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Stan & Ollie (2018) Poster

(2018)

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Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were the first choices of director Jon S. Baird and screenwriter Jeff Pope for the roles of Laurel and Hardy.
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After the Second World War, Laurel & Hardy opened the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway in Kent. The smallest passenger train in the world.
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There is a Laurel & Hardy museum in the town of Ulverston (Stan Laurel's birthplace) in the county of Cumbria in the UK. Stan would occasionally drop in on his parents in between the two wars and both Stan and Ollie visited the town as part of their UK tour of 1953 where they were welcomed by a huge crowd. A bronze statue of the two of them is outside the town hall commemorating this and the museum contains many artifacts of Stan's career.
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Jeff Pope has described Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as his heroes.
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The "Elephant movie" that Ollie appeared in for Hal Roach which caused so much bad feeling between Stan and Ollie was ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET (1939).
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In a major coup for Faye Ward and her relatively new Fable Pictures, the rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy have been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.
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Laurel & Hardy also visited the Republic of Ireland on their final tour where they were warmly greeted by hundreds of people.
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When Ollie was finally free of his contract with Hal Roach Studios he was finally able to sign the one or two picture deals alongside Stan for other film studios such as Fox, MGM & RKO. However most fans of the duo believe that almost all these films (with the possible exception of Flying Deuces in 1939) marked a decline in quality from the pair. The scripts were often lame in comparison to their time at Hal Roach and they were visibly starting to show their age. To make matters worse newer double acts such as Abbot & Costello and Bob Hope, Bing Crosby (and Dorothy Lamour) started to become popular and steal their thunder. They did continue making films until 1945 but at a much less frequent rate until the work more or less dried up from Hollywood. They did make one last film together, a French/Italian co-production which was universally panned and which effectively killed off their hopes of a comeback.
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Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are both Oscar nominees.
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Producer Hal Roach (played by Danny Huston) outlived both his stars by some distance when he died in November 1992 aged 100. He was in fact only four days older than Oliver Hardy (and 18 months younger than Stan Laurel).
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Stan Laurel was a native of Ulverston in the north west of England. For several years the Ulverston Brewing Company of Cumbria have been making a selection of bottled and draught beers with Laurel and Hardy themed names (such as 'Lonesome Pine' and 'Laughing Gravy') in honour of the town's famous son and his comedy partner.
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Bernard Delfont (played in the film by Rufus Jones) was from a show business family. One of his brothers was Lew Grade, who would go on to be a hugely successful British film and television mogul whose ITC organization was responsible for making many famous classic television shows such as 'Thunderbirds' , 'The Prisoner', 'Jesus of Nazareth' and 'The Muppet Show'. Grade (who would eventually become Sir Lew Grade) also produced many feature films such as CAPRICORN ONE (1977), THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978), RAISE THE TITANIC (1980), ON GOLDEN POND (1981) and SOPHIES CHOICE (1982). Delfont was also the uncle of Michael Grade, who would go on to be controller of BBC television and then CEO of Channel 4 television in the UK.
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In the original 1930s County Hospital scene... Stan brought Ollie some white hard boiled eggs but in the movie the reproduced 1953 scene on the English stage tour uses brown eggs. In reality, brown hens eggs were rarely seen in the UK until the late 1960s.
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Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly also starred together in Holmes and Watson (2018). Interestingly, Stan & Ollie (2018) is John C. Reilly's highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and Holmes & Watson (2018) is his lowest. (As of 13th January 2019).
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Current Scotland football manager Alex McLeish is an extra reading the paper in the hotel foyer as Stan Laurel is at reception. Alex is a friend of the director.
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