Volume 28, Number 1
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Now that The Big Noise ushering in 1995 is over, we can all Come Clean and gear up for the first "Way Out West" tent meeting of the year. It will take place on the Perfect Day, actually Tuesday evening, January 17, 1995. We'll meet at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue), in North Hollywood. It's less than 45 Minutes from Hollywood. The Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks will be on hand as always. Pardon Us, but we're out of Duck Soup. The Marvelous Mayflower Bar will be going Great Guns serving up your liquid requests. So, take the Liberty, don't go On the Wrong Trek, and join us on Tuesday evening, January 17, 1995. We promise to have you Going Bye-Bye before The Midnight Patrol shows up.
The final Way Out West meeting for 1994 took place on Tuesday, December 6th. The meeting began with the singing of the Sons of the Desert song and the toasts to the "Boys" and company. Celebrity guests joining us for the evening were Lois (Mrs. Thomas Benton) Roberts and Harvey Wasden, who worked as a sound technician at the Hal Roach Studios. Our special guest for the evening was Joy Lane. After seeing Joy on our first film for the evening, The Our Gang Follies of 1936, she spoke to our members and guests, sharing her memories of her days at the Hal Roach Studios in Our Gang and Babes in Toyland and her career in show business. After a question and answer period, Joy was presented with an honorary lifetime membership certificate to the Way Out West Tent. We all en-JOY-ed her visit with us and look forward to seeing Joy at future Way Out West tent meetings. After a break, the feature for the evening, March of the Wooden Soldiers, was shown. It was followed by The Live Ghost, our final film for 1994. A big Way Out West tent thank you goes to all of you who were so generous with your canned good donations to the Maud Booth Family Center. They were very grateful and appreciative of your kindness.
Don't be caught by the Fez Patrol! Fezzes are available now at all WOW meetings. Fezless craniums will be cited 25 cents. So cover yourself, at least your head anyway.
It's the start of a new year and the Way Out West Tent dues are due once again. The rates will remain the same as last year. A single membership is $28, a couple is $44, and for a family, with all members living at the same address, the cost is $48. The door charge for meetings on an individual basis is $7.50.
As of this writing, 354 people have already signed up for the upcoming cruise. This is the first convention-cruise for the Sons, and you definitely do not want to miss out. We'll have lots of information for you at the next meeting about how to sign up. The deadline has been extended until February 1995 for you to make your initial deposit. The cruise will leave Miami, Florida and travel to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, durin a four day period. The word is outÉit's going to be great.
The Los Angeles Conservancy is planning a "Laurel and Hardy Night" for this coming June for their "Last Remaining Seats" program. It will take place at one of the beautiful ornate theaters in downtown Los Angeles. Sons of the Desert, starring the boys, will be the feature of the evening. Lois Laurel Hawes, Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Winters, Chuck McCann, and Jim Mac George are all being invited to take part in this event. We need about 25 to 50 "Sons" to march in a one and a half block parade (a la the Sons of the Desert film), before the evening begins (around 5:00 to 6:00 PM). Anyone who is interested in marching, please sign up at the next WOW meeting. More details will follow, as we get closer to the event.
Released 1923. Starring the Dippy Doo-Dads. A Hal Roach rarity featuring an all animal cast. A big fight is going to take place at the Dippy Doo-Dads Athletic Club. "Bull" Wyoming is trainer for the champ. running him through his routine. "Two-eyed" Conolly can't stay away from the bar and his favorite bartender. Tex Rickety is the promoter, referee and reporter at the big event. The preliminary fight is pretty "fowl" as "Kid Crow" and "Knockout Cackle" go at it. The big event features "Doo-Dad Cyclone" and "Machine Gun Mike" as they "monkey" around in the ring.
Crazy Like a Fox
Released in the fall of 1926. Starring Charley Chase, with Oliver Hardy. Charley and a lovely young lady are being set up for marriage by their fathers. Not even having met, they meet at the train station and hit it off. The only way he can get out of the prearranged marriage is to act crazy around the unsuspecting daughter's parents. Things go according to Charley's plan, until he realizes that the girt he's being set up with, is the one he fell for at the train station.
Released January 23, 1932. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Blanche Payson. Ollie is in big trouble. His wife is coming home at noon from out of town and his house is a disaster thanks to his partying. He calls Stan to help him. The house eventually gets cleaned up, in spite of Stan's help. While Ollie goes to pick up his wife, Stan tries to build a fire in the fireplace. Ollie returns home with a black eye, no wife, and sees that Stan has accidentally burned down Ollie's home. One of the boys funniest shorts.
Released February 9, 1935. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Charles Middleton, and Arthur Housman. The boys are selling greeting cards door to door when they meet Mrs. Pierre Gustave. Upset with her husband due to his lack of attention to her, she offers Ollie $50 to make her husband jealous. Ollie is so convincing, that Pierre challenges Ollie to as duel at midnight. The duel takes place which results in the boys making a getaway.
Released August 23, 1935. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, June Lang, and William Janney. While on the lam, McLaurel and Hardy wind up in Scotland to lay claim on an inheritance. When the boys see an ad for a free suit from a local tailor shop, they mistakenly go to the wrong shop and wind up in the Army. As a result, they are sent to India. In order to be close to the love of his life, Lorna McLaurel, Alan Douglas quits his clerk job and joins the Army also. The evil Khan Mir Jutra has plans of conquering the Scotch Army fort. Thanks to Stan's and Ollie's clumsiness around several beehives, Khan Mir Jutra's plans come to a stinging halt.
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Sources for Looking Back are:
Laurel and Hardy-The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
The Little Rascals-The Life and Times of Our Gang, by Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann
The Laurel and Hardy Book, edited by Leonard Maltin.
January 1 Stymie Beard Our Gang 3 ZaSu Pitts On the Loose 14 Mary Ann Jackson Our Gang 14 Hal Roach 18 Oliver Hardy 18 Norman "Chubby" Chaney Our Gang 20 Rolfe Sedan Double Whoopee 26 Alf Goulding A Chump at Oxford-director 30 Wilfred Lucas Pardon Us, A Chump at Oxford February 10 Jimmy Durante Hollywood Party 10 Alan Hale, Sr. Our Relations 11 Anita Garvin From Soup to Nuts, Blotto 11 Angelo Rossitto Babes in Toyland 14 Trudy Marshall The Dancing Masters 14 Jack Benny Hollywood Revue of 1929 15 William Janney Bonnie Scotland 25 Dick Jones Our Gang 26 Tiny Sandford L&H supporting regular