• The Final Film Of Laurel And Hardy

The Final Film Of Laurel And Hardy

The Final Film Of Laurel And Hardy

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  • Author
    Norbert Aping
  • Publisher
    Mcfarland
  • Publication date
    10 January 2014

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Final Film Of Laurel And Hardy

  • Author

    Norbert Aping

  • Date Published

    10 January 2014

  • Publisher

    Mcfarland

  • Pages

    280 pages

  • ISBN

    9780786451746

Book Description

The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy's ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film's 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film's production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film's script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film's many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography.

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