Volume 28, Number 3
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By now you should have finished all of your business with the Easter Bunny. So it's time to "hop" on over to the Mayflower Club. The date is Tuesday evening, April 18, 1995. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. The Mayflower Club is located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue), in North Hollywood. The ever popular Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks will be ready to maneuver their way through your mouths and the Marvelous Mayflower Bar will be ready to invade your tonsils with liquid joy. We'll see you on April 18th at the Mayflower Club.
The meeting of March 7, 1995 began with the traditional singing of the Sons of the Desert song and the toasts to Stan, Ollie, and the rest of the "Sons" honorees. Joining us for the evening were Jay Dare, the boys' costumer on The Dancing Masters and The Bullfighters; and Leonore Canon, whose father was Hollywood's first public relations man and also worked with film pioneer D.W. Griffith.
The film program started off with a Charley Chase short, Limousine Love, followed by the boys starring in Brats, Wrong Again, and Twice Two. The evening concluded with Stan and Ollie's first 20th Century Fox feature, Great Guns.
His Wooden Wedding
Released December 20, 1925. Starring Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, and Gale Henry. An engaged to be married Charley finds out, thanks to a jealous informer, that his future bride has a wooden leg. Charley's thoughts go wild as he envisions the future. Leo McCarey directed this short.
The Battle of the Century
Released December 31, 1927. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Anita Garvin, and a lot of other people. Ollie is the manager of prizefighter, "The Canvasback Klump" (Stan) and has just bought an insurance policy for him. Ollie tries to create an accident for Stan. Instead the biggest pie fight in movie history takes place.
Released February 12, 1928. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Viola Richard, and Dorothy Coburn. The Mighty Giant (Ollie) and Little Twinkle Star (Stan) are searching for a woman to marry as a result of the king's recent declaration that men in his kingdom must be married. A battle between the two takes place when they both want the same girl. Filmed under the working titles of Were Women Always Wild? and Do Cavemen Marry?
A Day at the Studio
Released May 21, 1937. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Patsy Kelly, Rosina Lawrence and Walter Long. This short is an abbreviated version of Pick a Star, which features Laurel and Hardy's two scenes in the film. These scenes were filmed while the boys were in the middle of making their own feature, Way Out West.
The Big Noise
Released September 1944. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Arthur Space, Doris Merrick, and Bobby (Robert) Blake. Inventor Alva Hartley hires detectives Laurel and Hardy to keep a close watch on his recently created bomb. After experiencing strange happenings in the Hartley home, the boys are told to take a phony bomb to Washington D.C., as a deceptive move to throw some gangsters off the inventor's trail. Unfortunately, the boys have the real bomb with them.
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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 British Tours, by A. J. Marriot
April 3 T. Marvin Hatley Composer L & H Theme 5 Grady Sutton Pack Up Your Troubles 7 Anthony Caruso Jitterbugs 13 Jay Dare 20th Fox Costumer 16 Billy Benedict Great Guns 20 Harold Lloyd 23 Lucille Hardy Price 26 Edgar Kennedy Perfect Day, Night Owls 28 Sidney Toler Our Relations