Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel, was born 120 years ago today. Though he played the dumb guy, he was the brains behind Laurel and Hardy.

It's hard to show a representative scene, since L&H films are as much about the overall pace and build as single gags.


Anonymous Denver Guy said...

I read somewhere that Stan Laurel declined an offer to appear in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" because he didn't want his fans to see (and finally remember him) as an old man. Pretty wise, I think, though Buster Keaton and the Three Stooges did cameos.

9:18 AM, June 16, 2010  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Laurel refused many offers in his final years. He respected the character he'd created and didn't want to destroy it in the minds of the public.

This is always a question with great clowns aging. Do you retire gracefully, or keep at it. Chaplin retired the Tramp. Harpo Marx was asked to speak, but never did. On the other hand, Buster Keaton was asked to smile occasionally, and he did.

4:27 PM, June 16, 2010  

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