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Laurel and Hardy are, undoubtedly, the most famous, and popular, screen comedy double-act of all time.
As a team, and as solo actors, they made hundreds of films, most of which are available to view. But their comedy work wasn't solely in films. Laurel spent several years working on the British variety stage, followed by several more touring the United States in Vaudeville.
Babe Hardy too had spells on the American stage early on in his career, as a singer in vaudeville and cinemas.

When Laurel and Hardy's screen career was over, Stan returned to the British Variety stage, and took with him his American partner, Oliver 'Babe' Hardy. So what of the accounts of all the years these comic geniuses spent on stage? Films starring the "Stan & Ollie" characters have spawned hundreds of books and thousands of articles, but written work on their stage shows wouldn't fill one magazine, much less a book. Not, that it is, until along came: Laurel and Hardy The U.S. Tours.

The Laurel and Hardy Revue (1940)

Played 13 US cities, including -
CHICAGO, Illinois; MILWAUKEE, ST. LOUIS, Missouri; Wisconsin; HARTFORD, Connecticut;
OMAHA, Nebraska;  BUFFALO, Illinois; MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota
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The Flying Showboat tour 1941

... which found Laurel, Hardy, John Garfield, Chico Marx and others entertaining the troops at Army and Naval bases around the Caribbean, including: Trinidad, Antigua, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia.

The Laurel and Hardy Revue (1941)

... taking in: CINCINNATI; CLEVELAND; CHICAGO; and MILWAUKEE - to name but four of the US cities played.

The Hollywood Victory Caravan tour 1942;

... with such Hollywood stars as: Frances Langford, Pat O' Brien, Rise Stevens, Joan Blondell, Desi Arnaz, Eleanor Powell, Charlotte Greenwood, Frank McHugh, Charles Boyer, Jerry Colonna, Bert Lahr, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Elyse Knox. Bob Hope,Bing Crosby, James Cagney, Groucho Marx, Joan Bennett, Claudette Colbert, Olivia de Havilland, and Merle Oberon.

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LAUREL and HARDY on the AMERICAN STAGE

LAUREL and HARDY DRIVER'S LICENCE

LAUREL and HARDY PUERTO RICO 1941

BABE HARDY BIRTHDAY 1942

HOLLYWOOD VICTORY CARAVAN 1942

Performing the sketch
'The Driver's Licence'.
October 1940

'The Flying Showboat' company
at an Air Base in Puerto Rico.
November 1941

Celebrating Hardy's 50th
birthday, in Chicago.

18 January 1942

About to leave L.A. aboard the
Hollywood Victory Caravan
April 1942


Stan and Ollie also made numerous one-off appearances at other Army and Naval bases; plus

Hollywood Gala Evenings, Film Premieres, Charity events, Benefit Nights, and junkets to Mexico.

Now at last, more than seventy years since the two film legends Laurel and Hardy played live shows in America,
you can discover just when, where and with whom they appeared 'live on stage.
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