Laurel & Hardy
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During their partnership Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson, 16 June 1890, Ulverston, Lancashire (later Cumbria), England, d. 23 February 1965, Santa Monica, California, USA) and Hardy (b. Oliver Norvell Hardy, 18 January 1892, Harlem, Georgia, USA, d. 7 August 1957, North Hollywood, California, USA) made silent and talking films. In 1910 and 1912 Laurel toured the USA with Fred Karno, opting to stay. Between 1917 and 1927 he made 75 shorts, before teaming with Hardy. Meanwhile, Hardy sang professionally from the age of eight, made his film debut in 1913, playing minor roles until partnering Laurel. After switching to talkies they appeared in film revues, such as The Hollywood Revue Of 1929, but also made some musical features, including The Rogue Song (1930, a lost film based upon Franz Lehárs operetta Gypsy Love, starring opera singer Lawrence Tibbett), and The Devils Brother (1933, UK title:Fra Diavolo, starring opera singer Dennis King)....