A.J MARRIOT - Speaker
hosts the following talks and Power-Point Presentations:

Each presentation features rare stills and rare footage of Laurel & Hardy and/or Charlie Chaplin, complemented by 'live' commentary from the man who knows more about these subjects than any other - 'A.J' Marriot.

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   23 May 2015

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES,

Northern IRELAND, and Republic of IRELAND TOURS

[ based on the book 'LAUREL and HARDY The British Tours' ]

LAUREL and HARDY - The 1932 British Tour

LAUREL and HARDY Southampton BRITISH TOURS 1932

LAUREL and HARDY Edinburgh BRITISH TOURS 1932

LAUREL and HARDY Newcastle BRITISH TOURS 1932

LAUREL and HARDY New York BRITISH TOURS 1932

Arriving at Southampton
on the Aquitania

Escaping over the rooftops,
at their Edinburgh Hotel

Being waved off by fans,
at Newcastle Station

Arriving back in New York,
on the SS Paris

In 1932 LAUREL and HARDY did a lightning tour of England and Scotland, making one-off stage appearances;
taking in: London, Newcastle, Tynemouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blackpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and Birmingham.

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LAUREL and HARDY - The 1947 British Tour

LAUREL and HARDY Southampton BRITISH TOURS 1947

LAUREL and HARDY London Palladium BRITISH TOURS 1947

LAUREL and HARDY RHDR Railway BRITISH TOURS 1947

LAUREL and HARDY Tynemouth BRITISH TOURS 1947

Arriving at Southampton,
on board the Queen Elizabeth

Backstage at the
London Palladium

Re-opening the Romney Hythe
& Dymchurch Railway

With the Mayor,
in Tynemouth

Follow LAUREL and HARDY through their 30-week tour of England and Scotland,
playing Variety Shows at all the major Moss Empires, Hipodromes, and theatres in holiday resorts.

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LAUREL and HARDY - The 1952 and 1953-54 British Tours

LAUREL and HARDY A Spot of Trouble BRITISH TOURS 1952

LAUREL HARDY with NORMAN WISDOM 1952

LAUREL HARDY in NEWCASTLE 1953

LAUREL HARDY in BOTTESFORD 1953

In costume, ready for
A Spot of Trouble. 1952

Prince of Wales theatre
With Norman Wisdom. 1952

Best of pals. Newcastle
Empire. November 1953

Christmas Day 1953
Bull Inn, Bottesford

Laurel and Hardy returned to the British Variety stage in 1952, and 1953.
This presentation is a Pictorial Journey through those tours.

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APPEARANCES

DATE

VENUE

CITY

TITLE

LINK

COMMENTS

06 May
2012

Holiday
Inn

CHATHAM

LAUREL and HARDY - The Atlantic Crossings

Convention Report

see 26 May 2013
and 4 May 2014

29 Sep.
2012

Cinema
Museum

LONDON SE11

FRED KARNO COMPANY - The US Tours

CinemaMuseum

Fred Karno Company

19 Oct.
2012

Lowther
Pavilion

LYTHAM FY8

LAUREL and HARDY in BLACKPOOL

Lowther Pavilion

Theatre show

28 Nov.
2012

Sun Hotel

HITCHIN

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON

Hitchin Initiative

see Hitchin Festival - July

26 Feb.
2013

Guildhall

GRANTHAM

LAUREL and HARDY in GRANTHAM

Guildhall

Grantham Journal

26 May
2013

Holiday
Inn

CHATHAM

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON 1947

Helpmates UK

see 4 May 2014

18 June
2013

John Clare
Theatre

PETERBOROUGH

LAUREL and HARDY in PETERBOROUGH

Peboro Library

Theatre show

2 July
2013

Sun Hotel

HITCHIN

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON

Hitchin Initiative

Hitchin Festival

25 July
2013

Sun Hotel

HITCHIN

STAN LAUREL - The Life & Times

Hitchin Initiative

Hitchin Festival

24 Aug.
2013

Metropole
Hotel

BLACKPOOL

LAUREL and HARDY in BLACKPOOL

Stan & Olliday

as part of 'Olliday' package

4 May
2014

Holiday
Inn

CHATHAM

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON 1932

Helpmates UK

book on-line







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LAUREL and HARDY - The Wartime Shows in America

[ based on the book 'LAUREL and HARDY The US Tours' ]

LAUREL HARDY DRIVERS LICENCE sketch 1940

LAUREL HARDY OMAHA 1940

LAUREL HARDY ATLANTIC CITY 1941

LAUREL HARDY CINCINNATI 1942

LAUREL HARDY WASHINGTON 1942

The Driver's Licence
1940 Tour

Dressed for the Minnesota
v Nebraska game.
1940

Leading the 'Parade of
Stars.' Atlantic City. 1941

Selling War Bonds in
Cincinnati. Feb. 1942

Stealing a jeep in
Washington. May 1942

The previously untold story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy living a dual life on stage - performing shows across the USA, plus details and photographs from previously unknown personal appearances and performances at show business events, benefit shows, and award ceremonies.

