Sunday, March 07, 2010

Stan Laurel And Oliver Hardy Interviews

I hope to, in scouring YouTube and Daily Motion, find a few interviews with my favorite comedians of the silent and early sound era. Here are some excerpts from Arthur Friedman's August 1957 interview with Stan Laurel.

The complete interview has been posted on Ross Owens' Blog. Lots more interesting material on the world's greatest comedy team can be found on Laurel And Hardy Forum.

The following 1950 "Ship's Reporter" program is among the rare interviews with Oliver Hardy. Ralph Edwards' unsuccessful attempt to build a "This Is Your Life" show around Stan and Babe, unfortunately, was an utterly flubbed opportunity for a fun and historic interview with the boys.

Alas, many of the great screen comics and comedy creators of the 20's and 30's - Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, Charley Chase, Lloyd Hamilton - lived hard and not only died very young, but many years before the concept of film history was even a glimmer in James Agee's mind.

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