This work challenges the orthodox view of Laurel and Hardy as "innocent" slapstick clowns suitable mainly for children. Through a detailed, film-by-film analysis, the author reveals Stan and Ollie as complex characters whose role-play involves not only ambiguities of age and class but gender reversal and mock-eroticism as well. The book includes a concordance of gags and situations in the team's 106 movies. This book will fascinate not only Laurel and Hardy buffs but anyone interested in sexual politics and the cinema.
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Book Description U.K / Cassell, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. This challenges the orthodox view of Laurel & Hardy as slapstick clowns suitable for children. By relating the films to their social context, he shows how they reflect the tensions in Americas Jazz Age. A 1st edition hardback with a laminated cover, in new condition. (232 pages). Bookseller Inventory # 98