Little could the author have imagined, drawing a pencil sketch of The Boys as a mere teenager, that a few years later he'd actually be meeting Laurel & Hardy's boss-that Genial Purveyor of Joy and Laughter-HAL ROACH-and even less could he have imagined all the adventures and Brodies that were yet to unspool. No one can come close to duplicating the unique talents of James ("DOH!") Finlayson, one of the great comics who worked at the Hal Roach Studios throughout the '20s and '30s, among so many other unforgettable performers. The author never would have dared to attempt to portray Finlayson-until as an actor in 1990 he was cast to "recreate" Fin's character in a General Motors silent comedy industrial short which would also star Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy! One day this former comedy-crazed kid from San Diego would show this very film to none other than Mr. Hal Roach himself, whom he had first met in 1973 while a 20-year-old undergraduate of the UCLA Motion Picture/Television Department, and who was, years later, invited by Mr. Roach to stay in his home to help the 96-year-old prepare the script for his "come back comedy." This book contains a complete and detailed overview of Hal Roach's career, from his arrival in Hollywood in 1912 during the earliest days of movie making, to the creation of a studio dedicated to the production of world-wide popular film comedies, to his pioneering work at the birth of the talkies and his virtual launching of the television industry in Hollywood twenty years after that, and on through the 100th year of his exuberantly productive life.