The Making of Stan Laurel
Echoes of a British Boyhood
About the Book
As an adult, Stan Laurel (1890–1965) lived in the United States. As a boy, he lived in north-east England, the son of a prominent local theatrical figure. This ground-breaking biography examines Laurel’s family background, his formative years and his struggle to establish a show business career. Stan retained the emotional bonds forged in his youth throughout his life and visited his boyhood homes during his UK tours with Oliver Hardy.
Describing Stan Laurel’s key roles in making his films with his partner Oliver Hardy so successful internationally, the book analyzes how Stan’s boyhood experiences are often echoed in those films. It also notes his influence on successive generations of comic actors who, to this day, still pay fulsome tribute to him. Included is a selection of photographs relevant to Laurel’s boyhood, some related to themes in the Laurel and Hardy comedies.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 36 photos, 2 maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
1. The Jeffersons 13
2. Stan’s Theatrical Inheritance 24
3. Family Life in North Shields 43
4. Boyhood Years 50
5. From Theatrical Obscurity to Film Stardom 68
6. Echoes of a North Shields Boyhood 100
7. Lifetime Links with North Shields 132
8. Returns to the “Old Town” 144
Appendix: Theaters Played During the UK Tours 177
Chapter Notes 179
Book Reviews & Awards
“painstakingly-researched”—North East Life.