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  • In a major coup for Faye Ward and her relatively new Fable Pictures, the rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy have been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.
  • Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were the first choices of director Jon S. Baird and screenwriter Jeff Pope for the roles of Laurel and Hardy.
  • Jeff Pope has described Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as his heroes.
  • Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are both Oscar nominees.
  • Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy also visited the Republic of Ireland on their final tour. They were warmly greeted by hundreds of people.
  • After the Second World War, Laurel & Hardy opened the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway in Kent. It was the smallest passenger train in the world.
  • Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly also starred together in Holmes & Watson (2018).
  • Current Scotland football manager Alex McLeish is an extra reading the paper in the hotel foyer as Stan Laurel is at reception. Alex is a friend of the director.
  • Bernard Delfont was from a show business family. One of his brothers was Lew Grade, who would go on to start ATV Music Corp for which the company would buy and owned The Beatles music publishing company, Northern Songs. Grade would start ITC, responsible for classic television shows including Thunderbirds (1965), The Prisoner (1967), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), and The Muppet Show (1976). Grade (later Lord Grade) also produced many feature films, such as Capricorn One (1977), The Boys from Brazil (1978), Raise the Titanic (1980), On Golden Pond (1981) and Sophie's Choice (1982). Delfont was also the uncle of Michael Grade, who would go on to be the Controller of BBC One, and then CEO of Channel 4 in the UK.
  • A Laurel & Hardy museum, which contains many artifacts of Stan Laurel's career, is located in his birthplace, Ulverston, Cumbria. Laurel occasionally dropped by to visit his parents. When he and Oliver Hardy visited the town as part of their 1953 UK tour, a huge crowd welcomed them. A bronze statue of Laurel & Hardy is outside the town hall.
  • Hal Roach outlived both his stars by quite a bit when he died in November 1992, aged 100. He was only four days older than Oliver Hardy, and 18 months younger than Stan Laurel.
  • The "Elephant movie" that caused so much tension between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was officially titled Zenobia (1939). Hardy co-starred with Harry Langdon, who was briefly a major silent comedy film star himself in association with Frank Capra. The press considered it the break up of Laurel & Hardy. Langdon & Hardy received much press, but Roach never intended for them to be a permanent team.
  • When Oliver Hardy was finally free of his contract with Hal Roach Studios, he was finally able to sign on to one or two picture deals alongside Stan Laurel for other film studios. Most fans of the duo believe that those films, with the possible exception of The Flying Deuces (1939), marked a decline in quality from the pair. The scripts were often bad, and they were starting to show their age. Newer double acts, such as Abbot & Costello, and Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour started to become popular. Laurel and Hardy continued to made films, at a slower rate, until 1945. Their last film, Utopia (1951), was poorly received, killing their hopes of a comeback.
  • Stan Laurel was a native of Ulverston, Cumbria, in northwest England. For several years, the Ulverston Brewing Company of Cumbria have been making a selection of bottled and draught beers with Laurel and Hardy themed names, such as Lonesome Pine and Laughing Gravy.
  • In the original 1930s County Hospital scene... Stan brought Ollie some white hard boiled eggs but in the movie the reproduced 1953 scene on the English stage tour uses brown eggs. In reality, brown hens eggs were rarely seen in the UK until the late 1960s.
  • The film was released nationwide in the United States on Oliver Hardy's birthday.
  • The small gold badges which Stan and Ollie wear in their lapels for much of the film relate to the Grand Order of Water Rats, a British trust through which members of the entertainment industry make donations to deserving people and charities. Stan and Ollie were Water Rats 465 and 466 respectively.
  • Steve Coogan wore blue contacts to play Stan Laurel.
  • Steve Coogan was born almost eight months after Stan Laurel's death.
  • Dedicated to the memory of Lois Laurel, Stan Laurel's daughter, who died in 2017.
  • Irish author John Connolly, known for his horror, mystery and fantasy work, wrote "he: A Novel" which is a touching, quasi-fictional biography of Stan Laurel, with Babe, as Ollie was known. In one chapter, Connolly writes about the Boys' return to the U.K., the subject of this film. At one stop, the Boys were serenaded by several hundred fans whistling their theme song.
  • It may appear that the taxis outside the Savoy Hotel are driving on the wrong side of the road, but Savoy Court is the only named street in the UK where you drive on the right instead of the left. It is believed that this was to enable women to exit cars first, since they traditionally sat behind the driver of the carriage or cab.
  • An image supposedly of the Hal E. Roach Studios (demolished in 1963) stood in the background of an early shot. The studio shown was actually the Culver Studios, built by Thomas H. Ince and later owned by David O. Selznick. The Culver Studios has a colonial-styled building and a white facade with grand columns. Many available photos of the Roach Studios show that it had a much different architectural style.
  • Scotland football manager Alex McLeish appears as an extra in the background of the pavilion scene.
  • In the opening explanation title cards, it states that many of their films were dubbed into other languages for foreign countries. While their sound films from 1932 forward were dubbed, between 1930 and 1932 Stan and Babe learned to perform the scripts for several films phonetically in other languages, and actors who spoke those languages filled in the other parts. Multiple language versions of films like Blotto (1930) and Chickens Come Home- (1931) survive and are available on DVD and digital.
  • They actually arrived in Ireland at the start of the Britain and Ireland tour in Cobh Co Cork to a huge welcome that gave them great satisfaction and spurred them on. The tune you hear is the local organist in the cathedral in Cobh who played the cuckoo waltz as they disembarked from the ship.
  • The film that they show Stan and Ollie filming in the the beginning of the movie is "Way Out West" (1937).
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