This short video is thought to be the last footage of comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The silent footage was shot in 1956 at the Reseda, Calif. home of Stan Laurel’s daughter, Lois. At this point, Stan had suffered a stroke and Oliver Hardy had lost an incredible amount of weight.
Laurel and Hardy were one of the first, great classic comedy duos from the early era of Hollywood. They pushed the boundaries of visual, slapstick humor throughout their 106 films. They retired in 1951.
It’s endearing to see the two friends and partners still performing with each other, even in home movies.
Hardy, who was the chubby one, died in 1957 at the age of 65. As a frame of reference for his significant weight loss, he died not long after this footage was shot. Because of that, this probably actually is the last footage Hollywood aficionados have of the duo. Laurel ended up passing away in 1965 at the age of 74.
Not for nothing, but the comedy duo were the genesis of the famous phrase, “D’Oh!,” which, of course, will always now be associated with Homer Simpson. But Groening took the phrase from James Finlayson, a Scottish actor that appeared in 33 Laurel and Hardy films, who used it regularly.