Babe: The Life of Oliver Hardy

Babe: The Life of Oliver Hardy

by John McCabe


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In this affectionate biography, John McCabe traces the life and times of one of America’s best-loved comics. Oliver “Babe” Hardy had been destined for a legal career, but he was obsessed with the motion picture industry and eventually moved to Hollywood. By the mid-1920s, he was working as an all-purpose comic at the legendary Hal Roach studio. Laurel and Hardy’s partnership with the pioneer filmmaker and producer began in 1926. Within a year of their first appearance, they were being touted as the new comedy duo. After collaborating on a number of silent pictures, they seamlessly made the transition to talking films, building a reputation for a warm, charismatic, casual style of comedy. But Hardy’s life was not all laughter and fun. His performances were overshadowed by a depressing paradox: although he despised being overweight, his comic identity depended on it. In Babe: The Life of Oliver Hardy, John McCabe looks at the public triumphs and personal tribulations of this celebrated comic actor.

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ISBN-13: 9781861057815
Publisher: Anova Books
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Beatthat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An endearing and sad tale of one of the greatest comic actors of all time. Memorable.