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The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) - a formidable double act in their own right - the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
The opening explanation title cards state that many of their films were dubbed into other languages for foreign countries. While their sound films from 1932 forward were dubbed, between 1930 and 1932 Stan and Babe learned to perform the scripts for several films phonetically in other languages, and actors who spoke those languages filled in the other parts. Multiple language versions of films like Blotto (1930) and Chickens Come Home- (1931) survive, and are available on DVD and digital. See more »
In the opening scene, set in 1936, Laurel & Hardy walk through the studio on their way to the soundstage. One poster on a building advertises a "Little Rascals" short. Before the shorts were syndicated for television in 1955, they were called "Our Gang." See more »
This film had its world premiere in London tonight. First impressions. It's a warm tribute that is easy on the eye yet never tries to become anything more than an enjoyable reminder of a partnership that was much loved around the globe. Don't expect much drama yet be staggered by Coogan and Reilly who are magnificent. I loved the interplay of their wives, perhaps a surprising element. A tale of love and friendship. Not ground breaking but a sweet tale.
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