The British Tours
by A.J Marriot
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HARDBACK – Dust-Jacket
316 pages – over 100 illustrations
description, 'Everywhere they went they were mobbed by thousands of
adoring fans' might make one think that the subjects of this book are
mop-haired singers from Liverpool, but one would be wrong: for the
predate by some thirty years the mob hysteria which came to be known as
Beatlemania, and were caused by the appearances of a
English comedian and a rather large American actor who, together,
the funniest comedy duo of all time.
Remarkably, LAUREL & HARDY - The British Tours is the first documentary of their three post-war tours. It covers their shows in detail, including the critical reviews at the time. Every theatre engagement and every act they worked with during the two years in total spent in Britain is recorded. Readers are also given a full account of their travel arrangements, the hotels they stayed in, the people they met, and of Stan's visits to his former homes and the theatres he played as a juvenile.
Television and radio appearances; previously undocumented charity shows; public appearances; the contents of rare film footage are fascinatingly disclosed. Show business celebrities Norman Wisdom, Ray Alan and Peter Goodwright, along with support acts from the Laurel and Hardy shows, give anecdotes about these two most respected of comedians; and large contributions were made by the two men responsible for introducing Laurel and Hardy to the British Variety Theatre - Lord Delfont and Billy Marsh.
|But the book is more than just an extended date-sheet;
it is an account of the love which the
British retained for the two Hollywood comedians after Hollywood had turned its back on them.
It is a story of two brilliant performers who had to learn to adapt from film- to stage-work, and
survive through the changing modes of comedy and the changing moods of theatre audiences.
It is also a story of two men, handicapped by age and illness, overcoming the exhaustion of
touring and performing up to thirteen shows per week. All is brought to light in this engaging book.
The early chapters reveal many
The short publicity tour of Britain
which Laurel and Hardy made in 1932
To compile LAUREL and HARDY - The British Tours the author spent hundreds of hours poring over old newspapers, and an equal amount of time in interviewing waitresses, taxi drivers, receptionists, hoteliers, theatre managers, stage staff, and Laurel's relatives. Journalists who, in turn, interviewed Laurel and Hardy, and members of the public who met them, all help to complete the picture of this missing period in the careers of the world's greatest comedy duo.
LAUREL & HARDY - The British Tours is extensively illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, and is the book that every true fan has been waiting for.
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