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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 4, 1992
C Due to a production problem, some editions of yesterday's Sun printed an incomplete version of this appreciation.Though his name may be almost forgotten, there's no one who will encounter it today in the obituaries who has not laughed at some gag of Hal Roach's.The pioneer comedy guru died Monday at his home in California of pneumonia after one of the longest and most fruitful creative lives in the history of the film industry. He was 100 years old, and if any could be said to have earned his rest, it was Hal Roach.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
The Olympics don't start for another two days, but NBC primes the pump tonight with two hours of athlete profiles and a first chance for everyone to get acquainted with Bob Costas in his role as '96 Olympics host."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 3, 1992
Though his name may be almost forgotten, there's no on who will encounter it today in the obituaries who has not laughed at some gag of Hal Roach's.The pioneer comedy guru died yesterday at his home in Bel Air of pneumonia after one of the longest and most fruitful creative lives in the history of the film industry. He was 100 years old and if any could be said to have earned his rest, it was Hal Roach.Roach, after all, was the man who decided to team a lanky, diffident Britisher with a pudgy light-footed Virginian and created one of the enduring comedy teams of history: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 7, 1994
"The Simpsons," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" are showing repeats, which makes it rather tempting to take the night off. Or, at least, to turn the TV off, dangling participle notwithstanding.* "The Byrds of Paradise" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harry (Seth Green) is taken aback when his old girlfriend comes aback: In this episode, Marie (played by guest star Kristin Dattilo) surprises Harry by flying all the way from Connecticut. (And boy, are her arms tired.) Also on the guest roster this week: semi-regular players Arlo Guthrie and Bruce Weitz.
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By William Grimes and William Grimes,New York Times News Service | January 23, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The cinema celebrates its 100th birthday next year, but Hal Roach got there first.The man who paired Laurel with Hardy, put black glasses on Harold Lloyd and cranked out more than 200 Our Gang comedies began his second century last week, and tonight the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program will honor him at the National Museum of Natural History here.The evening's events will include screenings of "The Pip From Pittsburgh," a 1931 Charlie Chase comedy, and "Helpmates," a 1932 Laurel and Hardy classic.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
The Olympics don't start for another two days, but NBC primes the pump tonight with two hours of athlete profiles and a first chance for everyone to get acquainted with Bob Costas in his role as '96 Olympics host."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 7, 1994
"The Simpsons," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" are showing repeats, which makes it rather tempting to take the night off. Or, at least, to turn the TV off, dangling participle notwithstanding.* "The Byrds of Paradise" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harry (Seth Green) is taken aback when his old girlfriend comes aback: In this episode, Marie (played by guest star Kristin Dattilo) surprises Harry by flying all the way from Connecticut. (And boy, are her arms tired.) Also on the guest roster this week: semi-regular players Arlo Guthrie and Bruce Weitz.
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By John F. Kelly | November 9, 1992
FRANK CAPRA: THE CATASTROPHE OF SUCCESS. B Joseph McBride. Simon & Schuster. 768 pages. $27.50.JOSEPH McBride saw the contradiction first during an interview with Frank Capra at a country club near Palm Springs, Calif.Capra had been telling the author how he hated rich people NTC when the manager of the country club walked over and gave Capra a picture of him playing golf with President Gerald Ford. "Ah, wonderful," Capra said. He looked at the picture for a moment and then said, "Where was I?
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October 2, 1993
Gordon Douglas'Our Gang' directorLOS ANGELES -- Gordon Douglas, who graduated to feature films after directing dozens of "Our Gang" episodes including an Oscar winner, died Wednesday at Hancock Park Convalescent Home after an illness. The 85-year-old director began his film career in the 1920s, appearing in small roles in several East Coast productions. He moved to Hollywood around 1930 and began work as a comedy writer for producer-director Hal Roach.He directed 30 "Our Gang" short films before breaking into feature film directing.
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By Steve McKerrow | April 10, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* Hmmm. Is actor Warren Beatty floating some trial political balloons?The star of "Bugsy" muses that he would consider going into public office, "but I certainly wouldn't do so with glee," as part of a show premiering this weekend on basic cable's E! Entertainment Television network.Oddly enough, however, in the "E! Saturday Special" appearance (at 8 p.m. tomorrow), Beatty is at England's Oxford University, participating in a question-and-answer session with students."It's not a nice life now to run for public office," he says, but if someone decided "I would be the most appropriate person to run, I guess I would have to do it."
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By John F. Kelly | November 9, 1992
FRANK CAPRA: THE CATASTROPHE OF SUCCESS. B Joseph McBride. Simon & Schuster. 768 pages. $27.50.JOSEPH McBride saw the contradiction first during an interview with Frank Capra at a country club near Palm Springs, Calif.Capra had been telling the author how he hated rich people NTC when the manager of the country club walked over and gave Capra a picture of him playing golf with President Gerald Ford. "Ah, wonderful," Capra said. He looked at the picture for a moment and then said, "Where was I?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 4, 1992
C Due to a production problem, some editions of yesterday's Sun printed an incomplete version of this appreciation.Though his name may be almost forgotten, there's no one who will encounter it today in the obituaries who has not laughed at some gag of Hal Roach's.The pioneer comedy guru died Monday at his home in California of pneumonia after one of the longest and most fruitful creative lives in the history of the film industry. He was 100 years old, and if any could be said to have earned his rest, it was Hal Roach.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 3, 1992
Though his name may be almost forgotten, there's no on who will encounter it today in the obituaries who has not laughed at some gag of Hal Roach's.The pioneer comedy guru died yesterday at his home in Bel Air of pneumonia after one of the longest and most fruitful creative lives in the history of the film industry. He was 100 years old and if any could be said to have earned his rest, it was Hal Roach.Roach, after all, was the man who decided to team a lanky, diffident Britisher with a pudgy light-footed Virginian and created one of the enduring comedy teams of history: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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By William Grimes and William Grimes,New York Times News Service | January 23, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The cinema celebrates its 100th birthday next year, but Hal Roach got there first.The man who paired Laurel with Hardy, put black glasses on Harold Lloyd and cranked out more than 200 Our Gang comedies began his second century last week, and tonight the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program will honor him at the National Museum of Natural History here.The evening's events will include screenings of "The Pip From Pittsburgh," a 1931 Charlie Chase comedy, and "Helpmates," a 1932 Laurel and Hardy classic.
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By Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,Orlando Sentinel | August 5, 1994
Not all movie history requires commemoration and reclamation.Producer Hal Roach's "Little Rascals" comedies of the '20s, '30s and '40s are, for example, best left unsung. Flat, repetitive and (by today's standards) politically incorrect, these moldy short subjects (also known collectively as the "Our Gang" series) feature a motley crew of kids who play endless silly tricks on one another.Buster Keaton, they aren't.Just why Universal Pictures has decided to revive the antique kiddie concept as a feature film is even more of a mystery than why "Lassie" and "Black Beauty" recently have been resuscitated.
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October 24, 2005
Gordon Lee, 71, the chubby child actor who played Spanky McFarland's little brother "Porky" in Little Rascals comedies, died Oct. 16 in Minneapolis after battling lung and brain cancer. Mr. Lee played one of the younger members in the Our Gang shorts in the 1930s, appearing in more than 40 of them from 1935 to 1939. The comedies, produced by Hal Roach, became known as The Little Rascals when shown on TV in the 1950s. Among the films Mr. Lee appeared in were Bored of Education, which won the Oscar for best one-reel short subject in 1937.
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