Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rare Audio Interview With Stan Laurel (1957)

Recorded August 14th 1957, just 1 week after Oliver Hardy died.

Arthur B Friedman talks to Stan Laurel
(listen to the complete interview below - over 1 hour long)

Dr Arthur B. Friedman interviews Stan Laurel for Turning Point on August the 14th, 1957, only a week after the death of his comedy partner, Oliver Hardy. In this 66 minute interview Stan talks about many things including:

Oliver Hardy’s death; 
His beginnings in a juvenile pantomime company; 
Working for his father in his theatres; 
How and why he became a comic; 
Understudying Charlie Chaplin in the Fred Karno Troupe; 
The hardships, good times, partnerships and professional jealousy of his vaudeville career; 
His family; 
The Stan Jefferson Trio; 
His early film career with Larry Semon, Bronco Billy, and Hal Roach; 
How he became a gag writer and director after struggling to find a comic character; 
How he was teamed with Oliver Hardy and his return to films; 
Early film making techniques, where gags come from and off the cuff shooting techniques; 
His relationship with Oliver Hardy and how their characters developed; 
Silent, talkie and feature length films; 
The worldwide appeal of Laurel and Hardy; 
His retirement, hobbies, health and fan mail.