THE COMEDY WORLD OF STAN LAUREL by John & Jim Perry McCabe

THE COMEDY WORLD OF STAN LAUREL

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Ne Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, Laurel began his career as an English music hall performer before enjoying moderate two-reeler success as a young vaudevillian and pantomimist in the States. Teamed with Oliver (Babe) Hardy in 1926 by Leo McCarey at Hal Roach Studios, the thin half and ""more fully creative member of that partnership"" abandoned his still warm director's chair to act and also devise many of those classic L&H gags. McCabe, the author of Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy and his subject's literary executor, was privy to not only personal interviews and recollections in the form of homage, but also some quintessentially hilarious sketches Laurel wrote for the couple's stage tours abroad. Still, Laurel, ""a man who existed almost solely for laughter,"" will no doubt live longest via his re-runs.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1974
Publisher: Doubleday