Happy Birthday Oliver Hardy, the Bigger Half of Laurel & Hardy
Oliver Hardy was the bigger half, quite literally, of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. Stan Laurel rounded off the other end, which became famous during the early Classical Hollywood era. The two worked together from 1927 to 1951, before retiring the group.
Starring together in 107 films, the two formed one of Hollywood’s most iconic comedy duos, recognised even today for their contributions to comedy.
Oliver Norvell Hardy was active in cinema from 1914, making his first movie called Outwitting Dad. During this period, he was billed in many of his movies as “Babe Hardy.”
In this video, which is a three-minute interview of the actor, he explains his friendship with Stan Laurel. He talks about how they’ve not just worked together for 23 years, but also remained friends through the years.
The iconic duo made 107 films together, beginning in the silent era of cinema, well into the era of talkies.
He goes on to talk about his history in cinema, and how he worked as a director with a comedian before he joined Stan Laurel.
As the video comes to a close, he adds how, at the time, the cinema industry was drifting away from doing comedy, and focusing more on dramatic work.
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