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Steve Coogan will play Stan Laurel and John C Reilly will play Oliver Hardy.
Screenplay by Jeff Pope (Philomena, Cradle To Grave, Cilla).
Directed by Jon S Baird (Cass, Filth, Babylon).

Stan & Ollie

A gripping story of the world renowned comedy duo Laurel & Hardy as they embark on their final UK tour in 1953

London, UK, 18 January 2016: Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, Jeff Pope’s Sonesta Films and BBC Films are delighted to announce Stan & Ollie – an original film based on one of the worlds most loved comedy duos and geniuses of their time - Laurel & Hardy. Inspired by actual events, Stan & Ollie, is an emotional tribute to two of the funniest men in movie history.

Penned by award winning screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena, Mrs Biggs) and directed by Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth), Stan & Ollie stars stellar lead actors Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly (Chicago, We Need to Talk About Kevin) as Oliver Hardy. Developed by BBC Films, Stan and Ollie celebrates the duo’s unique friendship and legendary working partnership. The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy has been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.

Jeff Pope, screenwriter says: “Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound.
I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings. The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”

Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films adds: “John C Reilly and Steve Coogan are dream casting for ‘Stan & Ollie’, bringing to life with uncanny accuracy and irresistible gusto the genius creative marriage that Jeff Pope's script explores so lovingly. WithFaye Ward producing and Jon Baird at the helm, BBC Films is extremely excited to crank up production ofthis gem in 2016.”
Laurel & Hardy, the world's favourite comedy double act, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new.

The tour becomes a hit, but Laurel & Hardy can't quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

Director Jon S. Baird says: "Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I'm therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen.”

Faye Ward (Suffragette, Dancing on the Edge), Fable Pictures adds: “I feel privileged to have been entrusted to bring to screen the magnificent lives and work of comedy legends, Laurel and Hardy. It is incredibly exciting to be working with such a fantastic and collaborative team. Steve and John are a dream partnership and with Jon directing Jeff’s moving and affectionate screenplay, I know this will be a film to treasure for fans both old and new.”

A Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films production, developed with BBC Films. Written by Jeff Pope, Directed by Jon S. Baird and Produced by Faye Ward. It is Executive Produced by Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films and Gabrielle Tana.[/b]

'Stan and Ollie' writer Jeff Pope drew inspiration for his biopic from 'A.J' Marriot's Laurel and Hardy: The British Tours.


Forum created by Ross Owen, Neil Evans & Steve Foster on 25th January 2005.

The Laurel and Hardy Forum is the world's biggest online database of news, informative discussions, rarities and interactive topics dedicated to two of the most influencial comedy icons in cinematic history!



With the help of our loyal members and highly dedicated team of staff, our aim is to bring Laurel and Hardy fans throughout the world together, in an effort to keep the memory and the works of Laurel and Hardy alive and to give Stan and Ollie fans what they want out of a Laurel and Hardy forum. We strive to present you with all the latest Laurel and Hardy news and gossip from around the globe as it happens. The atmosphere of the forum is very friendly and very much in the spirit of 'the boys'. Don't let Laurel and Hardy be forgotten. Register today and show your support. Mingle with members of the International Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society, the Sons Of The Desert.

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June 16th 2016.
A Star Studded Tribute To Laurel & Hardy.
Full details at http://www.therossowenshow.com


Laurel and Hardy on Stage

Review by Randy Skretvedt

" 'Laurel & Hardy On Stage!' gives us the next best thing to a newly discovered movie by the team -- it contains a never-before-available audio recording of "The Driver's License Sketch," which has been all but forgotten even though Stan and Babe performed it around 1,100 times. In addition, the book brings that sketch back to vibrant life through rare, previously unavailable photographs and a reproduction of Stan Laurel's personal script. Added to that are some amazing articles from Danish newspapers (translated for those of us who only speak English), which show us how Laurel and Hardy were even more beloved overseas than in the United States. The photographs -- including several of L&H; on tour during World War II -- are beautifully reproduced, and the quality of all the audio, which also includes a rare 1944 radio show and a 1957 interview with Stan, is consistently first rate. This book and CD combination is a rare treasure for all Laurel and Hardy fans."

Randy Skretvedt

Get your copy here http://www.laurelandhardyonstage.com



Andreas Baum has been in touch with the following information about his new Hal Roach documentary.

Andreas writes...


Andreas Baum writes... Dear Laurel & Hardy Fans,

We like to inform you that our new international documentary about the legendary Comedy Producer Hal Roach and his big stars like Harold Lloyd, “Our Gang” or Laurel and Hardy and his competitors like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton is now available on DVD.
The title of the Special Limited Collector’s Edition with the longer Director´s Cut and a lot of rare and previously unreleased Bonus Material in a 2 DVD Box with five exclusive Collector’s Postcards (see the attached Cover of the DVD Box) is:


The International Documentary about the “King of Comedy” Hal Roach and “Hollywood´s Fun Factory”

Pre-orders are possible now! (Will be shipped in the middle of November) Order your 2 DVD Box now!
All pre-orders will come with a freebie!

Order exclusively via internet here (pre-orders are possible until the 15th of November 2014):


The 2 DVD-Box comes with 5 rare Collector’s Postcards and the DVDs are region free (in PAL, will run worldwide, which means also in NTSC-countries like the USA on all computers and almost all newer DVD players). The box contains one DVD with the Director´s Cut of the documentary in a length of round about 115 minutes (instead of the 90minutes tv-version for ZDF/ARTE) in English and German language (switchable) with more exclusive interviews and rare film clips, etc. as well as another DVD in English and German language with really a lot of rare and previously unreleased bonus material (round about 90 minutes).

This DVD contains - for example - unpublished private film footage, rare and/or never before published movie clips and short movies produced by Hal Roach, film footage and photographs from the Hal Roach studios, lots of photographs from the stars of Hal Roach, a lot of them animated in 3 D, unrealised interview-clips with Hal Roach, Harold Lloyd and our experts like Richard. W. Bann, Annette D`Agostino Lloyd, Stan Taffel, Richard Correll or Hal Roach family members like his daughters Maria and Jeanne or Harold Lloyds granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd etc.!

Learn more about the international documentary:

For many the American movie producer and director Hal Roach is the “King of Comedy”. His legendary studios are also called the “The Lot of Fun”: Hollywood’s “Fun Factory”! The film pioneer produced from 1914 up to the early sixties about 2.000 movies - almost exclusively comedies! Probably no other filmmaker gave the world more to laugh about than he did: with his comedy stars like Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd or "Our Gang".

Besides the incredible live and work of Hal Roach the international documentary is focused on his stars and competitors like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. The film is presenting a lot of funny movie clips and interviews, a look behind the scenes, amazing facts about the comedy stars and their private lives and amongst others never before published private footage, previously unreleased movie clips and photographs.

The documentary features as well a lot of amusing and interesting interviews with Hal Roach himself and family members, Roach´s stars like Harold Lloyd or Jean Darling from “Our Gang”, Stan Laurel´s daughter, Harold Lloyd´s granddaughter, film historians, comedy experts and comedians like Walter Matthau.

Director Andreas Baum, who also produced the documentary “Laurel and Hardy: Their Lives and Magic”, tells the amazing story of the live and career of the legendary comedy pioneer Hal Roach, of the roots of comedy and of the big slapstick stars.

Order your 2 DVD Box now and get your freebie!

Here is the first official trailer for the DVD (in the German language) [/i]



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