Eight things I know about Stan & Ollie. (There may be more added).
You should see it for yourself.
1. I want to watch Way Out West again. A sample here
2. As the two stars leave their dressing room and head for the studio where they are about to film in the dance sequence, Stan says to Ollie something along the lines of “I’m not going to get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.” The same joke is in the Jacobson Brothers Kenny. It must be an oldie but goodie even though I've only ever heard it twice.
3. The writer of the film, the director and the actor playing the impresario Bernard Delfont have surely trashed Delfont’s reputation possibly for ever. Delfont was born in Russia and was the brother of Lew and Leslie Grade,all three immense figures in the Brit movie industry. Wikipedia says that Delfont entered theatrical management in 1941, age 32, after a career as first a dancer, then an agent. He presented over 200 shows in London and New York including more than 50 musicals. He also presented summer variety shows in many towns across the country, mainly seaside resorts. In Blackpool, he owned all three of its piers (South Pier, Central Pier and North Pier). Delfont withdrew funding for Life of Brian in 1978 at the last moment, due to worries over the religious implications of the screenplay.
|Steve Coogan (Stan), John C Reilly (Ollie), Danny Huston|
4. Hal Roach’s reputation as a cheapskate, chiseller and very hard bargainer is thoroughly endorsed by this movie
5. The closing credits are presented in such a way that you don’t read the names. In a box at the side is the dance sequence from Way Out West (link above) intermingled with photos of the real Stan and Ollie. You cant tear your eyes away.
6. One of my Christmas presents was the novel “he” by John Connolly. It’s about Stan. Peter Hourigan reviewed it for the Film Alert blog and you can read his thoughts if you click here. Starting it tomorrow.
|Shirley Henderson as Hardy's wife Lucille|
Nina Arianda as Laurel's wife Ida, Stan & Ollie