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Roach, Hal

(Harold Eugene Roach, Sr.), 1892–1992, American move producer and director, b. Elmira, N.Y. He entered (1912) the motion-picture industry as an extra, and by 1914 had founded a production company, making comedies that featured Harold LloydLloyd, Harold,
1893–1971, American movie actor. Born in tiny Burchard, Kans., he came to California in 1912. Lloyd became famous for his comic portrayals of a wistful innocent with horn-rimmed glasses who blunders in and out of hair-raising situations, e.g.
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. In 1919 he opened Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, Calif., and during the 1920s and 30s turned out a string of successful comedy shorts starring the likes of Laurel and HardyLaurel and Hardy,
American film comedy team. The duo consisted of Stan Laurel, 1890–1965, b. Ulverson, England, whose real name was Arthur Stanley Jefferson; and Oliver Hardy, 1892–1957, b. Atlanta, Ga.
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, "Our Gang," and Will RogersRogers, Will
(William Penn Adair Rogers), 1879–1935, American humorist, b. Oolagah, Indian Territory (now in Oklahoma). In his youth he worked as a cowboy in Oklahoma, and after traveling over the world, he returned to the United States and worked in vaudeville as a cowboy
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. He released his first feature, Laurel and Hardy's Pardon Us, in 1931, and soon turned to full-length dramas, such as Topper (1937) and Of Mice and Men (1939). In the late 1940s he switched to television series, leasing his facilities for show production and producing his own sitcoms, e.g., My Little Margie (1952–55).

Bibliography

See W. K. Everson, Films of Hal Roach (1971) and R. L. Ward, A History of the Hal Roach Studios (2005).

Roach, Hal

(1892–1992) film producer, director, screenwriter; born in Elmira, N.Y. After a life as a muleskinner and gold prospector in Alaska, he became a stunt man and extra in the movies in 1911. In 1915 he began producing short comedy films featuring Harold Lloyd. An expert in the mechanics of screen humor and slapstick, he fostered the careers of Will Rogers and Laurel and Hardy, as well as creating the "Our Gang" comedies. He won Oscars for two shorts, The Music Box (1932) and Bored of Education (1936), as well as a special Academy Award in 1983.
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They made over 100 comedies together while working at Hal Roach Studio.
Not to be outdone, in 1918, Hal Roach built his studios right up the street from Ince and until 1963 churned out about 50 comedies per year for both films and television, including all of the Laurel and Hardy and Spanky and Our Gang series, plus Amos and Andy, Topper, My Little Margie and countless others.
Rich's career began in 1951 when he gave up pursuing a business major at UCLA to earn a living as a film librarian at the old Hal Roach Studios.
Their films produced by Hal Roach during the 1920s and 1930s included classics such as The Music Box, Sons Of The Desert and Way Out West.
She traces the four decades Stevens was a major Hollywood player and icon, from his earliest days at the Hal Roach Studios (where he learned to be a cameraman, writer, and director for Laurel and Hardy features) up to when his films made millions at the box office and were graced by actors such as Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Alan Ladd, and Montgomery Clift.
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The story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy would not have been complete, if the pair had not met the other unique talent that complemented what was then offer in the comedy circle - Hal Roach, the veteran director and producer who died in 1992, aged 100.
Doherty also relates the riparian tale of Hollywood's dealings with Mussolini's Italy, and particularly the adventure of Vittorio Mussolini, the dictator's second son (but the first with second wife Rachele) and veteran producer Hal Roach.
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This Sisyphean task is frustrated by multiple failures, interruptions, people coming down the narrow stairs, including a nanny with a baby carriage and a self-important music professor played by Billy Gilbert, a regular in the Hal Roach studio productions.
He was always on the lookout for children for the popular 'Our Gang Comedy' series being produced by the Hal Roach Studios," Ernie said.