Laurel and Hardy's Comic Catastrophes: Laughter and Darkness by Michael Bliss

By Michael Bliss

One of America’s such a lot loved comedian duos, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have entertained generations of audience with their distinctive, heartwarming model of slapstick comedy. The pair’s teamwork and friendship set their movies aside, softening either pratfalls and hardships, and incomes them a adored position in cinema background. From their first joint on-screen visual appeal in 1921’s The fortunate puppy through their paintings on the Hal Roach studios, their comedian signature remained specific. yet what made the flicks of Laurel and Hardy so enduring?

In Laurel and Hardy’s comedian Catastrophes: Laughter and Darkness within the beneficial properties and brief Films, Michael Bliss illustrates why those movies proceed to make audiences snicker. Combining an appreciation for the excitement that those motion pictures elicit with a serious exam of what made them paintings, Bliss first investigates the milieu within which the pair’s comedy happens. the writer then explores Stan and Ollie’s friendship and their troubled—and troubling—relationships with ladies. The booklet additionally encompasses a unique dialogue of Stan Laurel’s method of gag constitution, whereas the rest of the publication makes a speciality of some of the pair’s silent and sound movies, akin to Duck Soup, Pack Up Your Troubles, Chickens Come Home, and The song Box.

By delving into the pair’s films—including numerous ignored brief films—in larger element than any past paintings, this quantity presents readers with a basic knowing of Stan and Ollie’s common allure. that includes an intensive filmography, Laurel and Hardy’s comedian Catastrophes will interact a large viewers, from movie students to lovers of humor everywhere.

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