Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Laurel and Hardy in Four Languages

Film buffs--and certainly Laurel and Hardy buffs--are no doubt aware of the once-prevalant early talkie practice of reshooting entire movies for foreign markets using the same sets but usually a different director and often entirely different actors! In the case of Stan and Ollie, though, since they were, in fact, what sold the picture, they couldn't be replaced. Thus, they made their way through various foreign scripts phonetically, redoing their dialogue in German, French and Spanish...languages they did NOT speak! Here's an interesting 1930 article on exactly that. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this.

    I knew that Laurel and Hardy filmed many scenes in several languages (and foreign editors made their own adjustments), but I love the article and the way it's written.

    But most of all, I love those crazy 1930 layouts!