February, 28th 2009
GREAT to see the 'Official Website' up and running again. On Behalf of all The Sapssssssssss (At Sea) in Southend, 'Welcome Back'.
Roger Robinson (Southend, England)
February, 27th 2009
Anyone know the routine of Laurel asking Hardy what time it is and Hardy looks at his watch, which is on the top of his wrist and pours his drink in his lap. Then Hardy asks Laurel what time is it to get Laurel to pour his drink in his lap and it backfires because Laurel wears his watch under his wrist and ends up pouring his drink on Hardy's lap as well?
Jerry (USA / Kansas)
February, 25th 2009
In the summer of 2009, a selection of Laurel and Hardy feature length and short films will be shown on Channel 4 as part of their "Laurel and Hardy Afternoon". This will include a new documentary.
Ross Owen (Scotland)
February, 24th 2009
Hello! My Mother is a distant relative of Stan Laurel, so we're told. She was born near Ulverston and brought up just outside of Sunderland.
February, 23rd 2009
On this day in 1965 the world lost who i feel is the funniest person ever to live. Stan Laurel. The man was a pure genius, and will always be remebered as one half of the greatest comedy duo ever, alongside his pal Oliver Hardy. Both Stan and Ollies films are still shown to this day, which is a true testiment to their talent. God bless you Stan.
Lee Bottomley (England)
It is wonderful to see this great site up and running again. I espeically look forward to more of Richard Bann's always interesting essays.
You say that you are in the process of restoring the Laurel and Hardy foreign versions, and mention the Italian, French and Spanish sound tracks. Does this mean that all the foreign versions from the 1930's has now been found, or is it more recent dubbings of other actors voices on the soundtrack?
February, 20th 2009
I have just fallen in love AGAIN, with the worlds greatest comic pair that have ever and will ever walk this earth.
Alan (Dublin, Ireland)
February, 18th 2009
I have a limited edition signed print by Gregory of Laurel and Hardy. I think it is a pencil drawing with Laurel and Hardy dressed, I think, as choir boys and in the middle of them is a vicar or minister? Don't know anything about it or Laurel and Hardy. Can someone give me some info please as I would like to sell this item. Many thanks
Helen (Boscombe, Bournemouth)
I once saw Stan destroy a travel trailer while preparing a meal (I think it was breakfast). It was the funniest scene I have ever seen. I don't know the name of the film...can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.
Alex (Blackpool, England)
February, 17th 2009
Hi I have a plaster of paris colour mould of laurel and hardy, its approx 2.5ft wide and approx 2ft in height it really is quite unique can anyone suggest where I could sell the cast
HI... I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT THE NAME OF THE BACKGROUND MUSIC USED IN A LOT OF THE L&H SHORTS. ONE TUNE WAS USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. ALSO ANY IDEA WHERE I CAN GET A COPY OF IT.
Alex (Blackpool, England)
February, 16th 2009
How great to see the website back 'online'!
Having collected most of the 2004 UK DVD releases (congratulation on the superb restoration work), I would be very interested to know if there are plans for missing titles such as "Bonnie Scotland" or "The Devil's Brother" to be released? Or are the rights to these films held separately?
Also I think many L&H fans, including myself, would be interested to know if Charley Chase's sound shorts are being considered for a release? These are too good to be kept hidden forever.
February, 15th 2009
does anybody no the film were they put a tv aerial up and end up recking the house thanks steve (uk)
That would be Hog Wild Steve.
February, 13th 2009
It's wonderful to see this website up and running again! I stumbled upon it while looking for information regarding DVD releases of Laurel & Hardy material for home viewing. I noticed, however, that for about 4 years or so, nothing changed. I checked back periodically to see if anything new had happened, and imagine my surprise today when I checked?!
I was originally a Three Stooges fan as a child, but I did like L & H and "Our Gang" as well. This came through my father and grandfather's influence. When I got older, and realized just how much the Stooges repeated the same old tired jokes and finger pokes, I remembered Laurel & Hardy; and with the help of the American Movie Classics channel, which would show L & H shorts btween films on Saturday mornings, I was able to view and eventually tape record 4 of their all-time classic shorts. It was a few years after that, with the help of my new computer, that I discovered your wonderful site. My friends have helped me as much as possible with my desire to see all things Laurel & Hardy, but I still haven't seen more than about a dozen shorts and only about 4 or 5 of their feature length movies.
The thing that I love the best about L & H is, I think, the way that Hardy brings the veiwer into the L & H world; and he does this with those little sideways glances at the camera. He always seems to be asking, "Can you believe this?" or "What next?".
I have never laughed at the 3 Stooges or other comedy duos the way I laugh at Laurel & Hardy. And while I have seen some modern movies with raunchy humor that I laughed at harder upon initial viewing, the L & H films keep me laughing at a consistent level whereas those modern raunchy movies lose their shock-value humor with successive viewings. Laurel & Hardy are timeless.
What the world needs now is for all of the available shorts and features to be realeased...whether they are restored or not. The message must be put out there...the 3 stooges were funny, but Laurel & Hardy are much funnier. And they always will be.
Good Luck with your site!
