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Written by on 17/06/2012


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……………..

Outside The Coronation Hall Ulverston Cumbria

Outside The Coronation Hall Ulverston Cumbria

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 Bowler Dessert is the informative  uk appreciation societies official fan based magazine which recently published  their Spring 2012 edition  their 75th publication.

Willie McIntyre is the Editor of Bowler Dessert  and author of several book about the twosome, he shall be joining us in the On Air Studio in Dunoon’s Argyll street on Thursday around mid day to chat with Sarah.

He shall also be visiting Book Point  also in Argyll Street at around 1.00pm were visitors to the shop can chat with him and  have books signed

Young or old if you are a Laurel and Hardy Fan put on your bowler hat and listen in and if you are listening in locally then as that other famous catchphrase say “Come On Down”