Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Laurel & Hardy
Hardy . According to patfullerton.com, they say, "Another fine mess" is probably the phrase most closely associated with Stan and Ollie, but it's also one of the most inaccurate quotes in film history. Oliver Hardy never uttered the lines, "Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into," in any film. He did, however, say many times: "Here's another NICE mess you've gotten me into." Thanks to gtho4 for pointing this out to me.
65. Hardy was born in the year 1892 and passed away in 1957.
Tin Man. It was released in 1925 and Oliver's frequent on-screen partner (before Hardy), Larry Semon, played as the Scarecrow.
A Lucky Dog . In this 1921 film, Laurel plays a man accused of dog-napping and Hardy plays a masked bandit who at one time confronts Laurel's character. www.imdb.com has the title as 'A Lucky Dog' whereas the actual movie poster, shows 'The Lucky Dog'.
The Music Box. Although 'Tit for Tat' was nominated in the same category (Best Short Subject), it was 1932's 'The Music Box' that landed them an Oscar.
World War II. The legendary Groucho Marx was their roommate.
7. Oliver was married three times. First to Madelyn Sadoshin (1913-1920); she was a pianist whom he met when he was in Jacksonville, then to Myrtle Lee Reeve (1925-1937) and to Virginia Lucille Jones (1940-1957).
Stan was married 5 times but one woman he married twice; Lois Nelson (1926-193444), Virginia Ruth Rogers (1934-1936), Vera Ivanova Shuvalova (1938-1939), Virginia Ruth Rogers, again, (1941-1946) and his last wife was Ida Kitaeva (1946-1965).
England. Stan was originally from Ulverston, Cumbria, England and Oliver was from Harlem, Georgia.
Hardy . Oliver Hardy was born on January 18th, 1892 and Stan Laurel was born on June 16th, 1890.
1965. Stan Laurel died on February 23th 1965 following a heart attack. Stan's final resting place is in Burbank at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
1957. Oliver Hardy died August 7th, 1957 following a major stroke which left him seriously debilitated in the months before his death. Oliver's ashes were interred in the Masonic section of the Garden of Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.
Way Out West. Stan and Ollie have been entrusted to deliver the inherited deed of a goldmine to Mary Roberts. She is currently working for unscrupulous inn-keeper and his wife. When Stan unwittingly tells all to the inn-keeper, a plot is hatched and the inn-keeper presents his wife as Mary. The boys hand over the deed and prepare to leave. They then meet the real Mary Roberts on leaving and go back to retrieve the deed. Unfortunately they have already annoyed the local sheriff and he orders them out of town. They sneak back later to grab the deed and rescue Mary. Two of the funniest parts of this film are the boys dancing to "At The Ball, That's All", and Stan "singing" the song "Trail of the Lonesome Pine", first in a deep voice and, after Ollie hits him on the head, in a woman's voice!
Thicker Than Water. Ollie has marital problems which are not helped when he and Stan accidentally spend all the Hardy's money on a grandfather clock, which gets destroyed. With their landlord eager for rent, things don't look good and Ollie's reunion with his wife sends him to the hospital. Things are bad and a blood transfusion is needed from Stan. The blood gets all mixed up, however, and they end up with each other's characteristics.
Beau Hunks. Ollie's love affair goes bad so he and Stan join the Foreign Legion to forget. On discovering that the girl wasn't worth all this heartache, (Most of the other Legionnaires are there to forget the same girl!) they announce their decision to resign.The Commandant does not take this well, but they redeem themselves by defending the fort from attacking Arabs.
Laughing Gravy. Stan & Ollie hide their dog, Laughing Gravy, from their landlord. He becomes suspicious, and tries to catch them off guard, with hilarious results! In this film, we see a true test of Stan's frendship with Ollie. Stan receives a letter saying he will come into a substanial inheritance, provided he cuts all ties with Ollie. He tries to hide the letter from Ollie, but ends up showing it to him. Stan decides to refuse the inheritance instead of losing Ollie's friendship. (Where in the world would they get a name like "Laughing Gravy" for a dog?)
a jigsaw puzzle. One of the funniest films! They get wrapped up in working the puzzle, while the bride and the rest of the wedding party are wondering where the groom and the best man are! Even the taxi driver and the police get involved in the puzzle! (The police are there to tell the taxi driver that he's illegally parked!)
