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The Laurel & Hardy Podcast

Patrick Vasey

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Entertaining and informative discussions abound as host Patrick Vasey and the world's top experts, authors and film historians take a chronological deep dive into the films of Laurel and Hardy. The production history and many untold stories are revealed about these well-loved comedy classics. Regular guests include the world's leading authorities on all things Stan and Ollie and Hal Roach Studios, such as Randy Skretvedt, Richard W. Bann, Glenn Mitchell, Rob Stone, Leonard Maltin, Neil Brand ...
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This episode is part one of a two-part look at Laurel and Hardy's second talking picture, Berth Marks. Following their successful first attempt at 'all-talking' comedies, how would Stan and Ollie handle their first adventure filming, not only, outdoors but on location in a noisy, bustling train station? In this solo episode, Patrick talks about the…
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To celebrate the podcast's 4th anniversary, we welcome the legendary film critic Leonard Maltin onto the show. Leonard discusses his lifelong love for Stan and Ollie, and Patrick asks him to choose his three favourite films. In addition, Leonard recounts his meetings with Buster Keaton as well as Laurel and Hardy co-stars Billy Gilbert and Dorothy …
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Episode 35 kicks off Season Two of the podcast properly and introduces us to Laurel and Hardy’s talking pictures. Patrick is joined by two of the world’s leading experts in the world of Laurel and Hardy and the Hal Roach Studios. Randy Skretvedt assists in discussing the production history of the boys’ first talkie, Unaccustomed As We Are, and Rich…
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In this very special bonus episode, Patrick welcomes Craig Raguse to the show. Craig is the grandson of the man who was given the responsibility of converting the Hal Roach Studios into a studio fit for producing talking pictures, Elmer Raguse. Craig discusses Elmer's early life and background, his move from the Victor Company in New Jersey to Roac…
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In this special bonus episode, recorded live in front of a Zoom audience of some of the Podcast’s Patrons, Patrick interviews Laurel & Hardy expert and film historian, Randy Skretvedt, all about his latest book, entitled March of the Wooden Soldiers:The Amazing Story of Laurel & Hardy’s Babes in Toyland. To purchase a copy of Randy’s new book, clic…
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To round off Laurel and Hardy's silent era, Patrick invites classic comedy expert Chris Seguin back to take one last look at the whole canon. Join us for a fascinating and fun discussion covering all the boys' films, from The Lucky Dog to Angora Love. For more exclusive content and benefits from The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, sign up to show your supp…
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With a tear in the eye, episode thirty-four brings Stan and Ollie’s silent period to a close. To discuss Laurel & Hardy’s swansong of their silent era, Angora Love, Patrick welcomes back to the Podcast classic comedy expert Chris Seguin. As well as discussing the film in focus, Chris and Patrick also consider Stan and Babe’s contemporaries, such as…
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On September 9th, 1953, Stan Laurel and Oliver ‘Babe’ Hardy arrived on a boat direct from the USA into the small harbour town of Cobh, Ireland, ahead of another tour of the theatres of Great Britain. The boys assumed that they would quietly disembark unnoticed by the townspeople - but that couldn’t be further from what happened. In this special bon…
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In Episode thirty-three, Patrick welcomes back to the Podcast Laurel & Hardy expert and author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies and The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts, Randy Skretvedt. Throughout the course of the show, Randy and Patrick talk about a film that is often overlooked in the Laurel & Hardy canon, Bacon Grabbers. Patrick and …
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In Episode 32, our attention turns to the first film that Stan and Babe made in 1929, Double Whoopee. Best known for a three-minute sequence starring a young Jean Harlow, Patrick and his special guest, Glenn Mitchell, discuss why the film is so much more than this one scene. In addition, the conversation also looks at the production history of the …
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Joining Patrick for this special edition of the podcast is Serge Bromberg from Lobster Films. Serge talks about the long-awaited release of Laurel & Hardy's 1927 silent shorts on Blu-ray. During the discussion, we find out what films are included and what we can expect from the set. As usual, Patrick asks his guest how he discovered Laurel & Hardy …
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Episode 31 completes our deep dive into Stan and Babe's 1929 masterpiece, Big Business. On the previous show, Episode 30, Randy Skretvedt and I discussed the film and also covered the mythology surrounding a couple of famous (or infamous) legends connected to the production - primarily Hal Roach's much-related tale that the wrong house was destroye…
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Episode 30 marks the third year anniversary of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast. In today's show, we hear from some of the podcast's loyal supporters about why they love the show so much. The big business in hand, though, is the first part of a two-episode deep dive into Laurel and Hardy's silent masterpiece, Big Business. Patrick discusses the film with…
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The Laurel & Hardy Podcast returns with Episode 29 and takes a deep dive into the next chronological release, Stan and Babe's hilarious 1929 release, That’s My Wife. Patrick welcomes returning guest expert, film historian and co-host of The Silent Comedy Watch Party, Steve Massa. During the show, Patrick and Steve discuss this most risqué of Laurel…
