An Oliver Hardy jacket from Zenobia
Hal Roach, 1939. Dark gray-brown wool long coat with dark brown velvet lapels (possibly later), black velvet cuffs, one button closure. Bearing a red-lettered Western Costume Co. Hollywood label inscribed in black ink, "23194 #3 / Babe Hardy." Accompanied by a copy of the film.
Zenobia was one of Hardy's few starring roles without Stan Laurel. At the time, Laurel was engaged in a contract dispute with Hal Roach and rather than waste Hardy's talents while resolving that dispute, the producer cast him in Zenobia. Hardy plays Henry Tibbett, a country doctor who inadvertently wins the affections of the title character, a circus elephant passing through his town. Hardy wears this coat for the better part of the film, including while treating the elephant and later facing the animal's owner in court after Tibbett is sued for alienating the elephant's affections. Zenobia also features Billie Burke and Hattie McDaniel, both of whom would appear that same year in their most famous films, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind, respectively.