About the Actor
Laurel went on to join the Hal Roach studio, and began directing films, including a 1926 production called Yes, Yes, Nanette. It was his intention to work primarily as a writer and director, but fate stepped in. In 1927, Oliver Hardy, another member of the Hal Roach Studios Comedy All Star players, was injured in a kitchen mishap and Laurel was asked to return to the front of the cameras. Laurel and Hardy began sharing screen time together in Slipping Wives, Duck Soup and With Love and Hisses. It soon became obvious that the two men had a certain comic on screen chemistry. Roach Studios' supervising director Leo McCarey noticed the audience reaction to the two and had begun intentionally teaming them together, leading to the creation of the Laurel and Hardy series late that year. Together, the two men began producing a huge body of short movies, including The Battle of the Century, Should Married Men Go Home?, Two Tars, Be Big!, Big Business, and many others. Laurel and Hardy successfully made the transition to talking films with the short Unaccustomed As We Are in 1929. In the same year they appeared in their first feature in one of the revue sequences of The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and the following year they appeared as the comic relief in a lavish all-color (in Technicolor) musical feature entitled: The Rogue Song. In 1931, their own first starring feature, Pardon Us was released, although they continued to make both features and shorts until 1935, including their 1932 three-reeler The Music Box which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
US Kino Video Region 1 NTSC release of Laurel & Hardy's 'Flying Deuces' (1939) on DVD - the only properly restored version on release in either the US or the UK. Extras include 'The Stolen Jools' 1931 short with Buster Keaton. Also 'Preface by Serge Bromberg', 'Laurel and Hardy in Tynemouth', 'Laurel and Hardy in Edinburgh', 'The Tree in a Test Tube' (rare colour short) and 'This Is Your Life' (1955 TV show), plus the Original French Trailer, Posters Gallery, Stills and Promotional Material.