Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Fri, May 6, 2016 - Sun, May 8, 2016
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Co-presented by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat, with special thanks to the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Library of Congress, Tom Holland/Holland Releasing and Marty DeGrazia of Sonar Entertainment.

Laurel and Hardy were among the most successful and beloved comedy teams in cinema history. An Englishman, Stan Laurel traveled to America as a part of Fred Karno’s troupe (in which he understudied Charlie Chaplin), while Georgia-born Oliver Hardy got his start in the booming pre-WWI Florida movie industry; the two first crossed paths in Hollywood at the Hal Roach Studios in 1921.

At first glance, the pair could not have been more mismatched – one thin and childlike onscreen, the other heavyset and haughty. They were very different off-screen as well, with Laurel a focused comedic strategist, while Hardy was more easygoing and content working in front of the camera. Perhaps it was these complementary styles that made the partnership so enduring, lasting nearly 30 years with appearances in more than 100 films together.

Join us for three days of hilarity from the legendary duo, with full restorations of a dozen shorts including “The Music Box” (a Best Live Action Short Academy Award winner), “Busy Bodies,” “Helpmates,” “Towed in a Hole” and long-lost pie-fight epic “The Battle of the Century,” as well as two features: WAY OUT WEST and the rarely screened THE FLYING DEUCES. It’s safe to say that these films - photochemically restored from the original 35mm nitrate elements, then digitally cleaned for these DCP presentations - haven't looked this good since their first release! In addition, we'll be running rarely screened 35mm prints of THE DEVIL’S BROTHER and BONNIE SCOTLAND.

Laurel and Hardy Schedule
Laurel and Hardy Series Trailer
Learn about the Restoration Process

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise and Jeff Joseph. Program notes by John Hagelston and Jeff Joseph.

Both TheatresFri, May 6, 2016 - Sun, May 8, 2016
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Films in this Series at the Aero

Sat, May 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Aero Theatre
Sat, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre