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Laurel and Hardy on film
By Pauline Hawkins
STILL crazy after all these years – Laurel and Hardy will be brought to life on the silver screen tomorrow night as Calderdale pays homage to their timeless comedy capers.
The grand festival of nostalgia at the Rex Cinema, Elland (7.30pm to 10pm) will bring memories of Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Hardy flooding back for many and provide a feast of fun for first-timers.
Their best-loved feature, Way Out West, will be screened together with three of their famous "two-reelers", The Midnight Patrol, Dirty Work and Live Ghost.
Rex owner Charles Morris said: "We have had some splendid Laurel and Hardy evenings in the past.
"There was a real magic atmosphere; it is amazing to witness how fresh and funny these films are, even though they are about 70 years old.
"It gives everybody the opportunity to savour the works of these first-class comedians – those who remember them from years ago and the present generation who may be seeing them for the first time.
"Seeing them in the cinema, with everbody laughing around you, is a rarity nowadays and is something that cannot be experienced on TV. This is a fun night for all ages."
Some special guests have been invited, including Stan Laurel's cousin, Nancy Wardell, who lives in Dewsbury.
Across Britain there are 39 "tents" or groups of Laurel and Hardy's international fan club – known as the Sons of the Desert – the nearest spanning Huddersfield, Mirfield, Bradford and Wakefield.
Organist Eddie Ruhier will play from 7pm and during the interval.
Admission is £4 (children and senior citizens £3).
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