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Stan And Ollie The Roots Of Comedy

Author : Simon Louvish
ISBN : 9781466827226
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have remained, from 1927 to the present day, the screen's most famous and popular comedy double act, celebrated by legions of fans. But despite many books about their films and individual lives, there has never been a fully researched, definitive narrative biography of the duo, from birth to death. Louvish traces the early lives of Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Hardy and the surrounding minstrel and variety theatre, which influenced all of their later work. Louvish examines the rarely seen solo films of both our heroes, prior to their serendipitous pairing in 1927, in the long-lost short "Duck Soup." The inspired casting teamed them until their last days. Both often married, they found balancing their personal and professional lives a nearly impossible feat. Between 1927 and 1938, they were able to successfully bridge the gap between silent and sound films, which tripped up most of their prominent colleagues. Their Hal Roach and MGM films were brilliant, but their move in 1941, to Twentieth Century Fox proved disastrous, with the nine films made there ranking as some of the most embarrassing moments of cinematic history. In spite of this, Laurel and Hardy survived as exemplars of lasting genius, and their influence is seen to this day. The clowns were elusive behind their masks, but now Simon Louvish can finally reveal their full and complex humanity, and their passionate devotion to their art. In Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy, Louvish has seamlessly woven tireless and thorough research into an authoritative biography of these two important and influential Hollywood pioneers.
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Stan And Ollie From Soup To Nuts Laurel And Hardy Meet The Pink Panther And Other Escapades

Author : Jordan Young
ISBN : 1794581936
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In "Stan and Ollie From Soup to Nuts: Laurel & Hardy Meet the Pink Panther and other escapades," film and show business historian Jordan R. Young gathers together a group of unique pieces about his favorite comedy team, offering revealing anecdotes and little known facts about the duo. The author, who served as editor for the first edition of Randy Skretvedt's acclaimed "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies," as well as research associate, has written about the team since the 1970s.When Young interviewed Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini for The New York Times about "The Pink Panther" films, he discovered to his delight all three were Laurel and Hardy fans, and happy to talk about them as a source of inspiration. The comedians often came to his rescue as a filmmaker, noted Edwards. "If there's a moment where I need a physically humorous perspective, I seem to revert to Stan and Ollie. And that seems to save me." The director also discussed the influence of Leo McCarey, who teamed Laurel and Hardy at Hal Roach Studios in the 1920s.In "They Played the Pantages," George Burns shares memories of Stan and Mae Laurel's vaudeville days. The iconic comedy team of Burns and Allen was still waiting in the wings when George and his partner Billy Lorraine found themselves appearing on the same bill with Stan and Mae. "The Laurels seemed to be fighting day and night. And with the thin-walled dressing rooms on the Pantages circuit, they could easily be heard all over the theater," he recalled.In "Directing Laurel & Hardy," George Marshall offers vivid reminiscences about working with the team, whom he directed in "Pack Up Your Troubles," and two short subjects. "Babe Hardy was the fidgety kind, he'd come in, he'd listen, he'd see the pattern of what you were doing and during that time you were talking he'd suddenly come up with some very good gag...and he'd say, 'Well, I'll see you all later,' and he'd be gone, off to the golf course." Marshall is apparently the only director to discuss working with the beloved comedy team in an in-depth interview, conducted by Young in 1974; this section also includes an overview of Marshall's lengthy career.In "Laurel & Hardy Meet Samuel Beckett," the author asserts "Waiting for Godot" would have provided a fine vehicle for Stan and Ollie. After all, the avant-garde play--the most widely analyzed and discussed of the 20th century--was largely inspired by the popular comedy team, or so it seems. Estragon's attempts to pull off a boot in the play's opening scene recall Hardy's belabored efforts to do likewise in "Be Big," while the tramps' talk of suicide suggests L&H's attempts in "The Flying Deuces." Literary scholars have been digging for the roots of "Godot" for more than 60 years. The intersection where Stan and Ollie met the esteemed playwright, figuratively if not literally, is as good a spot to dig as any. What happens when Laurel and Hardy's long-lost 1927 short subject, "Hats Off," the Holy Grail of comedy aficionados around the world, is discovered in a Cuban film archive? "Hats Off to Pordenone" follows an international group of real-world film scholars and historians in a fictitious adventure as they gather at an annual silent movie festival in Pordenone, Italy, for an eagerly anticipated screening of the film (the blueprint for the team's Oscar-winning short, "The Music Box") and attempt to avert certain disaster when a major problem arises.Jordan R. Young is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. His books include Spike Jones Off the Record: The Man Who Murdered Music, Reel Characters: Great Movie Character Actors, and The Laugh Crafters: Comedy Writing In Radio & TV's Golden Age. He has written special material for the Grammy Awards and acted as a consultant for BBC Radio.

