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Stan Laurel as the "Little Tramp"?


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When watching an episode of "The Laurel and Hardy Show" that contained a footage of the duo on a 1950s episode of "This is Your Life", Stan Laurel was talking about how he started off in show business back when he was still a teenager.  During his early years on the vaudeville stage, he performed in many costumes as many characters.  There was a collage of several pictures of Stan Laurel shown on the screen (edited into the portion of this program for "The L & H Show"), and one of the pictures stood out to me.  It was of Stan Laurel dressed up just like Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character.  He had the exact black derby hat, small dark mustache, and was holding a cane.  If I hadn't known that this was a picture of Stan Laurel, I'd say it was indeed Charlie Chaplin.  Has anyone ever known of Stan Laurel to have appeared on stage or else on screen (of course, only in silent films) resembling Chaplin's tramp character?  I don't think I've ever seen any of Mr. Laurel's silent films back when he performed solo (that is without Ollie), but I have a feeling that there's at least one or just a few of his films when he appeared like this.  The question that came to mind was - " Who played the little tramp first - Stan Laurel or Charlie Chaplin?".  It was, however, very common back in the days of vaudeville for these up-and-coming comedians to show up on stage dressed as a "box car hobo" sort of character. 

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