And, if this isn't enough, there is page after page of what is nothing more than descriptions of the plots of their films.
"Stan and Ollie", while long and a sometimes wandering read, is a wonderful portrait of two men who were friends until the very end.
Author Simon Louvish has written insightful critical biographies on comic legends such as W.C. Fields and The Marx Brothers.
Louvish's biographies of the great screen comedians are hit and miss. Either they're very good (Chaplin), informative but slightly dry given the liveliness of the subject... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Arnie Bernstein
I grew up in Finland in the 1970s, where comedy on TV was scarce and mostly broadcast as filler material between real programs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
What is the secret to being funny? If you look at the current batch of television network comedy shows you can definitely see what doesn't work, (most of it). Read morePublished 18 months ago by BobReviews
It is a great book for getting an overall view of these two comic geniuses. Their relationship and dedication to each other, as well as to their craft, is a touching and inspiring... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by J. Overton
After catching a Laurel & Hardy marathon of shorts on Turner Classic Movies earlier this year, I began to wonder what Stan & Ollie were like in "real life". Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Zachary Koenig
When I first began to read Simon Louvish's book about "our boys," I found the style a little awkward and strange. But after a chapter or so, it started to go more smoothly. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Wayne Engle
Laurel and Hardy were the yin and yang of comedians. Thrown together at the Hal Roach studios, they were one of (if not the) greatest comedy teams of all-time. Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by Pugwash
The book does such a good job of painting the men's portraits that the very oddity of the famous comedians as real people soon dissipates. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Cosmoetica
The title of my review, "Laurel and Hardy Beyond Double Talk" makes as much sense as Mr. Louvish's title. Read morePublished on April 7, 2007 by J.T.J., an Author