was to be through Hal Roach that Oliver Hardy would meet Stan Laurel. Prior to
this meeting, Hardy played in minor silent movie roles mostly as the bad guy.
and Hardy had actually worked together on a movie in 1917 called Lucky
Dog, but they were not to be paired together until Leo McCarey's short, Duck Soup,
and Hardy were to became one of the most successful film comedy duos in history.
Hardy played the arrogant know-it-all, whilst Laurel became easily confused and
cried while scratching his head.
starred in over 100 films together, including 27 feature length movies. Stan Laurel
was also a behind-the-scenes creative force, directing many of their adventures.
Perhaps their critical high point was an academy award for the short The Music
Box in 1933, a hilarious attempt by the duo to deliver a piano up a long flight
two stopped making movies in 1945 (we will ignore the
disastrous Utopia that they made together in 1950). The two remained
popular and performed regularly in Music Hall throughout
the world after their movie careers ended. Hardy died
in 1957, Stan Laurel in 1965. [Public Domain download