Quote: Nick Nockerty @ 1st April 2015, 7:24 PM BST
Not seen a top 10 best comedy actors list, without these two in. Laurel normally in the #1 spot, but then he was from Lancaster, UK. Also demonstrates that a comedy duo doesn't need a straight man.
In my view, they were great, because they were excellent character actors first, rather than comedians first. But few actors can do comedy, hence why their talent is so rare. What do you think ?
Er, actually Stan Laurel was not from Lancaster per se. But from Ulverston, which was then in in the County of Lancashire.
Today with redrawn county borders Ulverston is in County of Cumbria.
I'm being pedantic, I know.
Just thought I'd pass on the info.
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 2nd April 2015, 9:41 AM BST
Don't entirely agree with that as Stan wrote some brilliant scripts both dialogue and situation. Combine that with two people who were natural comedic actors and you have something rare - timeless comedy of which those two were masters.
Glad to find a fellow connoisseur in you regards all things Laurel and Hardy. They were magnificent.
Recently watched 'Way out west' again.
On crossing the river Olly twice steps into the deep hole in the river bed. (beginning of the movie and at the very end)
Right there, I could recall two other outings of that gag.
Captain Mainwaring at the beach and Vicar of Dibley down a puddle.
Stan and Olly were pretty much the pioneers of much film gaggery and have been bountifully mined for gags ever since.
To me they're pretty much the Wright Brothers of comedy.