Boys: The Cinematic World of Laurel and Hardy

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The Boys provides new ways to view and evaluate the work of this famous comedy team. The initial chapter summarizes the critical reception of the two and compares Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to other contemporary comedians. Brief biographies analyze their early solo films and the development of the team. Special attention is given to the team's cinematic and comic style, use of camera techniques, early sound practice, and gag development. The comics' complex relationship is ...

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Overview

The Boys provides new ways to view and evaluate the work of this famous comedy team. The initial chapter summarizes the critical reception of the two and compares Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to other contemporary comedians. Brief biographies analyze their early solo films and the development of the team. Special attention is given to the team's cinematic and comic style, use of camera techniques, early sound practice, and gag development. The comics' complex relationship is detailed and analyzed.

A complete filmography, including a rating and an indication of contents, covers each film. The team's final film, Atoll K (1951), is discussed in depth. Throughout the text quotes from such persons as Laurel and Hardy themselves, Buster Keaton, George Stevens, Dick Van Dyke, and Woody Allen enlighten and entertain. Great stills and posters.

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Editorial Reviews

Variety
Insightful and entertaining reading...useful.
Choice
Recommended.
Big Reel
A very good job of surveying their themes and cinematic techniques.
Film Review Annual
A very enjoyable feast of nostalgic recollection...consists of an excellently detailed annotated filmography.
Classic Images
An easily and readable fashion.
Communication Booknotes
Provides new ways to view and evaluate the comic filmmaking of this famous duo.
Booknews
Reprint of a 1989 work summarizing critical reception and analyzing early solo films and the development of the team, with attention to style, relationship to each other, camera techniques, and gag development. Includes an annotated filmography. The author is or was, when the book was first published an audiovisual archivist with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411153
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2001
  • Edition description: ALTERNATE
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface xi
I. Why Take Laurel and Hardy Seriously? 1
II. Stan Laurel 9
III. Oliver Hardy 15
IV. Cinematic and Comic Structure 19
V. The Boys as Couple 35
VI. The Boys and Physical Objects 51
VII. The Boys and Animals 61
VIII. The Boys and Women 69
IX. The Boys and Society 79
X. Filmography: The Roach Period (1926-1940) 93
XI. Filmography: The Post-Roach Period (1939-1951) 119
XII. A Final Word 141
Notes 145
Bibliography 149
Index 151
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