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CHAPLIN - Stage by Stage By A.J MARRIOT
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Contains every known stage appearance Chaplin made in the UK and, for the first time ever, the ones he made in Vaudeville, touring America with the Fred Karno Company of Comedians. Along the way,... More > many myths and mistakes from other works on Chaplin will be corrected, and many lies and legends exposed. But, in destroying the negative, a positive picture is built up of the very medium which created the man and the screen character “Chaplin.” Includes extracts from the scripts of the plays and sketches in which Chaplin appeared, complemented by reviews and plot descriptions, all of which help to complete the picture of the influences which affected Chaplin’s later film work. Read and be Amazed! - 258 pages - 210 illustrations< Less
LAUREL and HARDY - The British Tours - part 1 By A.J MARRIOT
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Second Edition – Extensively revised, reformatted and expanded. The story starts where our comedy heroes meet up at the Hal Roach Studios, and become an inseparable partnership. We then fast... More > forward to the promotional tour of major cities in England and Scotland, which they undertook in the summer of 1932. Fast forward again to their 1947 British stage tour, for which readers are given a full account of every theatre engagement and every act they worked with; their travel arrangements; the hotels they stayed in; the people they met; previously undocumented public appearances. and descriptions of the crowds of thousands who mobbed them and left them reeling from the onslaught. - 210 pages - 325 illustrations< Less
LAUREL - Stage by Stage By A.J MARRIOT
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“LAUREL - Stage by Stage” is the prequel to Marriot's previous Laurel and Hardy’s “Tours” books; and is a companion to “CHAPLIN – Stage by Stage.” It... More > narrates for the first-time-ever all of Stan Laurel’s stage shows, from his earliest appearances in British pantomime (as the teenage Stanley Jefferson), right up to his last-ever stage show before entering films. Along the way he spends over three years touring with Charlie Chaplin, in the most-famous of all comedy troupes – the Fred Karno Company. The next eight years are spent touring in U.S. vaudeville, playing in song-dance-and-comedy sketch acts with various partners. Readers will experience every low and high as this comic genius tries to unshackle himself from the hardship and tedium of vaudeville, during a number of attempts to get into the world of film comedy. The amount of detail revealed about these “lost” tours is astounding. - 272 pages - 470 illustrations< Less
LAUREL and HARDY - The British Tours - part 2 By A.J MARRIOT
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Second Edition – Extensively revised, reformatted and expanded. This engaging book is the story of the love which the British and Irish retained for these two comedy legends after the USA had... More > turned its back on them, and how they adapted from film- to stage-work, and survived through the changing modes of comedy, and the changing moods of theatre audiences. Readers are given a full account of the theatres they played, the acts they worked with, their travel arrangements; the hotels at which they stayed; the people they met; and their many public appearances – all complemented by scores of rare photographs from these tours. - 208 pages - 265 illustrations< Less
LAUREL and HARDY - The U.S. Tours By A.J MARRIOT
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LAUREL and HARDY The U.S. Tours [Second Edition. Extensively revised, reformatted. and expanded] — After the two comedians meet at the Hal Roach Studios, the story takes an unexpected route.... More > Instead of following them through the making of their films, we are led into a parallel world of public appearances, show business events, theatre tours, wartime fund raising tours, and troop shows. Revealed for the first time ever are details of three major U.S. city-to-city stage tours; numerous trips from the West to the East coast; three junkets to Mexico; and even a tour of Caribbean islands. On their travels, Laurel and Hardy meet a whole constellation of Hollywood stars; befriend a future President; and are invited to the White House. Stan and Babe emerge as warm and lovable, but vulnerable, men – and the reader will experience their every highlight and emotion throughout their long partnership.< Less
LAUREL and HARDY - The European Tours By A.J MARRIOT
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LAUREL and HARDY - The European Tours is a companion to the much acclaimed BRITISH TOURS. It details not only the stage tours Laurel and Hardy played around Denmark, Sweden, France, and Belgium -... More > from October 1947 to January 1948 - but the year the two Hollywood comedians spent in France, during the making of their 1950-51 film Atoll K. Included in this is a whistle-stop promotional visit to Italy, taking in San Remo, Genoa, Milan and Rome. In addition are details of two earlier visits to France - one by Laurel in 1927, and one by both comedians in 1932.< Less