26 February 2006

Stars of stage and screen # 6 : Laurel and Hardy

Reverse reads:

A series of 48, no. 9

This famous partnership started in 1927. Laurel had been playing in two-reel comedies and Hardy had been a vaudeville star for some years. Their first talkie "Jailbirds" made their name as inimitable comedians, and they have since worked together in many successes. These include "Fra Diavolo" (in which also starred Thelma Todd, another M-G-M star in this series, No. 4) "Fraternally Yours," "The Private Life of Oliver the Eighth" and "Hollywood Party".
Park Drive Cigarettes, Gallaher Ltd. Virginia House. London and Belfast.

Some links:
The Laurel and Hardy Museum in Stan Laurel's home town of Ulverston, Cumbria. A small but perfectly formed museum were the staff are very welcoming. I visited about 10 years ago and found it to be a real treat. I remember looking at the correspondance Stan kept with fans and being reminded of an old TV documentary that showed Stan welcoming fans at his Hollywood home into the 1960's. Link.
The very modest house in which Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston can be seen on this fans website. Link.
Wikipedia entry, link.
It always suprised me how Laurel and Hardy were called different things around the world. Link.

1 comment:

Sean Larrangton-White said...

Great commentary. Unlike some other great double acts, eg Abbott and Costello; Martin & Lewis (until their big spat); the two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise, they had no friendship off screen and had nothing to do with eachother offstage. However, after Hardy's death, Laurel was affected deeply and continued to write scripts as if Hardy was still alive.