Title

'Stan & Ollie' a Homage to Comedy Duo at the Winter KCET Cinema Series on November 13

Q&A immediately following with director Jon S. Baird, and co-stars Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson.

As one of the world’s most famous comedy teams, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made over 107 films together between 1927 and 1950. They were among few stars who were able to transition successfully from silent films to the 'Talkies.' Jon S. Baird’s film, starring Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy, is a touching portrait of two best friends, creative partners and beloved Hollywood stars as they embark on a tour of musical halls across Britain and Ireland, their reign as kings of slapstick comedy behind them and an uncertain future ahead.

The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

“You just have this wonderful picture of these two guys that had been such giants staying at little guest houses, playing tiny theatres and not realizing they did it because they loved each other,” says screenwriter Jeff Pope. “This is the thing that inspired me to write the whole film. It’s a love story between two men.”

Story continues below

The film screens at 7:00 p.m. at the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks. Immediately following the screening, Deadline film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen in KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate a Q&A session with director Jon S. Baird, and co-stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

“Stan & Ollie” will be released in theaters on December 2 by Sony Pictures Classics.

Deadline.com is the presenting sponsor for the winter season of the KCET Cinema Series, which runs October 23 through December 11. The winter series is sold out and there will not be walk-up admissions available for the screenings.        

We are dedicated to providing you with articles like this one. Show your support with a tax-deductible contribution to KCET. After all, public media is meant for the public. It belongs to all of us.

Keep Reading