Special Report

The Most Iconic Movie Duos of All Time

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
> Films together: Many short films in the 1930s; “Sons of the Desert,” “Way Out West,” “A Chump at Oxford”
> Genre: Comedy

One of the greatest comedy duos of all time, Laurel and Hardy released 106 films released between 1921 and 1951, most of them silent or sound shorts, but including 27 full-length feature films.

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
> Films together: 10 films including “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” “Carefree,” “Shall We Dance?”
> Genre: Musical

The most famous dance team in cinema. It’s almost impossible to say one name without the other. They made 10 films together during the golden age of musicals in the 1930s and helped lift America’s spirits during the Depression. (The famous saying was that Rogers did everything Astaire did on the dancefloor, “but backwards, and in heels.”)

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George Burns and Gracie Allen
> Films together: Many films in the 1930s before the team transitioned to television
> Genre: Comedy

The husband and wife team of George Burns and Gracie Allen triumphed in vaudeville, radio, motion pictures, and television. George was the straight man, always a bit befuddled by the delightfully daffy Gracie. Among their films were “Lambchops” (added to the National Film Registry in 1999), “The Big Broadcast,” and “A Damsel in Distress.”

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Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre
> Films together: Nine films in the 1940s, among them “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Passage to Marseille,” “The Conspirators.” “Three Strangers,” “The Verdict”
> Genre: Drama

Two of filmdom’s most famous character actors appeared in nine films together in the 1940s, many of them with an espionage or wartime theme. Greenstreet was the corpulent villain whose barely whispered lines to his enemies portended doom while the often-lampooned Lorre played beady-eyed conspirators.

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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
> Films together: Seven Road movies, among them “The Road to Morocco,” “The Road to Bali,” “The Road to Singapore.”
> Genre: Comedy

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made seven Road movies, whose plots centered around two clueless Americans getting themselves in difficult situations in exotic locations. Sometimes the two would talk to the audience and poke fun at the movie industry. Hope and Crosby created the romantic singer-sidekick combo that was later replicated by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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