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by Danny Lawrence
The Making of Laurel and Hardy is the remarkable factual story of how Stan and Oliver’s wonderful comic partnership was born. It begins with their long individual careers, and then examines the extraordinary catalogue of events which transformed them into what was to become the most loved and successful comic partnership of all time.
Before the filming of Duck Soup in 1926, Stan and Oliver had occasionally been on screen together, but only whilst pursuing entirely separate careers. Oliver’s film career began in 1914, aged 22, and was virtually unbroken although he moved between studios. Stan’s professional debut was not in a film studio but on the stage in 1907, aged 16. His first appearance in a film did not follow until 1917. Between then and 1926, his time on film sets was sporadic. He may have starred in most of his early films but, afterwards, had to return to the gruelling life of vaudeville touring, often giving four performances a day, six days a week. He eventually came close to giving up acting altogether. By 1926, even after over 20 years collective experience making films, both men were only moderately successful performers. Moreover, until they arrived on the set of Duck Soup, they had never before been cast as a partnership. Yet that single modest film, created in a two-week period, was to be The Making of Laurel and Hardy.
It was Stan who wrote the screenplay for this pivotal silent film. It was not based on new material. On the contrary, the plot and characters came from the sketch, Home from the Honeymoon, which his father Arthur Jefferson had written for the theatre over 20 years earlier. It was not an obvious choice for a silent film because it was full of clever dialogue. Yet, thanks to Arthur Jefferson’s sketch, Stan’s writing, his and Oliver’s comic talents and the natural empathy between them, they were soon on their way to becoming international stars.
No copy of the original film is currently available, but versions are in circulation created from subsequent releases which are incomplete or have different subtitles. The variations between them, in terms of visual content and subtitles, are analysed in detail.
For those of you who like detailed specifications, the book is 308 pages long, in a 9x6 inch format, contains 93,000 words and 97 images, and is now on sale through Amazon for $21.95 in the USA and £16.95 in the UK. It will be available at a comparable price at other Amazon stores around the world.
Danny Lawrence is also the author of The Making of Stan Laurel. Echoes of a British Boyhood and Arthur Jefferson. Man of the Theatre and Father of Stan Laurel both are still readily available via Amazon.
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DVD and Blu-ray (Region 1 - Canada, the United States and U.S. territories.)
STAN AND OLLIE LOOK AND SOUND BETTER THAN EVER!
New 2K and 4K digital restorations from original 35mm nitrate, Laurel and Hardy's classic comedies are here in the best quality since their first release! Two features and 17 shorts, including the legendary pie-fight silent film The Battle of the Century, making its video debut and nearly complete for the first time in over 90 years!
Restorations by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat in conjunction with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress. Using careful photochemical and digital techniques, these classic films are restored to pristine condition. In these stunning new transfers, they look and sound as beautiful as they did when they were first released.
Sons of the Desert , Way Out West
Berth Marks , The Battle of the Century (with new music track by Donald Sosin and virtually complete and restored) , Brats , Busy Bodies , The Chimp, Come Clean, County Hospital, Helpmates, Hog Wild, Me and My Pal, Midnight Patrol, The Music Box, One Good Turn, Scram!, Their First Mistake, Towed in a Hole, Twice Two
Laurel and Hardy off-camera pictures from Hardy's collection, That's That (restored/first time on video), Tree in a Test Tube (restored from 16mm Kodachrome), Ships Reporter Oliver Hardy Interview (restored), alternate soundtracks, huge collection of rare photos, stills, posters, scripts and studio files , commentaries by Randy Skretvedt and Richard W. Bann, never before seen video interviews as well as audio interviews with Laurel and Hardy co-workers, restored trailers and more, English subtitles
Youtube video from Jeffsabu
Help us build a tribute in bronze to Laurel and Hardy. The life size statue will be placed at the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem, Georgia, this is the perfect place for the Statue as it is Oliver’s birthplace and home town.
The life size statue will be cast in bronze and sculpted based on a famous photo of The Boys.
During the 30th annual Oliver Hardy Festival we met with the Mayor of Harlem and City Manager and received approval for placing the Statue in Harlem. This was officially announced at the opening of the festival.
The life size bronze sculpture will cost $91,500. We need your help to raise the funds.
With the help of the Sons of the Desert and friends we can make this happen. With your donations we will have a statue of Laurel and Hardy in the United States, the other Laurel and Hardy Statue is in front of Coronation Hall in Ulverston England.
For further information please visit www.laurelandhardystatue.us
Laurel and Hardy co-star Jacqueline White (1943's "Air Raid Wardens") recently celebrated her 98th birthday. Two new photos of her were provided by renowned Way Out West Tent member Bob Satterfield. One of the photos appears on the back cover of the new issue of the Intra Tent Journal and editor Bill Oates kindly made both photos available to us. Our thanks to Bob and Bill.
I along with Steve Wichrowski, Jr, conducted an audio interview with Miss White in 2009. We were prepared to rush through a long list of questions but Miss White gave us more time than we expected resulting in an extensive and fascinating interview.
Hear her recollections of working with the Boys in 1943 and of seeing them film a famous scene from a 1933 movie, along with her memorable experiences working in numerous films during the 1940s and 50s.