Best laurel and hardy books

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LAUREL and HARDY Books - by A.J Marriot

Louvish has written a biography of Laurel and Hardy that brims with affection and still preserves an honest, unbiased view of their creativity and personal traumas. He presents a fully rounded, well-paced portrait of their contrasting backgrounds Laurel was born in England; Hardy in Georgia , early separate careers and eventual union in a Hal Roach production, 45 Minutes from Hollywood , in Roach claimed to have discovered them before reluctantly conceding partial credit to Leo McCarey, who directed many of the duo's best movies. After appearances in five undistinguished pictures, their careers soared with such classics as Duck Soup not to be confused with the Marx Brothers version and The Second Hundred Years. The two saw themselves as working actors who happened to hit on an incredible streak of good luck. However, their off-camera lives were anything but lucky, and Louvish, in his chapter "Multiple Whoopee or Wives and Woes," poignantly chronicles each man's domestic catastrophes, with particularly painful emphasis on Hardy's marriage to his alcoholic second wife, Myrtle Lee. Laurel, after four disastrous unions, finally found happiness with Russian opera singer Ida Kitaeva Raphael.
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Laurel and Hardy have always had a special place in the affections of British comedians, and not just because Laurel is from the Cumbrian town of Ulverston home to the charmingly idiosyncratic Laurel and Hardy Museum. He was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson but changed his name because he thought a shorter one would get a bigger slot on billboards, choosing the new surname after seeing a drawing of a Roman general, Scipio, wearing a laurel wreath. After a long spell in separate acting careers, they made more than short and full-length films together, many of which were shown regularly on the BBC in the s and s.

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John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series of detective novels, has never been afraid to experiment outside his first genre. This is not without difficulties. This is a book about love: love of women, love of men, love of art, love of comedy. It is harder to suspend disbelief when Stan Laurel is not an imaginary character. When those researched concrete details coalesce, a world of Dickens-like detail leaps off the page. Here Connolly writes about his struggles to free himself of Mae, his early common-law wife who stands in the way of his success. Woman are a very important part of He, and Connolly does not look away from this seamier side of Hollywood.

Mark Mason. You mess with Laurel and Hardy at your peril. Their fan base is essentially the entire world. Samuel Beckett adored them: many think they inspired Waiting For Godot. Screenwriter Jeff Pope and director Jon S. That behind the famous on-screen chemistry there was an Abbott and Costello-style loathing?

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Reilly as Oliver Hardy. Hard lessons learned. When given a choice, Oscar wants the real thing. But in weighting it that way, it sells Ollie a little short. It opens in the Hardy home, a post-party morning-after disaster, littered with half-finished fifths, dirty dishes, still-smoldering ashtrays, tipped-over furniture, and a hat tossed up on the chandelier. And then we get an Oliver Hardy monologue.

Famed critic Kenneth Tynan thought they influenced Samuel Beckett. Among other prominent fans were Winston Churchill and John F. The late President once sent Stan Laurel an autographed photograph; Laurel hadn't asked for it, it "just came in the mail one day. There are others. In fact, famous or not, Laurel and Hardy fans are legion. At last count, there are some chapters of the Sons of the Desert all around the world, with many members in each chapter. This detailed account of how the beloved comedy team made their many classic films is also an impressive page, 8.

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