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In this very special bonus episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick chats with star of TV and stage Jeffrey Holland. Jeffrey is someone who can rightly be referred to as a member of UK TV royalty. His acting career on both stage and screen over the years has been prolific, appearing in such TV classics as Dad's Army, Are You Being Served? It …
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Under its new title, The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Episode 27 takes a deep dive into Stan and Babe's wonderful 1929 release, Wrong Again. Returning guest expert Glenn Mitchell pays a fitting tribute to the late film historian Dave Wyatt. During Patrick and Glenn's discussion about the film in focus, the two shine a torch on the musical score, the mec…
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Episode 26 has very lofty ambitions, as Patrick and his guests discuss Laurel & Hardy’s 1929 short, Liberty. In the footsteps of Harold Lloyd, Liberty is the one and only time Stan and Babe made an out-and-out ‘thrill’ picture and what a hilarious short it is! To help him to discuss the locations used for the filming of Liberty, Patrick welcomes a …
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In this 25th episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick provides an update on his forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents and makes a special announcement about the future of The Laurel & Hardy Magazine. The main business of the day, however, is to take a close look at the 1928 silent short, We Faw Down. To help him with the analysis of the f…
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In a bumper Episode 24, the Podcast has reached a pivotal moment in Laurel and Hardy’s cinematic history. Today’s film in focus, Habeas Corpus was not only the boys’ first out-and-out scare-comedy, but it was also the moment Stan and Babe took their first steps toward the talkies. Joining Patrick on this deep-dive into Habeas Corpus is first-time g…
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Joining us on this special bonus edition of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast is a man who has had a number of guises in his life, including as an actor, singer, and playwright, and to that list, he can now add the title author. In 2021, he published an extensive biography of music hall impresario, Fred Karno, entitled Fred Karno: The Legend Behind the La…
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In Episode 22, Patrick celebrates the 2nd anniversary of the Podcast and we hear birthday messages from some of the podcast’s many global listeners. In addition, Patrick also welcomes back to the Blogcast Laurel & Hardy expert and author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies and The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts, Randy Skretvedt. On the sho…
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Episode 21, sees Patrick offer a Laurel and Hardy handshake to returning guest and Hal Roach Studios expert, Richard W. Bann. This episode continues the discussion that Patrick had with Randy Skretvedt in Episode 20 about Stan and Babe’s 1928 silent short ‘Early to Bed’. As Randy didn’t much care for this classic yet divisive short, Patrick invites…
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In Episode Twenty, Patrick welcomes back to the Podcast Laurel & Hardy expert and author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies and The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts, Randy Skretvedt. Throughout the course of the show Randy and Patrick talk about a film that neither of them are overly fond of, Early to Bed, and find that they share a persona…
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Episode Nineteen sees the welcome return of special guest Glenn Mitchell. In the programme Patrick and Glenn discuss the first release from the officially designated ‘Laurel & Hardy’ series, 1928’s Should Married Men Go Home? Patrick explores Babe Hardy’s obsession with golf and also the golfing culture prevalent at the Hal Roach Studios. In additi…
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In this bumper Episode Eighteen, Patrick welcomes Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach Studios expert Richard W. Bann to the Podcast for the very first time. Richard is one of the foremost authorities on anything and everything connected to the Hal Roach Studios, including not only the films they produced but also its history, reputation and legacy as we…
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In a jam-packed Episode Seventeen and to help him discuss the 1928 silent short, You’re Darn Tootin’, Patrick welcomes two new, first-time special guests to the Podcast. First up is silent film accompanist, blogger, podcaster and host of The Silent Comedy Watch Party, Ben Model. Then Patrick welcomes his second guest, another world-renowned silent …
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In Episode Sixteen, Patrick focuses on the classic silent short, From Soup to Nuts from 1928. Helping him to discuss the film is ever popular and ever-entertaining returning guest, Randy Skretvedt. In addition to talking about the picture, Randy also shares his memories of a key member of The Laurel & Hardy Stock Company, Anita Garvin. To purchase …
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In a bumper Episode Fifteen, Patrick discusses the classic silent short from 1928, The Finishing Touch. This film was the first of Stan and Babe’s films where they appear as labourers with a job to do. Joining in the fun to discuss the films and much more besides are two very special guests, returning author, expert, and Laurel and Hardy historian,…
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Acting as something of a bridge between Episodes Thirteen and Fifteen, this episode is a special bonus edition of the Podcast where the focus of discussion is a man who appeared in both Leave ‘Em Laughing and The Finishing Touch, Edgar Kennedy. Patrick chats with special guest and Edgar Kennedy’s biographer, Bill Cassara. To purchase CDs of the Bea…
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In Episode Thirteen, Patrick chats with special guest, Nico Cartenstadt. As well as being a lifelong Laurel and Hardy fan, collector and Grand Sheik of Belgium’s Bogus Bandits Tent of the Sons of the Desert, Nico also co-wrote, Spot On! An Audiovisual Account of Laurel and Hardy’s 1952 British Tour with Michael Ehret. In addition to discussing the …
