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Bring some laughter to your Holiday gifts this year with these splendid books about Stan and Ollie.

THE LAUREL & HARDY MOVIE SCRIPTS is a 6"x 9," 286 page paperback which contains 20 original screenplays for short films from 1926 through 1934, never before published, with many scenes not used in the films. Many rare illustrations complement the text, which includes an introduction by Randy Skretvedt for each of the scripts, providing background information and noting differences from script to screen.

LAUREL & HARDY ON THE RADIO & ON THE PHONE! - RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED AUDIO 1944-1964 is a HARDCOVER 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" 85 page book. The book contains essays by Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein, Randy Skretvedt, Richard W. Bann, and others, with dozens and dozens of never-before-seen photographs. There are two audio CDs containing over 95 minutes of super rare audio, including, for the very first time, a brand-new, never before heard or known of second 1944 NBC Radio audition, "No Dumber Plumbers." Also included is a long-thought lost hour-long interview with Stan Laurel in a private, candid conversation that he had no idea was being recorded.

LAUREL & HARDY ON STAGE! RARE AND UNRELEASED LIVE PERFORMANCES 1942-1957 is a HARDCOVER 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" 136 page book which contains essays by Randy Skretvedt and Peter Mikkelsen and dozens and dozens of never-before-seen photographs, many from Stan Laurel's personal scrapbooks. There are two audio CD's containing over 137 minutes of super rare audio, including, for the very first time, two different versions of "The Driver's License Sketch" which have never before been released -- a live performance from a camp show in Dayton, Ohio in 1942, and another, extended version from Copenhagen in 1948. There's also a lengthy 1957 interview with Stan (in pristine audio) and a 1944 NBC Radio audition, "Mr. Slater's Poultry Market," taken from first-generation discs.

LAUREL & HARDY: THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MOVIES - THE ULTIMATE EDITION is an 8.5" x 11" HARDCOVER book, 630 pages, which details how each of the team's 106 films was created. Interviews with more than 60 of the team's associates, excerpts from the original scripts, and 1,000 rare and previously unpublished photographs create a vivid, you-are-there account of Stan, Babe, Hal Roach, and their many talented co-workers making these classic films. VERY FEW COPIES REMAIN, so act now! (Note that the new edition, despite what Amazon may lead you to believe, is a HARDCOVER ONLY; any paperbacks are 22 to 31 years old and have half the text and one-fourth the photos!)

MAGIC and SCRIPTS are available from Magic and Scripts - Amazon and from; RADIO and STAGE are available from and Radio and Stage - Amazon

Our friends in the UK may order "Magic" here; the "Scripts" book is available from Amazon worldwide. laurel and hardy the magic behind the movies: Books

With best wishes always,

Randy Skretvedt