LAUREL and HARDY AUTHOR IN DUNOON VISIT

Written by on 06/07/2012

WILLIE McINTYRE IN BOOKPOINT

Willie McIntyre legendry Author and Editor of Laurel and Hardy books and Fanzines  joined us in  the Argyll Street Studios this lunch time to chat to Sarah prior  to a book signing session at  Bookpoint also in Dunoon’s Argyll Street. Many who tuned in to listen to the man who knows all the stories and  went  along to Bookpoint and say hello to the man himself……………………………………………………………..

WILLIE IN THE STUDIO

Laurel and Hardy were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema.

The  thin Englishman Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and fat American Oliver Hardy (1892–1957),   were well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy.

They made over 100 films together, initially  short films before expanding into feature length films in the 1930s.

Their films include Sons of the Desert (1933), the Academy Award winning short film The Music Box(1932), Babes in Toyland (1934), and Way Out West (1937).

Hardy’s catchphrase “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” is still widely recognized……………..

AND YOUR NAME SIR?

The films of Laurel and Hardy have been re-released in numerous theatrical reissues, television revivals, feature-film compilations, and home videos and dvd’s since the 1930s.

They were voted the seventh greatest comedy act in a 2005 UK poll by fellow comedians.

The duo’s signature tune, known variously as “The Cuckoo Song”, “Ku-Ku”, or “The Dance of the Cuckoos”, played on the opening credits of their films.

The official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society is known as The Sons of the Desert, after a fraternal society in their film of the same name and is active all over the world including here in Scotland .

WILLIE WITH DAVE

The films of Laurel and Hardy have been re-released in numerous theatrical reissues, television revivals, feature-film compilations, and home videos and dvd’s since the 1930s.

They were voted the seventh greatest comedy act in a 2005 UK poll by fellow comedians.

The duo’s signature tune, known variously as “The Cuckoo Song”, “Ku-Ku”, or “The Dance of the Cuckoos”, played on the opening credits of their films.

The official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society is known as The Sons of the Desert, after a fraternal society in their film of the same name and is active all over the world including here in Scotland .

The famous Panopticon on the Trongate in Glasgow where Stan Laurel made his theatrical debut is one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets –find out more here http://www.britanniapanopticon.org/

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