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The Basics
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All you need to know about Stan and Babe at a glance, or in short texts.

Dates
Stan Laurel -  June 16th 1890 - February 23rd 1965
Oliver Hardy - January 18th 1892 -  August 7th 1957.

Films
Official Laurel and Hardy total - 106*
32 silent shorts; 40 sound shorts; 23 full-length features; 11* cameo appearances.
* At the moment there is discussion amongst the fans, about whether the MGM short Galaxy Of Stars should be added to the list of cameo appearances, to make 107. The number would also be increased if Andy Wade's movie One Moment Please is also included.
First time Stan and Babe appeared together in a film - A Lucky Dog, produced by Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson, 1921.
Babe's first film - Outwitting Dad, Lubin, 1914.
Stan's first film - Nuts In May, Anderson, 1917.
Their last film together - Utopia aka Atoll K, Franco London Films, 1951.
Oscar Winning film - The Music Box, Best Short Subject - Comedy, 1932.
Personal Oscar - Stan Laurel, For Creative Pioneering in Cinema Comedy, 1961.

Biographies
Stan Laurel
Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, United Kingdom. His father had been an actor, conjuror and playwright, and became a theatre manager. His mother, Madge Metcalfe, was a notable stage actress in the north of England.
Stan moved to north-east England in 1895, and to Glasgow, Scotland in 1905. He made his first public stage appearance at Glasgow's Britannia Panopticon in 1906, then joined the Levy and Cardwell juvenile group and later Fred Karno's London Komedians (with Chaplin).
Karno took his troupe to USA in 1910 and again in 1913, when the Karno organisation collapsed. Stan continued on the live stage even after making his first film in 1917, but that ended after he joined the Joe Rock film company, and it wasn't long until arch-talent-spotter Hal Roach brought him into the fold.

'Oliver' Hardy
Norvell Hardy's father died when the boy was 10 months old, and he grew up in the various hotels his mother operated. He would often sing to the appreciation of the hotel guests, and introduced comedy into his performances.
He loved sport, and became an unofficial baseball umpire, but it was assumed that he would become a printer at the local newspaper, with which he had a fascination. Instead, he got a job at the local cinema, and felt that he could do as well - if not better - than the on-screen performers, and left Georgia for Florida, where the embryo movie industry was emerging at Jacksonville.  http://norvell-hardy.co.uk/

Marriages
http://www.judgefoozlesforum.com/showthread.php?tid=242
http://www.judgefoozlesforum.com/showthread.php?tid=241

Filmography
The Lucky Dog (1921)
Forty-five Minutes from Hollywood (1926)
Duck Soup (1927)
Slipping Wives (1927)
Love 'Em and Weep (1927)
Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)
With Love and Hisses (1927)
Sugar Daddies (1927)
Sailors Beware! (1927)
The Second Hundred Years (1927)
Now I'll Tell One (1927)
Call of the Cuckoos (1927)
Hats Off (1927)
Do Detectives Think? (1927)
Putting Pants on Philip (1927)
The Battle of the Century (1927)
Leave 'Em Laughing (1928)
Flying Elephants (1928)
Finishing Touch, The (1928)
From Soup to Nuts (1928)
You're Darn Tootin' (1928)
Their Purple Moment (1928)
Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)
Early to Bed (1928)
Two Tars (1928)
Habeas Corpus (1928)
We Faw Down (1928)
Liberty (1929)
Wrong Again (1929)
That's My Wife (1929)
Big Business (1929)
Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)
Double Whoopee (1929)
Berth Marks (1929)
Men o' War (1929)
Perfect Day (1929)
They Go Boom (1929)
Bacon Grabbers (1929)
Hoose-Gow, The (1929)
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
Angora Love (1929)
Night Owls (1930)
Blotto (1930)
Brats (1930)
Below Zero (1930)
Rogue Song, The (1930)
Hog Wild (1930)
The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)
Another Fine Mess (1930)
Be Big! (1931)
Chickens Come Home (1931)
Stolen Jools, The (1931)
Laughing Gravy (1931)
Our Wife (1931)
Pardon Us (1931)
Come Clean (1931)
One Good Turn (1931)
Beau Hunks (1931)
On the Loose (1931)
Helpmates (1932)
Any Old Port (1932)
Music Box, The (1932)
Chimp, The (1932)
County Hospital (1932)
Scram! (1932)
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
Towed in a Hole (1932)
Their First Mistake (1932)
Twice Two (1933)
Me and My Pal (1933)
Fra Diavolo (1933)
Midnight Patrol, The (1933)
Busy Bodies (1933)
Wild Poses (1933)
Dirty Work (1933)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
Oliver the Eighth (1934)
Hollywood Party (1934)
Going Bye-Bye! (1934)
Them Thar Hills (1934)
Babes in Toyland (1934)
Live Ghost, The (1934)
Tit for Tat (1935)
Fixer-Uppers, The (1935)
Thicker Than Water (1935)
Bonnie Scotland (1935)
The Bohemian Girl (1936)
On the Wrong Trek (1936)
Our Relations (1936)
Way Out West (1937)
Pick a Star (1937)
Swiss Miss (1938)
Block-Heads (1938)
Flying Deuces, The (1939)
Chump at Oxford, A (1940)
Saps at Sea (1940)
Great Guns (1941)
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
Tree in a Test Tube, The (1943)
Air Raid Wardens (1943)
Jitterbugs (1943)
The Dancing Masters (1943)
Big Noise, The (1944)
Nothing But Trouble (1945)
\the Bullfighters (1945)
Atoll K (1951)

Trivia
Several budding Hollywood "greats" appeared in Laurel and Hardy films early in their careers - Jean Harlow, Peter Cushing, Robert Mitchum, Charles Middleton, Boris Karloff.
Co-stars related to Stan and Babe appeared in several of their films - Babe's wife at the time, Stan's partner at the time, Stan's daughter, Stan's brother, Babe's brother.

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