Joel K. (USA)
February, 12th 2009
Hi im just trying to find out about a silent short called Panghaied that Laurel & Hardy had made eary in the 1920's. It's set in Doldrums saloon. thank's David. (Melbourne, Australia)
I noticed in the list of shorts that there is no mention of a feature called "CHIMNEY SWEEPS" which I have on tape. Has anyone else seen this one ? Its very funny
February, 11th 2009
Dear friends I' m an Italian fan of Our Stan & Babe. I read in Your beautiful website there is a process of restoring the Laurel and Hardy foreign versions. "In 2008 the Italian, French and Spanish sound tracks were digitally cleaned and synced to the preserved Library of Congress material. The restored Italian versions are now available on DVD, distributed by Universal". This is the Problem: the restored Italian versions to be preserved in some cases are incomplete: A Chump At Oxford loose few parts in the bank scene where the director thanks Stan and Babe and many others parts in the same movie, Saps At Sea loose the final sequence, Our Relations also,few dialogues slower or faster in shorts and in films. This is because people involved in the restoration takes the audio from colorized versions or incomplete. But It is possible to found complete dialogue I have this! The others italian fans also! It is also possible to contact Sons Of The Desert in Italy (Noi Siamo Le Colonne) people that loves Laurel & Hardy and expects the definitive good versions! Sorry for my english and for my complaints but I don't want to watch Laurel and Hardy the following years incomplete or different from the original purpose. I say It is possible to make an italian decent version we have the material! Thanks
The L&H Team
February, 10th 2009
I have been a huge Laurel and Hardy fan all my life. I remember my grandfather taking me to Vendrome in LA and telling me those were the steps Laurel and Hardy moved the piano down!!! I was mesmerized man ... Those steps are SO in graved in my mind now ... The greatest comedy team of all time bar none.
I just wish I could get all those shorts and films on DVD to share with my children now ...
It's hard to show people how talented Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy were not being able to show the actual footage you know??
But it is indelibly ingraved in my mind forever and I am SO thankful I was there to see them perform and they are forever in my heart and in my mind.
And it's not just the comedy, but the spirit and generosity and simplicity and just plain joy of life that lives on ...
Jeff Henninger (USA)
could you tell me the name of one of their films.
thank you very nicerly
arthur Metcalfe (Bradford bd10 9bp yorkshire)
andy booth (halifax)
February, 9th 2009
I'm trying to find the name of the film that the boys did a cameo comedy bit in. As I remember it, They were at a bar, with a spanish lady, and they get into a Egg fight of sorts, she makes the boys break an egg in their hands ,and in there hats. and the boys get back at her. eventually having her break an egg when she sits down on the bar stool...can anyone help with the name of the film.
The boys do the same 'egg' routine during their cameo role in a film called Hollywood Party (1934).
February, 8th 2009
my kids love watching laurel and hardy they think they great and they only 10 .13 . 16 and they been watching them for a few years they got every dvd
DAVID GARFOOT (england)
Hi everyone. I have come accross an 8MM film made by Carnival Films. "House for Rent"
One would assume this a re-titled version of Another Fine Mess.
I can confirm that this is a brief scene from "Another Fine Mess!"
The scene where Stan (Dressed in Ed Dunn's Butler's uniform tries to get rid of "Lord Plumtree" (Charlie Gerrard) and his wife "Lady Pamela Plumtree" (Thelma Todd, but after seeing the cop outside the door he reluctantly continues the charade and calls for "Col.Buckshot". Ollie, who is on the stairwell of the manorhouse, hears Stan's call and runs upstairs. Again, Stan calls him and forced to continue this charade..Ollie tells "Hives" (Stan) to show the guests to the solarium (meaning the sunroom. Stan does his slow confused take and then taking his lordship's top hat,cane and gloves takes them into the parlour, only to slip on a rug and fall right onto "Lord Plumtree's" high hat squashing it into a crushed top hat. "Lord Plumtree" gives Stan a annoyed glare and Stan tries to hide the damaged headpiece.
Ross Owen (Scotland)
February, 7th 2009
Brilliant site, well done.
I have a Laurel and Hardy garden knome. They are sitting on a bench. It is weathered as has been used. Does it have a value please. It is abbout 8" high and 10" long. I think its made of stone.
Bless your hearts for this web site! Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were the funniest comedians ever! I have a collection of some of their films on video tape with hoe footage narrated by Lois Laurel. No matter how many times I have watched those films I always laugh until I cry. Both men were sheer genius' when it came to comedy and no one will ever be able to replace them. Truley the greatest! And as Stan said in one film, "you can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead"!
Rosie (United States)
February, 5th 2009
my dad past away leaving wot is beleived to be the largest collection in the south of england it will be auctioned at chiswick auction rooms in march i have a photo site you mite like to show your members its at photobucket under martin els2 i hope tou enjoy thanx martin
martin (plymouth england)
collection is now in the safe hands of chiswick auctions uk
Congratulations, great site, enjoyable and interesting to browse.
Since it's a new, or I'd better say refurbished, site with a new structure, it might be a good idea for those folks who are using links into the middle of the old site's contents to check those links and update them as appropriate, even though this new site covers the most frequently used ones anyway.
I found links to this site in Arabia, China, Georgia (Europe/Asia), Japan, just to name a few, and even other rather distant places in the galaxy. There are fans all over the world.
Many thanks for this beautiful site, lots of luck and success
February, 4th 2009
It`s phantastic to hear that the foreign versions are in the process of restoring and will be released in 2009.
2009 is really a "Laurel & Hardy"-year!!
Congratulations on your very beautiful site dedicated to Stan and Babe, it is with great pleasure that I have noticed that has taken over the task. I hope the future more and more full of satisfaction for all of us fans of Laurel & Hardy.
It is great to see this site back in action, I can't wait to see what is in store for us all.
February, 3rd 2009
Welcome back. I've just spent an enjoyable hour looking through the site and it's just great. Looking forward to more fascinating facts and findings. 2009 is getting better every day !!
PS.Thanks for the Blockheads download
please can anybody tell me the name of the film in which i think it is stan who gets tortured on a stretch bed and they both walk out at the end and stan is about 7feet tall. i have all the box sets but have not come across this film.
Steve, you're thinking of "The Bohemian Girl"
May I be one of the first to welcome the official site back. It's an absolute delight to see this wonderful website back in action. Thank you.