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LAUREL and HARDY - Pilots of the Caribbean

[ based on the book 'LAUREL and HARDY The US Tours' ]

LAUREL HARDY NEW YORK MIAMI 1941

LAUREL HARDY CARIBBEAN

LAUREL HARDY PUERTO RICO 1941

LAUREL HARDY in the CARIBBEAN

LAUREL HARDY PUERTO RICO 1941

'The Flying Showboat'
leaving New York.

Stan Laurel - pilot
Oliver Hardy - navigator

Backstage at an Air Base
in Puerto Rico. 1941

On an outdoor stage, at
an Air Base on St. Croix

Performing to troops in
an aircraft hangar.

In 1941, the USO asked for volunteers from among Hollywood stars to go and entertain the troops stationed on Caribbean islands. Laurel & Hardy headed the first ever company to do so, and overcame their fear of flying, to fly the 10,000 miles involved. The talk is rich in photos from those shows on all the islands and bases visited.

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LAUREL and HARDY - The Atlantic Crossings

LAUREL and HARDY sailing to England Aquitania 1932

LAUREL and HARDY Queen Elizabeth 1947

LAUREL and HARDY Queen Mary 1952

LAUREL and HARDY SS America 1953

Stan and Babe relaxing on
board the Aquitania. 1932

Queen Elizabeth
Southampton. 1947

Queen Mary 1952
Leaving via Sun Deck

SS America 1953
En route for Ireland

One might believe that Laurel and Hardy barely strayed off the path between their homes and the film studio, but this presentation follows them on numerous trips across the Atlantic to play shows in Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe, whilst revealing the lavish style of the luxury liners of yesteryear. Richly illustrated with rare photographs and news footage. [Runs 60 mins.]

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LAUREL and HARDY on the EUROPEAN STAGE

[ based on the book 'LAUREL and HARDY The European Tours' ]

LAUREL and HARDY in Denmark and Sweden

LAUREL and HARDY in Copenhagen Denmark 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in Copenhagen Denmark 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in Stockholm SWEDEN 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in Stockholm SWEDEN 1947

A right Royal welcome
in Copenhagen. 1947

Waving to fans from their
Copenhagen hotel. 1947

Clowning with two Swedish
comics in Stockholm. 1947

Savouring some schnapps
in Stockholm. 1947

In October 1947 Laurel and Hardy played tours throughout Denmark, and Sweden.

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LAUREL and HARDY in France and Belgium (1947)

LAUREL and HARDY in Paris France 1947

LAUREL and HARDY Paris Lido France 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in Brussels Alhambra BELGIUM 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in Brussels Alhambra BELGIUM 1947

Tickling the fancy of a
French starlet. Paris 1947

LAH with one of the acts
at the Lido de Paris. 1947

Arriving at the Alhambra
Theatre, Brussels. 1947

Rehearsing at the
Alhambra, Brussels. 1947

From late 1947 to early 1948 Laurel and Hardy played tours throughout France and Belgium.

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LAUREL and HARDY in France and Italy (1950)

LAUREL and HARDY in Paris FRANCE 1950

LAUREL and HARDY in San Remo ITALY 1950

LAUREL and HARDY in Milan ITALY 1950

LAUREL and HARDY in Paris FRANCE 1951

Banner welcoming Laurel
and Hardy to Paris. 1950

Locals greeting Stan and Ollie
at San Remo Station. 1950

Arriving at Milan,
with their wives. 1950

Celebrating Hardy's birthday
Paris - 18 January 1951

Then, from June 1950 to the spring of 1951, they made numerous personal appearances in Paris, Marseilles,
San Remo, Genoa, Milan, and Rome. This presentation is a Pictorial Journey through those tours.

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LOCALITIES

The following talks are custom-designed to suit specific locations:

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON 1932

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON 1932

LAUREL HARDY LONDON 1932

LAUREL and HARDY BBC LONDON 1932

LAUREL HARDY LONDON 1932

Stan having tea with his
dad, at the Savoy

With Joan Crawford and
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Making a 'live'
BBC radio broadcast

Leaving London.
August 1932

In 1932, almost at the peak of their film career, Laurel and Hardy spent several weeks in London, attending events,
visiting theatres, and making public appearances. Follow them as they get mobbed everywhere they show up.

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LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON 1947

LAUREL and HARDY in LONDON PALLADIUM 1947

LAUREL HARDY TRAFALGAR SQUARE 1947

LAUREL HARDY Ideal Homes Exhibition LONDON 1947

LAUREL HARDY Royal  Variety Show LONDON 1947

With 'cop' Harry Moreny
London Palladium. 1947

Catching pigeons in
Trafalgar Square. 1947

Ideal Homes Exhibition
London, 1947

Royal Variety Show
London Palladium. 1947

Following the de-restrictions of passenger boats crossing the Atlantic, LAUREL and HARDY were the first major Hollywood stars to play the prestigious London Palladium. They went on to play the Coliseum, Lewisham Hippodrome, Wimbledon Theatre, Finsbury Park Empire, and Chiswick Empire, plus visiting many of the main London attractions. This is a pictorial diary of their time in England's capital city.

