But the lanky Laurel's film career didn't really take off until he teamed up with portly American actor Oliver Hardy in a string of silent films and talkies throughout the 1920s, '30s and '40s, including Do Detectives Think? (1927), Pardon Us (1931), Sons of the Desert (1933) and Babes in Toyland, aka March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934), as well as the Oscar-winning comic short "The Music Box" (1932).
After appearing in more than 70 films with his longtime partner, who died of a heart attack in 1957, Laurel died on Feb. 23, 1965, at the age of 74.
Born in the 1900s, the haunting and timeless comic antics of Laurel and Hardy, one of the greatest comedy film duos in history, still make film fans laugh out loud more than 50 years after their last on-screen pairing. This video includes the 1931 short "Be Big!," in which the two buddies lie to their wives so they can go to the club; and the 1921 short "A Lucky Dog," in which they play an accused dognapper and a masked bandit who confronts him.
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- The Laurel & Hardy Collection: Vol. 1
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- American Slapstick: Vol. 2
- Stan Laurel Collection: Vol. 2
- Laurel & Hardy: Collector's Edition
- The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy
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