Volume 29, Number 4
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We're half way through 1996, but on June 11th we promise a full evening of fun. The Way Out West Tent will meet once again at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue.) The Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks and the Marvelous Mayflower Bar will be feeding all of you food fantasies. Plus, since it's the 106th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth (June 16), we'll be having a birthday cake in his honor. As always, the Mayflower doors will open up at 6:30 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. So, let's plan on getting together on Tuesday evening, June 11, 1996.
Last December's "Silent Night" with Dean Mora was a memorable event at the Way Out West Tent. So, we've asked Dean to come back and entertain us with his musical magic for "Summertime Silents." Dean leads his own orchestra, "Mora's Modern Rhythmists," and has played at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax. His current plans include a trip to Japan, on behalf of the Silent Movie Theatre, where he will be playing to the Harold Lloyd film, Why Worry? He will be back home in time for a concert with his orchestra on June 30th, at the "Old Towne Music Hall" in El Segundo. For more information call 310-322-2592. So, if you missed out last December, now is your chance to join us for what promises to be another fun evening for all.
After the singing of the Sons of the Desert song and the toasts to the boys and company, the meeting of April 23, 1996, got underway. Before the films began, we welcomed Frank and Mary Ann Phelps from Detroit's "Dancing Cuckoos" tent and 20th Century Fox - L&H Costumer, Jay Dare. Jay was the recipient of a chorus of "Happy Birthday" from the W. O. W. crowd in honor of his birthday a few days earlier. The film program began with the boys only color film, A Tree in a Test Tube, followed by their cameo appearance in a Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts short, On the Loose. The first half of the program wrapped up with the boys starring in Come Clean and Dirty Work. At the break, a birthday cake honoring Jay Dare (April 13) and Lucille Hardy Price (April 23) was cut and passed around for all to enjoy. The evening concluded with the boys starring in their feature (and our tent's namesake), Way Out West.
Released December 17, 1927. Starring Pete the Pup, Joe Cobb, Wheezer Hutchins, Jackie Condon, Jay R. Smith, Jean Darling, Mildred Kornman, and Farina Hoskins. Pete has decided to end it all because his master, Joe, has turned his attention to a young girl. After Pete has conveyed his tale of woe to a fellow canine, the suicidal act is about to take place, when Joe comes to his senses and returns to Pete.
Kill or Cure
Released July 15, 1923. Staring Stan Laurel, Katherine Grant, Noah Young, Roy Brooks, and Eddie Baker. Stan is having a tough time selling his all purpose elixir. His door to door and on the street sale skills are no match for his tough prospects.
Released September 25, 1927. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Harry Earles, and Lupe Velez. Chester Chaste (Stan), the cab driver, delivers Madame Ritz and her midget husband (dressed as a child) to a ship for a cruise. As luck would have it, Chester and his taxi wind up on the ship. Purser Cryder (Ollie) has his hands full with Chester and the rest of the passengers, and, of course, is the receiver of all bad things to come.
Released April 3, 1927. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Priscilla Dean, Herbert Rawlinson and Albert Conti. Ferdinand Flamingo (Stan) is hired by an artist's wife to make her husband jealous. Ferdinand, however, has trouble distinguishing the wife's husband from her male friend. Add Ferdinand's problems with Jarvis, the butler (Ollie) and chaos takes over.
Early to Bed
Released October 6, 1928. Starring Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy. Ollie has just received a fortune from his late uncle. He lives in luxury with Stan as his servant. Stan takes Ollie's abuse, until he has had enough. Then Stan fights back.
From Soup to Nuts
Released March 24, 1928. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Tiny Sanford, and Edna Marian. Waiters Stan and Ollie are hired by Mrs. Culpepper for the elegant dinner party she is hosting. Not being use to "high society" type events, the boys turn the dinner into a fiasco.
You're Darn Tootin'
Released April 21, 1928. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Otto Lederer, and Agnes Steele. After losing their jobs in the orchestra, the boys become street musicians. Ollie's frustration with Stan leads to a stomach punching - shin kicking exchange between the two. Of course it doesn't end there!
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Sources for Looking Back are:
The Laurel and Hardy Book, edited by Leonard Maltin
Laurel and Hardy - The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
She was born in Sussex, England, on June 17, 1869. Her career
began in America in 1910, after years of work on the British stage.
She is best known for her work at Vitagraph with comedian John Bunny,
with whom she made 260 short comedies, known as "Bunnyfinches" and
"Bunnyfinchgraphs." After Bunny's death in April of 1915, she founded
her own company to make slapstick comedies. She later turned to
playing bit parts in features such as The Scarlett Letter, Showboat,
and her final film, The Women. She died in Los Angeles, California,
on January 4, 1940, at the age of 70. Laurel and Hardy fans remember
her best as the old wife of the bearded miner during the "Will You Be
My Lovey-Dovey" song in Way Out West...Flora Finch.
Sources for Did You Know?
Who Was Who on Screen, by Evelyn Mack Truitt
Silent Film Necrology, by Eugene Michael Vazzana
The Film Encyclopedia, by Ephraim Katz
3 Paulette Goddard Berth Marks 8 Henry Brandon March of the Wooden Soldiers 8 Sheila Ryan Great Guns/A Haunting We Will Go 8 Dorothy Coburn The Finishing Touch 8 John McCabe and Rosina Lawrence McCabe Wedding Anniversary 9 Bob Cummings Sons of the Desert 10 Hattie McDaniel Zenobia 12 William Austin County Hospital 13 Ralph Edwards This is Your Life 13 Ellen Corby Hal Roach Script Girl 15 Harry Langdon Zenobia 16 Stan Laurel 17 Flora Finch Way Out West 18 Mae Busch L&H Supporting Regular 24 Martha Sleeper The Chimp
There will be no meeting on October 29th, as previously stated.
This meeting will take place on a Tuesday evening in September. We
will announce the date for this meeting in the next newsletter. Our
banquet will now be held on Sunday, October 20th.
July 15-19 Sons of the Desert 10th International Convention-Cruise * July 30 Tuesday evening September Tuesday evening...date to be announced October 20 Way Out West Barbecue * December 10 Tuesday evening
* Cost for this event not included with dues.