The 'Laurel & Hardy' Bible
This book was originally published in 1975 and re-printed in 1983, so it has been OUT OF PRINT for years now. The good news is that I have got hold of 30 copies that have been in storage, but once they have gone that it. I am going to sell 20 here, then the other 10 will come to the MEMORABILIA SHOW at the NEC 23-24 of November.
Written with a filmography by Richard W.Bann and designed by the great Al Kilgore, John McCabe's "Laurel and Hardy”, first published in 1975,is the most complete reference book ever published on the legendary duo: in fact many have said it is one of the ultimate movie books--for facts and figures play only a minor role here....Stan and Oliver themselves take you on a tour of their work-105 films-and adventures, via scenes from their movies: thousands of them. John McCabe, author of the duo's authorized biography "Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy"(1961) and founder of the international L&H fan club The Sons Of The Desert, had complete access to the stills library of the Hal Roach Studios, and arranged a complete synopsis-in words and pictures-of every short and feature, from 1926's"Putting Pants On Philip" through 1940's"Saps At Sea”.
Also covered are the Boys' films after leaving Hal Roach and joining 20th Century Fox and their music hall tours through the British Isles in the 40s and 50s.The book is so thorough, it is like reading a photographic comic book, with each film in still form and all the story elements (and classic dialogue) as captions for the hilarious pictures. Also included is a chapter highlighting the influence of L&H on 20 comic legends, in their own words--from Jack Benny, Lou Costello and Groucho Marx to Marcel Marceau and Dick Van Dyke. As a member of the Sons Of The Desert, we refer to the book as 'The Bible'--and if you think I have been praising this too much, I have every reason to do just that: it is my all time favourite book. It was last reprinted through Bonanza Books in 1983--if you should see a copy for sale, don’t think: grab it and run for your life!
The book price INCLUDES postage and packing (its really heavy!)
UK £34.95 EUROPE 46 EUROS USA (Rest of World) $68
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