Nowadays, it is near-unthinkable to have a film without sound, color or digital touches. But nearly a century ago, people were watching silent films, where people performed incredible stunts and gags and caught the audience’s attention, awe and applause. They were entertainment at its newborn, most pure form - people carrying out all sorts of outrageous antics – and they still hold firm even today. The greatest silent cinema stars – in my hones opinion anyway, I’ve seen Chaplin and Lloyd – were Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The thin, child-like Laurel and the beefy, stubborn Hardy fit together like hydrogen and oxygen; their antics were timeless and set the blueprint for the comic double-act of polar opposites that became a staple of comedy. Their rapport was incredible: even when they disagreed and argued and fought it was the same as if they were friends doing teamwork, something difficult to capture – and in fact they were the best of friends offscreen (ironically it was Stan who was the brains of the group, while Ollie was the content one who went along). They were two of the best entertainers ever; even when sound films came into vogue, their talent did not fade away, but in fact adjusted to the new medium (the line “That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into” is an immortalized example). Their appeal lasted till about the mid-20th century, then they sort of faded into the background with the incoming of more spectacular films. However, occasionally people stumble on their films, like I did, and enjoy their lively b/w performances. Here are clips from some of their best films (these are documentary clips, so please excuse the additional dialogue/music/audioFX, but otherwise they’re great): Laurel and Hardy - "Putting Pants on Philip" - YouTube (Scots may find this a WEE bit weird) Laurel and Hardy - "Wrong Again" - YouTube (Horsies!) Laurel and Hardy - "The Finishing Touch" - YouTube (Just as good at building as the Wreckers) LAUREL & HARDY : FUGITIVE - YouTube (Never, EVER get a crab in your pants) Laurel and Hardy - "You're Darn Tootin'" - YouTube (A fight begins for kicks, and then for underwear) Anyone has any silent films they enjoy, please feel free to comment on this thread.