Other titles include:

LAUREL and HARDY in MORECAMBE
LAUREL and HARDY in BLACKPOOL
LAUREL and HARDY in PETERBOROUGH
LAUREL and HARDY in GRANTHAM
LAUREL and HARDY in BARKSTON and BOTTESFORD
LAUREL and HARDY in NOTTINGHAM

LAUREL and HARDY at BUTLINS SKEGNESS

You can also request talks be compiled to suit your geographical area,
but these will incur additional booking fees. e.g.

LAUREL and HARDY in BRIGHTON

LAUREL and HARDY in YORKSHIRE
(Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, York)

LAUREL and HARDY in LANCASHIRE

LAUREL and HARDY on the LANCASHIRE COAST
(Blackpool and Morecambe)

LAUREL and HARDY in WALES
(Cardiff, Swansea, Rhyl)

LAUREL and HARDY in SCOTLAND
(Edinburgh, Glasgow)

LAUREL and HARDY in NORTHERN IRELAND
(Belfast)

LAUREL and HARDY in the REPUBLIC of IRELAND
(Dublin, Dun Laoghaire)

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BIOGRAPHIES

STAN LAUREL - From Lancashire to Los Angeles

  Just how a did a young lad from a lowly town in Lancashire, scale to the heights of one of the greatest screen comedians in Hollywood history? Audience members will follow the show business path the young Arthur Stanley Jefferson trod, starting with the British pantomimes and plays he appeared in as a youth; then travel with him to America with the Fred Karno Company where, between 1910 and 1914, he completes several tours in American Vaudeville.

STAN JEFFERSON 1905

FRED KARNO COMPANY 1910

STAN and MAE LAUREL 1919

STAN and MAE LAUREL 1922

LAUREL AND HARDY 1927 CLASSIC POSE

From boy comedian
in Britain, to ...

... Fred Karno comedian
in Britain and America

... to double act in
American Vaudeville ...

... into solo films
with Hal Roach ...

... into finding the
perfect partner.

  For the next eight yours we see him still learning his craft in Vaudeville, playing comedy sketches with various partners. 1922 to 1926 finds him making solo films, before finally meeting the legendary partner he is to work with for the next twenty eight years. This screen presentation is illustrated with scores of rare photos and theatre ephemera, plus newsreel footage and home movies. It finishes with a heart-touching montage of Stan Laurel's life from beginning to end.

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STAN LAUREL - The Life & Times

STAN JEFFERSON 1905

STAN and MAE LAUREL 1919

STAN and MAE LAUREL 1922

STAN LAUREL Sugar Daddies

STAN LAUREL 1928 CLASSIC

From boy comedian
in Britain, to ...

... double act in
American Vaudeville ...

... into solo films
with Hal Roach ...

... into
drag ...

... into
classic costume ...

STAN LAUREL 1933 Sons of the Desert

LAUREL and HARDY 1942 American Tour

LAUREL and HARDY 1953 British Tour

STAN LAUREL 1961 Oscar

STAN LAUREL 1963 typewriter

... into
classic features...

... onto the
American stage ....

... onto the
British stage ....

... on to
collecting awards ...

... into retirement ...

A revealing history of the life of comedian STAN LAUREL - from his humble beginnings in England, into his early stage work; through his apprenticeship in comedy with the Fred Karno Company; on through his years in American Vaudeville; before breaking into films and then teaming with American 'heavy' Oliver Hardy. The presentation ends with a moving slide-show of his life from birth-to-death.

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN and STAN LAUREL - The Fred Karno Years.

[ based on the book 'CHAPLIN - Stage by Stage' ]

KARNO CHAPLIN LAUREL SAILING to USA 1910

KARNO CHAPLIN LAUREL Montana USA 1911

FRED KARNO CHAPLIN LAUREL USA 1911

FRED KARNO CHAPLIN LAUREL USA 1912

The Fred Karno Company
sailing for America. 1910

Outside the stage door of a
theatre in Montana. 1911

The Company on board the
Karno boxcar they toured in.

1912. On stage in:
A Night in a London Club

A detailed, pictorial history of the years Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel spent in  British Music Hall and
American Vaudeville with the Fred Karno Company of Comedians (1908 to 1914).

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN - From Street Urchin to Screen Idol

[ based on the book 'CHAPLIN - Stage by Stage' ]

CHAPLIN EIGHT LANCASHIRE LADS

CHAPLIN in SHERLOCK HOLMES

CHAPLIN in CASEY'S CIRCUS

FRED KARNO COMPANY on CAIRNRONA

CHAPLIN in VAUDEVILLE 1912

A clog-dancer with
the Lancashire Lads

Into drama as Billy
in Sherlock Holmes

Playing multiple roles
in CASEY'S CIRCUS

Sails for America as a
Fred Karno Comedian

The pupil becomes bigger
than the master

A pictorial history of CHARLIE CHAPLIN, from his humblest of beginnings in a London suburb; through his days on the British stage; and on through his years in American Vaudeville, before making the transition into film in 1914. Includes extremely rare archive material of Chaplin's years traversing America and Canada.

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