King’s Key Scholars in Film Studies: ‘I Want Music Everywhere’
Music and Slapstick in Laurel and Hardy’s Early Sound Films
Join our invited world-class scholar for an engaging talk on how Laurel and Hardy embraced music.
Total runtime 90min
In the latest in this series of lectures featuring world-leading scholars, Professor Rob King (Columbia University) looks at the role of music in one of the most important Hollywood studios of the early sound era, the Hal Roach Studios, whose most famous stars were Laurel and Hardy. Exploring the studio’s innovation of jazzy ‘wall-to-wall’ musical scores, King’s talk will shed new light on the ways in which film scoring was used to enhance slapstick pacing and tempo. King will also consider how these innovations took a different turn a few years later in a series of feature-length operettas starring Laurel and Hardy.
Presented in partnership with Department of Film Studies, King’s College London.