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Stan and Ollie : The Roots of Comedy

(2001)
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy both passed away almost 40 years ago, yet their films still have the power to reduce audiences old and new to helpless laughter. There has been no comprehensive account of their lives and work, until now. The roots of their comic greatness lay in nineteenth-century variety theatre. Lancashire-born Stan Laurel was steeped in the traditions of the music hall, and found himself touring the USA in the 1910s as Charlie Chaplin's understudy. American Oliver Hardy had established himself as a 'fat funny man' by the time he and Laurel were first paired in 1927. Laurel inspired Hardy to forge their famous double act, in which Laurel played the eternal comic fool, Hardy his temperamental master. Both men were devoted to their professional partnership, which outlasted multiple marriages. Stan and Ollie completes Louvish's trilogy of definitive biographies of the great clowns of screen comedy, following his books on W. C. Fields and the Marx Brothers.



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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-312-26651-0 / 978-0-312-26651-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-571-20352-3 / 978-0-571-20352-9 (UK edition)
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February 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-312-32598-3 / 978-0-312-32598-5 (USA edition)
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots Of Comedy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 0-571-21590-4 / 978-0-571-21590-4 (UK edition)
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September 2002 : Paperback
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Title: [(Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy )] [Author: Simon Louvish] [Sep-2002]
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September 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 1-5159-3489-6 / 978-1-5159-3489-9 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
ISBN: 1-63015-321-4 / 978-1-63015-321-2 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2005 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Author(s): Simon Louvish
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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