Ole & Axel[2][3] (American) or Long & Short[2][3] (British) were a pair of comics from Denmark, known in Danish as Fyrtårnet og Bivognen (Lighthouse and Sidecar), often called Fy og Bi for short. The pair were played by Carl Schenstrøm (1881–1942) and Harald Madsen (1890–1949).[2]

Ole & Axel on the front page of the Swedish weekly magazine Se in 1947. The roles here were played by Harald Madsen and Calle Reinholdz (who succeeded Carl Schenstrøm).[1]

The duo debuted in 1921 with the film Film, Flirt og Forlovelse (Film, Flirt, and Fiancées),[4] and they appeared until 1940 in about 50 comedies, mostly silent films.[4] Of these, 13 were made outside Denmark (in Sweden, Germany, Austria, and England). Their heyday was in the 1920s, when Ole & Axel were Danish cinematography's major export product and the world's first internationally renowned film comedy pair.

Ole & Axel were known as Telegrafstolpen og Tilhengeren in Norway, Fyrtornet och Släpvagnen in Sweden, Majakka ja Perävaunu in Finland, Doublepatte et Patachon in France,[1] Watt en Halfwatt in the Netherlands, and Long & Short in England. Relatively few of their films were screened in the United States. In other countries the duo was known by their German name, Pat und Patachon.[1]

Clip of Ole & Axel and their Danish traveling companions during a visit to Amsterdam in 1924.


  1. ^ a b c Sundholm, John (2012). Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 169.
  2. ^ a b c Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (5th ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. p. 359.
  3. ^ a b Kjærsgaard, Sten Wijkman; Knudsen, Ole (2009). Lokumsbogen 2010. Copenhagen: Gyldendal. p. 318.
  4. ^ a b Lauring, Kåre (2015). Københavnerliv. Copenhagen: Gyldendal. p. 245.

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