The Five Greatest Movie Comedy Teams of All Time: Laurel and Hardy
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
May 17, 2016 9:51am CST
Laurel and Hardy are more than the most successful comedy team in movie history. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are cultural icons and pioneers in movie comedy whose influence extends to what you see today. Unlike other acts who formed in vaudeville, Stan and Ollie were screen veterans when director Leo McCarthy paired them in 1926. They stayed together until 1950 and became legendary giants of comedy from silent to sound pictures. The duo were masters of slow subtle comedy in which they turned any situation into a mess created by naivety and stupidity. Lauren and Hardy are instantly recognizable figures being the ultimate fat man skinny man team. Toothpick Stan wore a perpetual idiotic smile, scratched his head in frustration and started sobbing when overcome. Blustery Ollie did slow burns, nervously twiddled his tie and glared directly at the camera when exasperated by Stan. Their timing was impeccable and these comic geniuses stand in the pantheon of giants alongside Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd upon which all future movie comedy was founded on.
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