The Final Film Of Laurel And Hardy

Author : Norbert Aping
ISBN : 9780786451746
Genre : Performing Arts
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The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy’s ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film’s 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film’s production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film’s script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film’s many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography.
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The Art Of Laurel And Hardy

Author : Kyp Harness
ISBN : 9781476608419
Genre : Performing Arts
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From the early days of film came Laurel and Hardy, a comedy team that created slapstick hilarity from life’s simplest situations. Some seventy years after their heyday, Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Norvell “Babe” Hardy are still remembered for the comic chaos they created in film shorts. They gave us something to laugh at by reminding us of our own foibles, in a way that was genuine and unpretentious. The lanky Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and portly Ollie Hardy (1892–1957) had but one objective: to create as many laughs as would fit in one short film. And that, they did. The book begins by exploring their comedy in the early days of film. A chapter is dedicated to each of “the boys”—Laurel from Ulverston, England, and Hardy from the state of Georgia—as a person and performer. Further chapters explore the slapstick and gags of Laurel and Hardy and how the pair survived the transition to sound that left behind many actors of the day. It was only when they began to work for large studios, churning out cookie-cutter scripts, that their art began to lose its way. The book takes the reader through the ups and downs of their careers and to a final comeback. A filmography lists works from 1917 to 1951 with information on availability.
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Laurel And Hardy

Author : Bruce Crowther
ISBN : UOM:39015029919365
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Laurel And Hardy Legacy

Author : Barry Brophy
ISBN : 1911121170
Genre : Performing Arts
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Based on a series of exclusive interviews with some of the top comic actors and writers of the last 30 years, this book looks at the immense comic legacy of Laurel and Hardy.
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Laurel Hardy

Author : Wes D. Gehring
ISBN : 031325172X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book presents a combined biographical, critical, and bibliographical estimate of Laurel and Hardy's significance in film comedy, the arts in general, and as popular culture icons. The book features biographical information on the public and privates lives of Laurel and Hardy, a critique of four broad influences of Laurel and Hardy, and a bibliographical essay, assessing key reference materials and locating research collections open to the student and/or scholar.
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The Boys

Author : Scott Allen Nollen
ISBN : UOM:39015015308334
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Stan Without Ollie

Author : Ted Okuda
ISBN : 9780786489879
Genre : Performing Arts
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Long before his momentous teaming with Oliver Hardy, comedian Stan Laurel (1890–1965) was a motion picture star in his own right. From his film debut in Nuts in May (1917) through his final solo starring effort Should Tall Men Marry? (1928), Laurel headlined dozens of short comedies for a variety of producers and production companies, often playing characters far removed from the meek, dimwitted “Stanley” persona that we know and love. This is a film-by-film look at the pictures Stan made as a solo artist, as well as those he wrote and directed for other stars, shows his development as a movie comedian and filmmaker. Comedy legend Jerry Lewis, a longtime friend and admirer of Stan Laurel, provides an affectionate and eloquent foreword. Included are several rare photographs and production stills.
Category: Performing Arts