Laurel and Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Book review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Editorial review of Babe: the Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: the Life of Oliver HardyBuy from Amazon.com In this affectionate biography, John McCabe traces the life and times of one of America’s best-loved comics. Oliver “Babe” Hardy had been destined for a legal career, but he was obsessed with the motion picture industry and eventually moved to Hollywood. By the mid-1920s, he was working as an all-purpose comic at the legendary Hal Roach studio. Laurel and Hardy’s partnership with the pioneer filmmaker and producer began in 1926. Within a year of their first appearance, they were being touted as the new comedy duo. (more…)

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Stan Laurel holds Academy Awards Oscar presented to him for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy on July 11, 1961. (AP Photo/Don Brinn)

Stan Laurel’s Eulogy




[Editor’s note: this is Stan Laurel’s eulogy, given by Dick Van Dyke at Stan’s funeral]

Thirty years ago, when the latest Laurel and Hardy movie played in my hometown in Illinois, I attended the Saturday matinees. That is to say, from about eleven A.M. to maybe nine or ten P.M.—or whenever my mother and father came to drag me home. (more…)

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James Finlayson in Pardon Us

James Finlayson biography

James Finlayson – August 27, 1887 – October 9, 1953




James Finlayson, best known for his recurring roles in various Laurel and Hardy films as their foil, was born James Henderson Finlayson on August 27, 1887, in Larbert, Scotland, to his parents Alexander and Isabella.   (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy – great comedy film duo, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy.  Stan and Ollie.  Skinny and Fatty.  In Italy, they are known as Stallio and Ollio.  In Germany, they are known as Dick und Doof (“€Fatty”€ and “€Stupid”€ ).  Whatever they are called, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are two of the best-known clowns in film history. (more…)

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Oliver Hardy in prison garb in "Pardon Us"

Oliver Hardy biography – Laurel and Hardy – another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!

Oliver Hardy Biography (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957)

Oliver Hardy’s Early Years

On January 18, 1892, Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem, Georgia. It wasn’t until many years later that he adopted his father’s name, Oliver, as his own.  A tribute to the father that he never knew. (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Biography of Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy – I’m sorry, Ollie!

Biography of Arthur Stanley Jefferson, aka Stan Laurel (June 16, 1890 – February 23, 1965)

Stan Laurel, the tall, thin, “dumb” half of the team of Laurel and Hardy, is an interesting individual in his own right. Stan Laurel was of the pioneers of motion picture comedies. Stan and his partner Oliver Hardy were two of the rare individuals who made the successful transition from silent movies to talking pictures. But he is much more than that. For instance, few people are aware that he had a successful film career before teaming with “Ollie,” or that he produced, directed, wrote and edited much of the work that “The Boys” created. In many ways, his life parallels that of another film comedy great, Charlie Chaplin. Did you know that, unlike the southern Ollie, Stan was English? And did you know he was Chaplin’s understudy on the stage in their home country of England? (more…)

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