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Stan And Ollie Vs Laurel And Hardy

Such a good film ...

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I don't normally go in for recommending films, but I'm making an exception today. Stan and Ollie is an outstanding film in my opinion and I speak as a lifelong fan of Laurel and Hardy ...

Stan And Ollie is such a good film and I recommend it to everyone.

Stan And Ollie is such a good film and I recommend it to everyone.

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I've watched their movies all my life and taken comedy inspiration from them in many ways, or as some people would say "I've nicked their routines".

I still occasionally smoke my thumb and teach Stans hat trick to children, along with the Eric Morecambe paper bag gag. Just ask me when you see me if you don't know them.

Even when I was playing the drunk, butler in The Tempest, I managed to get a Laurel and Hardy routine in with Trinculo, with the agreement of the director of course.

I think what shines through with Laurel and Hardy is the love and respect they had for each other; the same applies to Morecambe and Wise. It's certainly not the case with all comedy double acts and maybe that's why they stand head and shoulders above the rest.

This film concentrates on the end of their career when they did a tour of the UK in the 50s, and it wasn't an easy time for them. The heyday of their films was finished and people thought that they'd retired so initially, they played to half full theatres.

"But I won't give anything more away as I'd recommend you just go and seen it yourself."

I'm not even going to pick out any actors as the whole cast was terrific, as was the script and the whole of the Stan And Ollie production team. But then again, who would expect anything less from Laurel and Hardy?

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.