Slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy return to big screen

Slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert - to be played at Elland's Rex Cinema
Slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert - to be played at Elland's Rex Cinema
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If you believe you’re getting old and nutty, call a cab and head down to Elland’s Rex Cinema for an evening of classic chortles.

On Saturday March 21, hundreds of Laurel and Hardy fans are expected to attend the annual silent screening of films from the peak of the comedy duo’s career, 1929-34, - Sons of the Desert and Liberty, County Hospital and One Good Turn.

Liberty, a 20-minute ‘two reeler’ film, will have live accompaniment on the Conn organ by Ben Hinchcliffe, of Huddersfield. He will also entertain audiences before the show and during the interval.

Speaking ahead of the annual event, Rex Cinema owner, Charles Morris, said: “Our Laurel and Hardy nights have maintained popularity ever since our first one - over 20-years-ago.

“We get members from the Laurel and Hardy fan club coming from far away and some dress up in all their regalia.”

Mr Morris said it is hoped the cinema will host memorabilia stalls.

“But more than anything, it is the atmosphere of three hundred people laughing in unison at the antics of these two clowns which really makes the night. I think we all need something to cheer us up and get us out of winter,” he said.

The screening attracts all ages and is an authentic experience, says Mr Morris.

Tickets for the 7.30pm show cost £5 and Rex Cinema advises interested people to get their tickets in advance though says there will be some available on the evening.

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy double act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema.

Englishman Stan Laurel lived from 1890-1965 and heavyset American Oliver Hardy, 1892-1957.