Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies

Randy Skretvedt, Author, Steve Allen, Designed by Moonstone Press $9.94 (462p) ISBN 978-0-940410-77-0
Skretvedt, coauthor of a biography of Steve Martin and host of a Los Angeles radio show, Forward into the Past, has uncovered a wealth of fascinating information about the lives and careers of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Setting out to tell how the pair ""actually made their films,'' the author spent seven years researching and interviewing some 60 friends and associates of the comedy team, and discovered a collection of original scripts with many scenes that were never filmed. His narrative combines biography with filmography and presents memorable, amusing anecdotes, over 200 illustrations (many previously unpublished) and a meticulous analysis of the scripts, including comparisons of scripted scenes with the finished films. Besides providing a revealing look at Laurel and Hardy, this lengthy, illuminating study offers unusual insights into the complex art of creating comedy. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 462 pages - 978-0-940410-78-7
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