Review Stan And Ollie (2018)

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Your thoughts on this movie.....

Biopic of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly. The film will focus on their later life when they went on a tour of England in the 50s.

Daily Mail pictures of the shoot in England.

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The only movie I've seen with one of them is the 1925 silent film version of "The Wizard of Oz," which isn't actually an adaptation of the book at all, but just a movie with the same title and a few references thrown in. Oliver Hardy plays a bad guy who disguises himself as a Tin Woodman. It's a really stupid movie.

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I think that they were okay as solo performers, but it took them getting together for something magical to happen, comedy wise i.m.o.


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They were just funny as heck. The only duo that made me laugh uncontrollably. I noticed that on Gilligan's Island, Gilligan and the Skipper acted like them sometimes.


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Interesting. I find it sad that there isn't enough love for these guys. Film fanatics like ourselves know and love them, but other comedy groups have gotten more attention over the years. Everyone knows The Three Stooges. Everyone knows The Marx Brothers. Everyone knows Abbott and Costello. But most folks might have seen Africa Screams, and don't know any of their other work.

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Hollywood hits the Black Country as Steve Coogan and John C Reilly shoot Stan and Ollie in Dudley


Crowds stopped and stared as funnyman Steve Coogan and Hollywood star John C Reilly mingled with filming crew and cast members at the Black Country Living Museum on Friday.

Tight security surrounded the 1930s street, where children and costumed police officers were marched up and down the street as directors placed Coogan in different positions on set.

Coogan - known for his alter-ego Alan Partridge and recent series The Trip - plays Laurel, while American Reilly - who was Oscar nominated for his role in Chicago and has starred in countless blockbusters like Gangs of New York, Boogie Nights and Anchorman - takes the role of Oliver Hardy.

The pair, both aged 51, were seen relaxing between scenes for the movie, which is directed by Jon Baird. Visitors were able to enter the museum, but were unable to go in to the 1930s street.

One onlooker said: “It’s been fascinating – it’s not every day that you see Steve Coogan out and about in Dudley.”

She added: “It was amazing watching him and John C Reilly perform. It was a real treat.”

Wearing a grey waistcoat and purple tie with his hair slicked back, Coogan joined Reilly to film a short scene on a fictional zebra crossing.

White strips were laid down on the road surface as two Morris Minors were position nearby.

The comedy duo held up crossing patrol plaques reading ‘Stop! Children Crossing’ as directors shouted ‘action’.

Both burst into character, as they rehearsed the scene with crew members acting as children.

Reilly huffed and puffed as Hardy, while Coogan ducked down and plodded along the crossing with the others.

Wearing braces and a colourful tie, Reilly squinted and pulled funny faces as he remained in character for the duration of the two minute scene.

Onlookers watched in awe as a normal day out at the Tipton Road attraction turned into a Hollywood spectacular.

“I can’t believe it, I didn’t expect to see Steve Coogan here today, this is fascinating,” one visitor commented.

Between takes Coogan was escorted in and out of Hobbs Restaurant, as the museum’s shops played the perfect backdrop to the film.

Children dressed in 1930s clothes waited near the railings as Coogan often popped out to share a laugh and a joke with them.

He seemed to be a fan of the museum too, looking around the set and pointing at different buildings while film crew scurried around him.

Black tents and huge lighting props closed off the road, but visitors were still allowed to walk up the steps across the canal.

Crew members were keen to try the famous museum chips and pop in for a drink at The Bottle and Glass Inn too.

As rain descended, lunch was called as Coogan made his way to the filming vans on the car park. A grey Morris Minor 8 was driven back onto the set along with the museums trolley bus.

“Our museum cars are perfect for days like this,” a staff member said.

“Not only do they look good on set but they get to be hired out to be used in films like this, which is a real honour.”

The story has been written by Jeff Pope, who worked with Coogan on Oscar-nominated Philomena, and chronicles the duo’s final tour in 1953, during which Hardy suffered a heart attack.

Laurel and Hardy burst onto the scene in the 1920s, appearing in more than 100 films together. By the time of their final tour, they had been performing for more than 30 years.

Filming will also take place in Birmingham, where the duo appeared in the year of their final tour, and Bristol.

The comedy duo appeared in the pages of the Express & Star following their appearance at Dudley Hippodrome in 1947, in which they were said to have ‘rocked the packed house’ and stayed at The Station Hotel opposite.

They also performed at the Hippodrome in 1952. They were also patrons of the Birmingham pub The Bartons Arms, and would rest at the pub in between shows at the now demolished Aston Hippodrome.

It is not the first time the museum has been chosen to appear on screen. It is also a favourite setting for the makers of hit BBC show Peaky Blinders.


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Stan Laurel & Oliver "Babe" Hardy, the world’s favorite comedy double act, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new.”


Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were announced to be playing the duo in January 2016 in a biopic to be directed by Jon S. Baird.[1] The film was written by Jeff Pope, who had previously collaborated with Coogan on the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Philomena.[2] Pope described the comedy duo as being his "heroes".


Principal UK photography began in spring 2017. It took place in Dudley, in the West Midlands of England, as well as Bristol in South West England
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While we are waiting for the new film, here is a 2006 BBC play about the last days of the pair.....

Based on the Neil Brand's critically acclaimed radio play of the same name, this 2006 BBC production follows Stan Laurel's last visit to his dying friend and comedy partner Oliver 'Babe' Hardy and Stan's subsequent coming to terms with the ghosts of his past. Jim Norton plays the elder Laurel, and Trevor Cooper portrays Oliver Hardy. The young Stan and Ollie are played by Nik Howden and Mike Goodenough.



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But most folks might have seen Africa Screams, and don't know any of their other work.
I can only assume that the imbecile known as chainsaw_metal1 meant to say The Flying Deuces and not Africa Screams. Of course, no one really knows what is going on in that fat head of his. Moron.


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I can only assume that the imbecile known as chainsaw_metal1 meant to say The Flying Deuces and not Africa Screams. Of course, no one really knows what is going on in that fat head of his. Moron.
Oh, don't worry about it, mate,

We all suffer from the odd brain fade or blank spot.

Considering how much time I've lost through blank spots, I sometimes wonder if I wasn't abducted by aliens. :emoji_alien: