- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Last Gasp; 2 edition (February 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094041029X
- ISBN-13: 978-0940410299
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies 2nd Edition
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"A giant volume, not only the best book on Laurel and Hardy ever assembled, but also one of the best books on film comedy and Hollywood." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Astounding revelations about the scripts and what went on behind the scenes... Books for movie buffs don't get much better than this." -- West Coast Review of Books
"Fans will value this exhaustively researched book....Mr. Skretvedt had access to recently unearthed scripts, whose wealth of unfilmed comedy routines is further testimony to the pair's unlimited inspiration." -- The New York Times, 8/23/87
"Passionately recommended! Skretvedt's study gives so much more information and is so much more richly detailed that it eclipses earlier efforts." -- Film Quarterly, Summer 1988
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This definitive study of Laurel and Hardy is a behind-the-scenes documentary on the beloved comedy team -- how they made their classic comedies, and what happened during the making of them. Film historian Randy Skretvedt uses original shooting scripts and unfilmed comedy routines, production logs, contracts, payroll ledgers, legal depositions, family scrapbooks and original studio publicity material -- plus exclusive interviews with dozens of the team's friends and co-workers -- to recreate, as never before, the unique environment in which the films were made.
Film by film, "Laurel and Hardy" truly evokes the magic behind the movies -- gag sessions, practical jokes, special effects, technical problems, musical scores, sneak previews, retakes, publicity campaigns and foreign language versions. Their unorthodox working methods are explored in meticulous detail. The book provides much previously unknown and unpublished information about Laurel's contract disputes with Hal Roach and the team's creative conflicts with 20th Century-Fox, as well as the marital problems that often disrupted the comedians' private lives.
Rare photographs -- most never-before-published -- depict Laurel and Hardy filming on location, working with directors and co-stars, entertaining visitors to the set, clowning on the studio lot and relaxing with their wives; they are also shown in a variety of scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. Original poster art and advertising, unseen for decades, further delineates the past. The book is appended by a Who's Who of supporting players who peopled the films of Laurel and Hardy, and the technical crew responsible for so much of the magic behind the movies.
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This book is heavy ! Literally! I love to read it in bed but it leaves a 2 inch groove across my tum tum! Jk.
Loaded w new info , amazing , mind blowing stills , it's too much !
I'm still waiting for Randy to delve into the greatest of all Laurel and Hardy quandaries : did Sherwood Schwartz watch Atoll K enough times to get inspired to write the script for the pilot episode of Gilligan's Island ?!