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Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927 Paperback – July 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0786447817 ISBN-10: 0786447818

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786447818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786447817
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

"One of the best film books of 2012." --Thomas Gladysz, Huffington Post

About the Author

Ted Okuda is a Chicago-based film historian whose articles have appeared in such publications as Nostalgia Digest, Filmfax and Classic Images.

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and a professional educator.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Erickson on September 30, 2012
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Ted Okuda and James L. Neibaur, who have probably forgotten more about movie comedians than most of will ever remember, once again hit the jackpot with this superb study of the films made by the great Stan Laurel for such producers as G.M Anderson, Joe Rock and Hal Roach in the ten years prior to Stan's historic 1927 teaming with Oliver Hardy. While most of these one-, two- and three-reel silent comedies still exist, many have been inaccessible to casual comedy fans for decades, and those that HAVE made the VHS and DVD rounds (such as Stan's 1923 one-reeler WHITE WINGS) are neither particularly good nor truly representative of Laurel's comic genius. Through careful and loving scrutiny of the presently available films, coupled with reams of fascinating research information, the authors have not only painted a vivid portrait of a true cinematic artist, but have also illustrated how many of Stan Laurel's familiar gestures, mannerisms and bits of business were auditioned and developed during his decade as a solo performer. In so doing, Okuda and Neibaur make it crystal clear that none of these Laurel trademarks were truly utilized to full comic advantage until Stan found the perfect teammate in Oliver Hardy--and not until Stan ceased doing variations on the fresh young poltroon he so often played in his early films and achieved immortality with delightfully dimwitted "Stanley" characterization.
I say "perfect" teammate in light of the fact that on several occasions Stan was paired with other performers during his formative filmic years. In 1918-19 he made three films with star comedian Larry Semon, where he managed a few shining moments despite Semon's strenuous efforts to be the only funny man in the room.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Stevenson on August 6, 2012
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This book is an invaluable guide to Stan Laurel's early film career as new information, and several missing films, have come to light in recent years. Okuda and Neibaur's painstaking research has reached fruition in this immensely enjoyable book. Starting with Stan's very first film, Nuts In May (1917), the authors trace his gradual evolution over the space of ten years from brash clown to one of the greatest comedians of all time. The illustrations are especially good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Caputo on January 1, 2014
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This book was a purchase for my brother who is a huge Laurel and Hardy fan. As soon as he opened this for Christmas his eyes lit up and I saw he was very happy. My only nitpick is that it is a lot of money for a over sized paperback book plus I thought it would have more pages. But I do understand that these books are a niche market and therefor smaller print runs and slightly higher cost. It's still all good and plus I know I will eventually read this too.
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