This comedy hour combines audio from classic Laurel and
Hardy movie clips with a new radio theater production in which “the boys” open
a fix-it shop and recall their past failures as they handle a barrage of wacky
In the new moments, full of funny sound effects and music,
Joe Bev voices not only Stan and Ollie but James Finlayson, Billy Bletcher,
Edgar Kennedy, and other characters, including a dog. All of the female roles,
including Mae Busch, are voiced by Lorie Kellogg.
Along the way listeners are treated to hilarious moments
from Hal Roach’s classic Laurel and Hardy sound films. Among the highlights of
the special is when Bev intercuts a scene from the English film Blotto with the Spanish version, La vida nocturna, one of the films in which Laurel and Hardy spoke phonetically.
The duo was one of the most popular and
critically acclaimed comedy double acts of the early Classical Hollywood era of
American cinema. Composed of thin Englishman Stan Laurel and large American
Oliver Hardy, they became well known during the late 1920s for their slapstick
comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous
Hardy. They made over one hundred films together, initially two-reelers (short
films) before expanding into feature-length works in the 1930s. Their films
include Sons of the Desert, the
Academy Award–winning short film The
Music Box, Babes in Toyland, and Way out West. Hardy’s catchphrase, “Well,
here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” is still widely recognized.
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