Zenobia (film)

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Theatrical Poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced byHal Roach
Written byCorey Ford
StarringOliver Hardy
Harry Langdon
Billie Burke
Alice Brady
Hattie McDaniel
Music byMarvin Hatley
CinematographyKarl Struss
Norbert Brodine
Edited byBert Jordan
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • April 21, 1939 (1939-04-21)
Running time
73 min.
65 min (colour cut edition)
CountryUnited States

Zenobia (also known as Elephants Never Forget (UK) and It's Spring Again) is a 1939 comedy film starring Oliver Hardy, Harry Langdon, Billie Burke, Alice Brady, James Ellison, Jean Parker, June Lang, Stepin Fetchit and Hattie McDaniel. The source of the film was the 1891 short story Zenobia's Infidelity by H.C. Bunner and was originally purchased by producer Hal Roach as a vehicle for Roland Young[1]


It is one of the few films after the teaming of Laurel and Hardy that features Hardy without Stan Laurel,[2] the result of a contract dispute between Laurel and producer Hal Roach, who maintained separate contracts for each performer, rather than a team contract, which would have offered them more control over their careers. Zenobia was Roach's attempt to create a new comedic pair without Laurel, and a series of films with Hardy and Langdon was planned. The dispute was short-lived, however, and Laurel and Hardy were reunited shortly thereafter.[3]

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