30, 1927. Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 11, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927.
Why Girls Say No (co-props)
Feb. 20, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. S-16 - All Star series with Marjorie Daw
Filmed Sep. 9 to 21, 1926, with retakes Sep. 25, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927. Also featuring Max Davidson.
59. Love My Dog (co-props)
Apr. 10, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-17 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Apr. 17, 1927. Filmed Dec. 21, 1926, to Jan. 4, 1927. ©Apr. 11, 1927.
Jewish Prudence (co-props)
May 8, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-16 - Max Davidson series
Also listed as a 3 reel All Star film. Filmed Dec. 9 to 17, 1926. ©Apr. 11, 1927.

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