Volume 27, Number 5
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We've gone to the convention, had a good time, and nobody was any the wiser. We didn't even have to "flounder in a typhoid!" Meanwhile, back "Way Out West," we're going to pick up where we left off, on Tuesday evening, August 2, 1994. The Mayflower Club will open its' doors at 6:30 PM for the next Way Out West Tent meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM, as always, with the Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks and the Marvelous Mayflower Bar geared up to satisfy your edible desires. The Mayflower Club is located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue) in North Hollywood. We'll look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening, August 2, 1994.
Joining us for our next meeting will be Randy Skretvedt, editor of the Intra-Tent Journal (the voice of the Sons of the Desert), and author of Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies. Randy has recently expanded the above mentioned book with more information about the films of the boys, including two more films that have surfaced with Stan and Ollie in them. He'll be talking about that and much more. Also, copies of the updated book will be available for purchase. You won't want to miss this. In the past, Randy's visits have been fun and very informative, and this one promises to be just as great.
The meeting of June 14, 1994, began with the traditional singing of the "Sons of the Desert" song and the toasts to the boys and company. After some announcements from Lori "Mama Hen" McCaffery, the film programs started off with the boys 1928 silent short, Habeas Corpus, followed by 1934's Them Thar Hills and the boys only; sequel, Tit for Tat, released in 1935. At the break, we celebrated the birthdays of Stan Laurel (June 16th) and Oliver Hardy (January 18th). We missed Ollie's cake in January when that meeting was "quaked" out. After the break, the film program concluded with the feature, A Chump at Oxford (1940). Joining us for the evening was Jay Dare, the wardrobe man for the boys at 20th Century Fox during production of The Dancing Masters and The Bullfighters. Also joining us was Cynthia Carle, cousin of Richard Carle, who played the odd Professor Padilla in Habeas Corpus.
As you know by now, we are equipped with Fezzes and they are on sale at each W.O.W. meeting. For only $6 you can have your head decorated with an official Way Out West tent fez. Don't forget to pick yours up at the next meeting.
If you want to join the Way Out West tent as a full member, you can do so anytime during the year. Membership prices are $28 for a single, $44 per couple, and $48 per family (all family members living at the same address). The cost to receive just the newsletter is only $5. There is no additional charge for the newsletter to those with memberships paid in full. The door charge for a single meeting is $7.50. The above mentioned membership prices are prorated quarterly, if you sign up during the year.
Saturday evening, October 22, 1994, marks the annual Way Out West Tent banquet. This year's event will take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the same hotel where Stan and Babe were honored after their 1954 appearance on "This is Your Life." Celebrities, raffles, and surprises are planned for the evening. On the menu, we can look forward to Teriyaki Top Sirloin Steak, Caesar Salad, vegetables du jour, rolls and butter, chocolate mousse and coffee, tea or milk. If your needs require a special diet, we will accommodate you. Also, secured parking is included at no additional charge. If you register by October 17, 1994, the price will be $35 per person. If you register after October 17, 1994, the price will be $40 per person.
On Sunday morning, October 23, 1994, the Way Out West Tent will be leading a tour of the Laurel and Hardy film locations. Some of the locations on the tour will be the "Music Box" stairs, the "Perfect Day" house, Main Street, where "Leave 'Laughing" was filmed, and the final resting places of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. We're hoping to keep the cost down around $15 to $20 per person. The more people we get, the better chance of keeping the price down. Also, you might want to consider this. As each year passes, it seems like we lose another L & H landmark to a demolition crew. Just in the last few years, the "Liberty" alley and "We Faw Down" building became a parking lot and the "County Hospital" building is no longer standing. So, this might be your last chance to see a part of L & H history, before the wrecking ball shows up again.
The Second Hundred Years
Released October 8, 1927. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Tiny Sandford, and Ellinor Vanderveer. Posing as painters, escaped convicts Laurel and Hardy paint everything within reach as they try to throw off a policeman. The boys hop into a limo, steal the clothes off two French prison authorities and arrive at the home of the Governor for a banquet. The events of the evening lead the boys back to the prison from where they escaped. Directed by Fred L. Guiol.
Another Fine Mess
Released November 29, 1930. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Thelma Todd, and Charles Gerrard. As bums on the run, Laurel and Hardy ditch the police by hiding in Colonel Buckshot's basement. When Lord and Lady Plumtree arrive and inquire about renting the temporarily vacant home, Ollie becomes Colonel Buckshot and Stan becomes Hives, the butler, and Agnes, the maid. They just about pull it off until the real Colonel Buckshot returns home. Another Fine Mess is a reworking of the boys 1927 silent short, Duck Soup. Directed by James Parrott.
Released December 12, 1931. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Charles Middleton. Devastated at being brushed aside by his dear "Jeanie-Weenie," Ollie decides to join the Foreign Legion to help forget. Of course, Stan must go along too. The boys run up against a tough commandant who sends them to Fort Arid to protect the fort from the "Riffs." Stan and Ollie save the day by defeating the barefoot Riffs, with barrels of tacks. Jeanie-Weenie's photograph is none other than Jean Harlow. "Commandant " Charles Middleton makes his first appearance in a Laurel and Hardy film. Directed by James W. Horne.
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Sources for Looking Back are:
Laurel and Hardy-The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
The Laurel and Hardy Book-edited by Leonard Maltin
The Little Racsals-The Life and Times of Our Gang, by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann
August 5 Ellinor Vanderveer The Hoose-Gow 6 Robert Mitchum The Dancing Masters 8 Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Our Gang 9 Allan "Farina" Hoskins Our Gang 10 Jack Haley Pick a Star 16 Lucien Littlefield Dirty Work 19 Charlie Hall 20 Fred Kelsey L & H Murder Case 23 Jean Darling Our Gang 26 Richard Currier L & H film editor 27 James Finlayson 27 Thomas Benton Roberts Two Tars 30 Julie Bishop Bohemian Girl