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In this first-year anniversary episode, Patrick celebrates the Podcast’s first birthday with members of the Podcast's online Community and from the wider fan community too. The film in focus on Episode 12 is the restored and (almost) complete version of the boys’ 1928 silent short, The Battle of the Century. Discussing this classic comedy with him …
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In Episode Eleven, Patrick welcomes back to the podcast returning guest and Laurel & Hardy expert and author of ‘The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia’, Glenn Mitchell. Moving another step along the Laurel & Hardy film chronology, Patrick and Glenn have great fun discussing Stan and Babe’s 1927 silent short, Putting Pants on Philip, as well as taking a d…
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On this second bonus episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick chats with Laurel & Hardy solo films expert and author Rob Stone. Returning to the Podcast for the first time since his appearance in Episode One, Rob chats with Patrick about the brand new Blu-ray release of restored Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy solo films. Patrick also takes the …
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The tenth episode of the Podcast is the final part of two back-to-back episodes containing a fantastic interview with the author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, Randy Skretvedt. In this continuation from Episode 9, Patrick chats with Randy about Stan and Babe's cameo appearance in the Max Davidson short, Call of the Cuckoo, and also…
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Episode Nine of the Podcast is the first of two episodes containing a fantastic interview with the author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, Randy Skretvedt. In this first part, Patrick asks Randy about his Laurel & Hardy backstory and they also discuss the pivotal 1927 silent short, The Second Hundred Years. To purchase a copy of Rand…
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In Episode Eight of the Podcast, Patrick chats with returning guest, author, silent film historian and co-host of the Silent Comedy Watch Parties on YouTube, Steve Massa. Along with the discussion of today’s film in focus, ‘Sugar Daddies’ (1927), the first short released under Hal Roach’s new distribution deal with MGM, the conversation also includ…
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On this special bonus episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick chats to Laurel & Hardy fan and long-time memorabilia collector Mark Hammond about collecting Stan and Ollie’s autographs. We discuss tips on how to spot fakes and how to buy with confidence. As usual, Patrick asks his guest for their Laurel & Hardy backstory and also the infamous…
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Episode Seven of the Podcast is the second of two episodes containing an interview with the author of The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, Glenn Mitchell. In this final part, Patrick and Glenn talk about the 1927 silent short, ‘Flying Elephants’ and also discuss the life and career of one of the film’s stars, Viola Richard. In addition, we also hear fr…
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Episode Six of the Podcast is the first of two episodes containing an interview with the author of The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, Glenn Mitchell. In this first part, Patrick and Glenn talk about Glenn’s Laurel & Hardy backstory, take a close look at the 1927 silent short, ‘Do Detectives Think?’ and the Tipton Slasher himself, Noah Young, as well …
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In another packed episode, Patrick has not one but two special guests. First, he talks to author Craig Calman about his friendship and association with Hal Roach, followed by a conversation with award-winning documentary filmmaker James Forsher about his forthcoming feature-length documentary about the life and career of Hal Roach. There are anothe…
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In a packed episode four, Patrick reviews the new blu-ray/DVD set, Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations and talks to Laurel & Hardy aficianado, Chris Seguin about the two films in focus, Why Girls Love Sailors (1927) and With Love and Hisses (1927). They also discuss the influence of silent comedy star Harry Langdon on Stan Laurel and also C…
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In this third episode, Patrick talks with Stephen Rettie about his family connection to Laurel & Hardy co-star and fan favourite, James Finlayson. The episode charts Finlayson's history growing up in Larbert, Scotland and emigrating to California and becoming a global star. The two Laurel & Hardy films in focus are Slipping Wives (1927) and Love 'E…
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In this second episode Patrick talks with silent film historian, Steve Massa about his connections with the world of Laurel and Hardy. The two audio blogs focus on the next two films in the Laurel and Hardy canon, being 45 Minutes From Hollywood (1926) and Duck Soup (1927) and Steve gives his take on them both. To read the blog on 45 Minutes From H…
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In this very first episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, host Patrick Vasey introduces the premise of the series and focuses on Laurel and Hardy's first appearance together on screen, 'The Lucky Dog' (1921). To help him to discuss the film, as well as Stan and Babe's solo careers is film archivist and groundbreaking author of Laurel OR Hardy, The …
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Introducing The Laurel & Hardy Blogcast. In each episode I'll be looking at and discussing the films of Laurel and Hardy, the world's best loved comedy duo. In addition, I have a great line up of special guests who will be joining me, from authors, experts, film archivists, officiandos and regular fans alike. If you love Laurel and Hardy, this podc…
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