100 YEARS OF BRODIES WITH HAL ROACH: THE JAUNTY JOURNEYS OF A HOLLYWOOD MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION PIONEER (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Craig Calman

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When author Craig Calman was a mere teenager, he drew a pencilsketch of Laurel and Hardy. Little could he have imagined that a few years laterhe would actually meet Hal Roach, their boss, that genial purveyor of joy and laughter.Even less could he have imagined all the adventures and brodies that were yet tounspool.

 

Calman, a former fifteen-year-old comedy-crazed kid from SanDiego, made a Laurel and Hardy-style comedy on 8mm film. In 1973, when he was twentyand an undergraduate of the UCLA Motion Picture/Television Department, he firstmet Hal and interviewed him extensively for his term paper on American Film Comedy. Yearslater, ninety-six-year-old Hal invited Calman to stay in his home and help preparethe script for his “comeback comedy.”

 

This book contains personal anecdotes of Calman’s friendshipwith this pioneer producer Hal Roach, and presents a complete and detailed overviewof his career, from the adventurous youth’s arrival in Hollywood in 1912 duringthe earliest days of moviemaking to the creation of a studio dedicated to the productionof worldwide popular film comedies.

 

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