Saps at Sea. While working at a horn factory, Ollie develops 'hornophobia', where the sound of horns brings him into a violent rage. Recommended by the doctor to take a sea trip, the boys prefer to hire a boat and spend time on it safely tethered to the harbor. Unfortunately, an escaped convict hides on board and sets it loose. Commanded by the escapee to make him dinner, they find they have no food and do the best with what household items are available. (A string mop for spaghetti, tobacco for meatballs, red paint for sauce and shaved soap for cheese!) The convict is wise to this, however, and makes them eat it.
A Chump at Oxford. Having unwittingly foiled a bank robbery, the boys are offered any reward they want. They choose an education at Oxford University. After the usual pranks of being given the Dean's room and getting lost in the maze, Stan receives a blow to the head which makes him take on the role of Lord Paddington, a thoroughly English genius. Ollie is
engaged as his servant, much to his displeasure. (Stan is very aggravating, and insults poor Ollie to no end!) Ollie eventually rebels, leading to another blow on the head for Stan, who reverts to his normal behavior.
Sons of the Desert. Stan and Ollie want to go their convention but Mrs. Hardy won't let Ollie go. Stan has more luck with his wife, but Ollie needed a plan. He pretends to be ill, and Stan arranges for a doctor to come around and recommend a trip to Honolulu. All goes to plan and Ollie's wife swallows the story from Stan's hired veterinarian that Ollie must go away. ("Why did you get a veterinarian?" Ollie asks. "Well I didn't think his religion would make any difference." Stan replies). The boys go to California and enjoy their convention. Meanwhile, the return ship from Honolulu sinks. The wives anxiously wait for news, ill with worry. They go to a movie theater to try and take their minds of it and see news footage of the convention, with Stan and Ollie featured waving happily at the camera, never realizing that the wives will see the film. A classic line from Stan is "we ship-hiked our way home!" This is my favorite film!
For illegal brewing of alcohol. Their first full feature film. Stan has a bad tooth that causes him to blow raspberries, but it helps him to befriend the toughest inmate in the prison! (Played by Walter Long). This is one funny movie! Ollie's rendition of "Lazy Moon" is enjoyable.
Twice Two. This film is hilarious! Stan is married to Ollie's sister, and Ollie is married to Stan's! The voice dubbed over for Stan's sister is a scream! Their double anniversary dinner ends up in a fight between the girls and total disaster!
Brats. Stan & Ollie Juniors are constantly getting into trouble. (Just like their dads!)
Blotto. Stan & Ollie want a night on the town. Stan lies to his wife about having to attend an important meeting, but she listens in on telephone and overhears their plans, including Stan's plan to sneak a bottle of liquor out of the house. His wife dumps the liquor and replaces it with cold tea. At the nightclub, the boys drink the whole bottle and think that they're drunk! They get into a laughing fit, until Stan sees his wife, shotgun in hand, sitting at the table behind them. She ends up chasing them down the street with the shotgun after shooting at the cab they tried to escape in.
None, he refused to perform again. When Oliver died Stan became deeply depressed and swore never to do comedy again. In the eight years between Oliver's death and his own, he turned down many offers to appear in public.
Atoll K. In this film Laurel and Hardy headed for a newly inherited island. They were shipwrecked and marooned on an Atoll which had just emerged from the sea. During the filming of "Atoll K" (1951) Stan Laurel was seriously ill and Oliver Hardy had a minor heart problem.
James "Jimmy" Finlayson. James Henderson "Jimmy" Finlayson was born in Scotland in 1887. His trademark moustache was actually a fake.
Golf. Among Oliver's golfing buddies were Bing Crosby and Chico Marx. He also loved horse racing, and had a stable of many race horses.
5. His wives were Lois Neilson, Virginia Ruth Rogers (whom he married twice), Vera Ivanova Shuvalova, and Ida Kitaeva.
Way Out West. "Way Out West" (1937) was directed by James W. Horne and produced by Stan Laurel. It included the famous song "On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine", which was sung by Laurel and Hardy.
Hal Roach. Hal Roach was born on January 14, 1892 in New York. He died at age 100 at his home in California.