Laurel & Hardy: The Pocket Essential Guide

February 23, 2021
Laurel & Hardy: The Pocket Essential Guide

Who are Laurel and Hardy? Only the most recognisable comedy teamthat cinema has ever produced. British-born Stan Laurel andAmerican Oliver Hardy were teamed up at the struggling Hal Roachstudios in the 1920s and embarked on a series of hilarious shortsilent films. They soon established a classic screen partnershipand became instantly recognisable comic icons in their crumpledsuits and bowler hats.Laurel and Hardy were the most successful of all the film comicswho made the difficult transition from silent shorts to sound andthen to feature films, enjoying unparalleled success from the 1920sthrough to the 1950s, when they undertook a series of triumphanttours of Britain. Regular and repeated screenings of their workthrough the 1970s and 1980s on television brought shorts like theOscar-winning classic The Music Box to new generations, while inrecent years the entire rarely-seen back catalogue of silent Laureland Hardy films has become available to film buffs, comedy fans andcollectors on a series of DVD releases.Everyone knows and lovesLaurel and Hardy, and their everlasting appeal to new generationsof fans shows no sign of ending, over 80 years on from their firstwork together.As well as an introductory essay and biographies of both StanLaurel and Oliver Hardy, the book covers each Laurel and Hardyshort film, the move from silent movies to the sound classics ofthe 1930s and the feature films of the 1930s and 1940s, completewith information on the inspiration for each film and the reactionof critics and audiences. Not only that, but there's a handyreference section listing other books about Laurel and Hardy,interesting web sites and availability of their 106 films. In fact,the Laurel and Hardy Pocket Essential is the one-stop celebrationof the films and lives of Stan and Ollie.