Has there ever been two comedians more loved by the public than Laurel & Hardy?
Who would have guessed that a guy from Lancashire and a guy from Georgia would hook up and charm the world?

Stan Laurel honed his skills in the famous Fred Karno Troupe in England, where he was Charlie Chaplin's understudy.

In 1917, he made his first film entitled "Nuts in May". Stan's on screen character was the fast talking smart type, the complete opposite of what we associate with Laurel today.

Not the lovable "Ollie" we all know, "Babe" Hardy was the heavy who appeared in countless films starting in 1914. Ollie jumped around many studios early in his career spending some in 1917 with Chaplin imitator Billy West.

Ollie also appeared in the 1925 version of "The Wizard of Oz" with Larry Semon.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had been working in films for years before sharing a scene together in the 1917 film "Lucky Dog".

Appearing separately in several Hal Roach productions, but not as an official team, Stan and Ollie were joined together by director Leo McCarey in 1927 for their first official movie, "The Second Hundred Years".

They turned out great two reelers such as "Two Tars" and "Big Business" before making the transition to sound in 1929.

With the brilliant Stan Laurel taking control of production a legend was born. Stan was the creator of the team's many great gags while Ollie proved to the world what a great comic actor he was.

They are beloved to this day.

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