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Bowler Dessert Online

  • Bowler Dessert Online's mission is simply to help to perpetuate the memories of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and their films.
  • The site was launched on 16th April 1999.

It is maintained by Willie McIntyre, 39 Bankhouse Avenue, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA30 9PF.


Stan Laurel

  • Real name Arthur Stanley Jefferson. Born in Ulverston, England on June 16th, 1890.
  • Auburn hair, blue eyes. Height 5ft 9in. Weight 10st 10lb (in 1933).
  • Educated at King James Grammar School, Bishop Auckland.
  • Following stage appearances in England as a comedian, toured America in Fred Karno's Company in 1910. Became producer for a short time. Successful comedy roles on screen since around 1917.
  • Married to four women: 1926-35 Lois Neilsen, 1935-37 and 1941-46 Virginia Ruth Rogers, 1938-40 Vera Ivanova Shuvalova ("Illeana") and 1946-65 Ida Kitaeva Raphael, who survived him. Mae Charlotte Dahlberg was his common-law wife from 1918 till 1925.
  • Legally changed his name to Stan Laurel in 1931, preferring "Stan" to "Stanley".
  • Two children, Lois and Stanley Robert. Robert lived only a few weeks.
  • According to his wife Ruth, Stan could dance and yodel and believed in reincarnation.
  • Died on 23rd February, 1965.

Oliver Hardy

  • Real name Norvell Hardy. Born in Harlem, Georgia, USA on January 18th, 1892.
  • Black hair, brown eyes. Height 6ft 2in.
  • At his heaviest, weighed 25st.
  • Long and varied experience on the stage and screen.
  • Married three times: 1913-1920 Madelyn Saloshin, 1921-1937 Myrtle Lee Reeves, 1940-1957 Virginia Lucille Jones.
  • No children.
  • Had a leaf-shaped tattoo on the inside of his right forearm.
  • Won more than thirty-five trophies, including two gold medals, for his ability on the golf course.
  • Never legally added "Oliver" to his name.
  • Died on August 7th, 1957.


Laurel and Hardy Films

Listed here is the title used in the original American release, followed by the date of the first release in America and a description. All feature and featurette films have sound. In total there are 106 films.

  • Lucky Dog, The (1921) Silent short
  • Forty-five Minutes from Hollywood (1926) Silent short
  • Duck Soup (1927) Silent short
  • Slipping Wives (1927) Silent short
  • Love 'Em and Weep (1927) Silent short
  • Why Girls Love Sailors (1927) Silent short
  • With Love and Hisses (1927) Silent short
  • Sugar Daddies (1927) Silent short
  • Sailors Beware! (1927) Silent short
  • Second Hundred Years, The (1927) Silent short
  • Now I'll Tell One (1927) Silent short
  • Call of the Cuckoos (1927) silent short
  • Hats Off (1927) Silent short
  • Do Detectives Think? (1927) Silent short
  • Putting Pants on Philip (1927) Silent short
  • Battle of the Century, The (1927) Silent short
  • Leave 'Em Laughing (1928) Silent short
  • Flying Elephants (1928) Silent short
  • Finishing Touch, The (1928) Silent short
  • From Soup to Nuts (1928) Silent short
  • You're Darn Tootin' (1928) Silent short
  • Their Purple Moment (1928) Silent short
  • Should Married Men Go Home? (1928) Silent short
  • Early to Bed (1928) Silent short
  • Two Tars (1928) Silent short
  • Habeas Corpus (1928) Silent short
  • We Faw Down (1928) Silent short
  • Liberty (1929) Silent short
  • Wrong Again (1929) Silent short
  • That's My Wife (1929) Silent short
  • Big Business (1929) Silent short
  • Unaccustomed As We Are (1929) Sound short
  • Double Whoopee (1929) Silent short
  • Berth Marks (1929) Sound short
  • Men o' War (1929) Sound short
  • Perfect Day (1929) Sound short
  • They Go Boom (1929) Sound short
  • Bacon Grabbers (1929) Silent short
  • Hoose-Gow, The (1929) Sound short
  • Hollywood Revue of 1929, The (1929) Feature
  • Angora Love (1929) Silent short
  • Night Owls (1930) Sound short
  • Blotto (1930) Sound short
  • Brats (1930) Sound short
  • Below Zero (1930) Sound short
  • Rogue Song, The (1930) Feature (colour)
  • Hog Wild (1930) Sound short
  • Laurel-Hardy Murder Case, The (1930) Sound short
  • Another Fine Mess (1930) Sound short
  • Be Big! (1931) Sound short
  • Chickens Come Home (1931) Sound short
  • Stolen Jools, The (1931) Sound short
  • Laughing Gravy (1931) Sound short
  • Our Wife (1931) Sound short
  • Pardon Us (1931) Feature
  • Come Clean (1931) Sound short
  • One Good Turn (1931) Sound short
  • Beau Hunks (1931) Featurette
  • On the Loose (1931) Sound short
  • Helpmates (1932) Sound short
  • Any Old Port (1932) Sound short
  • Music Box, The (1932) Sound short
  • Chimp, The (1932) Sound short
  • County Hospital (1932) Sound short
  • Scram! (1932) Sound short
  • Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) Feature
  • Towed in a Hole (1932) Sound short
  • Their First Mistake (1932) Sound short
  • Twice Two (1933) Sound short
  • Me and My Pal (1933) Sound short
  • Fra Diavolo (1933) Feature
  • Midnight Patrol, The (1933) Sound short
  • Busy Bodies (1933) Sound short
  • Wild Poses (1933) Sound short
  • Dirty Work (1933) Sound short
  • Sons of the Desert (1933) Feature
  • Oliver the Eighth (1934) Sound short
  • Hollywood Party (1934) Feature
  • Going Bye-Bye! (1934)Sound short
  • Them Thar Hills (1934) Sound short
  • Babes in Toyland (1934) Feature
  • Live Ghost, The (1934)Sound short
  • Tit for Tat (1935) Sound short
  • Fixer-Uppers, The (1935) Sound short
  • Thicker Than Water (1935) Sound short
  • Bonnie Scotland (1935) Feature
  • Bohemian Girl, The (1936) Feature
  • On the Wrong Trek (1936) Sound short
  • Our Relations (1936) Feature
  • Way Out West (1937) Feature
  • Pick a Star (1937) Feature
  • Swiss Miss (1938) Feature
  • Block-Heads (1938) Feature
  • Flying Deuces, The (1939) Feature
  • Chump at Oxford, A (1940) Feature
  • Saps at Sea (1940) Feature
  • Great Guns (1941) Feature
  • A-Haunting We Will Go (1942) Feature
  • Tree in a Test Tube, The (1943) Sound short (colour)
  • Air Raid Wardens (1943) Feature
  • Jitterbugs (1943) Feature
  • Dancing Masters, The (1943) Feature
  • Big Noise, The (1944) Feature
  • Nothing But Trouble (1945) Feature
  • Bullfighters, The (1945) Feature
  • Atoll K (1951) Feature