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Stan: The Life of Stan Laurel

by Fred Lawrence Guiles

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A loving biography of the creative half of my favorite comedy duo, Laurel & Hardy, well-written and illustrated with a small sampling of photographs. It was fascinating to me to discover how much of the creativeness of this legendary team flowed from Stan Laurel, and gratifying to learn that the impression one gets from their films was essentially true: that the two are genuinely nice and polite men, anxious only to get along in a hard world without hurting anybody, and with a genuine affection for each other that shines through the slapstick and mild violence toward one another. Includes a catalogue of their films. Includes Stan Laural's immortal last words to his nurse as he lay dying: "I'd rather be skiing than doing this," he told her. "Oh, do you ski, Mr. Laurel?" "No," he said, "but I'd rather be doing that than this." A moment later he was dead. ( )
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