Think of Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin and most of us will smile at the memory of their brilliant slapstick.
But it seems the relationship between the pair – who shared a room together when they toured the US – was no bundle of laughs.
In a letter written 60 years ago which has just come to light, Cumbrian-born Laurel described Chaplin as 'mean and cheap' with 'signs of insanity'.
Laurel was his rival's understudy when they were music hall entertainers for the Fred Karno Company in 1910 and 1912.
It seems the relationship between the pair (Laurel circled left and and Chaplin right in 1910) – who shared a room together when they toured the US – was no bundle of laughs
In a letter written in 1957, he said: 'I have to agree with you re Chaplin being mean and cheap, he never to my knowledge ever had any consideration [for] anybody – financially or otherwise, he never had any time for any of his close friends who worked with him in the early days. I was closely associated with Charlie for two or three years.
'I was his understudy and shared rooms with him on many occasions, so am fully aware of his idiosyncrasies.'
In a letter written 60 years ago which has just come to light, Cumbrian-born Laurel described Chaplin (pictured) as 'mean and cheap' with 'signs of insanity'
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