Volume 29, Number 5
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Well, now that we've all ship-hiked home from the convention (where a swell time was had by all), it's time to get back to some W.O.W. fun. We'll pick up where we left off with the next Way Out West Tent meeting on Tuesday evening, July 30, 1996. The Mayflower Club is the place to be. Located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue) in North Hollywood, the Mayflower's doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. The Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks and the Marvelous Mayflower Bar will be at the ready. So, come on by and see us on Tuesday evening, July 30, 1996.
Joining us at our next meeting will be Rob Stone, author of the recently released book, Laurel or Hardy - The Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver "Babe" Hardy. The book covers the film careers of the boys before their historic teaming, with complete film credits, storylines, and over 300 photographs. Rob will be on hand to share some of this valuable information. Plus the film program for the evening will be all solo Stan Laurel and solo Oliver Hardy films. To top it off, copies of Rob's book will be available for purchase. So, set this evening aside and come take a look at the boys during their early years.
The meeting of June 11, 1996, began with salutes to Stan, Ollie, and company. The toasts were delivered by Tony Hawes; a good friend to "Sons" everywhere, as well as the husband of Stan's daughter, Lois. Dean Mora, our musical maestro for the evening, led us in the singing of the Sons of the Desert song. The film program began with an "Our Gang" silent, Dog Heaven, followed by a Stan Laurel short, Kill or Cure. The boys followed in Sailors Beware and Slipping Wives. After the break, the boys picked up again with Early to Bed, From Soup to Nuts, and You're Darn Tootin'. Special thanks once again to Dean Mora for sharing his splendid talent at the piano during all of the films, much to everyone's delight. Joining us for the evening were our good buddy, Jay Dare (L & H costumer and Hal Roach set dresser), author Rob Stone of the newly released book, Laurel or Hardy , and a first time Way Out West guest, Mark Kennedy. Mark, who was introduced by Tony Hawes, is the grandson of Edgar "Perfect Day" Kennedy. Mark was welcomed by the crowd and was made an honorary member of the W.O.W. tent.
The Lucky Dog
Released October 1921. Starring Stan Laurel, Babe Hardy, and Florence Gillet.
After being evicted from his boarding house, for non-payment of rent, Stan is out on the street with a stray dog tagging along with him. A bandit (Ollie) tries to hold up Stan, but Stan comes out the rich man in this exchange. In order to get to know a young lady he has met, Stan enters the dog in a dog show, only to have the dog turn the show into chaos. The girl's jealous pursuer gets Babe to help him get even with Stan by kidnapping the girl and using explosives on everyone else. Fortunately, Stan and the dog save the day. This film marks the first appearance of Stan and Ollie in a comedy short together.
Mud and Sand
Released November 13, 1922. Starring Stan Laurel, Mae Laurel, Julie Leonard, Leana Anderson, Sam Kaufman, and Wheeler Dryden.
Rhubarb Vaselino (Stan) becomes the town hero, when he enters a bullfight and kills three bulls. His marriage to his childhood sweetheart turns sour, when he is caught in a compromising position while in Madrid to fight the greatest bull in Spain. In the ring, Vaselino defeats the bull, but another surprise awaits him.
Isn't Life Terrible?
Released July 5, 1925. Starring Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Babe Hardy, Lon Poff, Leo Willis, Fay Wray, and Mary Kornman.
Charley, hoping to go on a camping vacation, winds up winning a cruise instead. Charley's vacation is ruined when they accidentally leave their daughter behind, and when they have to deal with Charley's brother-in-law (Babe).
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride
Released July 30, 1925. Starring Stan Laurel, Julie Leonard, and Tige (Pete the Pup).
Dr. Pyckle (Stan) discovers a drug that separates the good and evil in people. When he tries the drug on himself, he turns into Mr. Pride and scares everyone in town. Eventually, the townspeople discover that Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride are the same person.
Films subject to availability. Remaining films to be announced at the meeting.
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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
He was born in Ceres, California, on May 4, 1893. His career
covered stage, screen, and television. His film work included
pictures with the comedy teams of Wheeler and Woolsey, Abbott and
Costello, the Marx Brothers, and Hope and Crosby. His other credits
include Swing Time with Astaire and Rogers, Saratoga (Jean Harlow's
last film), The Awful Truth, Ma and Pa Kettle at Home ,and his final
film, Pollyanna. He died on August 17, 1974 in Woodland Hills,
California. His work at the Hal Roach Studios is where we recognize
him. In addition to The Count Takes the Count, with Charley Chase, he
appeared in six Laurel and Hardy shorts at the Roach Studios, plus
the Big Noise with Stan and Ollie, at 20th Century Fox. We remember
him best of all as the motorcycle cop in Two Tars...
Source for Did You Know?: Who Was Who on Screen by Evelyn Mack Truitt
2 Rychard Cramer Scram, Saps at Sea 2 Sidney "Woim" Kibrick Our Gang 4 Henry Armetta Fra Diavolo 5 Billy "Froggy" Laughlin Our Gang 12 Alice Cooke Stan Jefferson Trio 18 Lupe Velez Hollywood Party 18 Chill Wills Way Out West 18 Bill Patterson Way Out West Tent-Founding Grand Sheik 19 Vera Ralston The Fighting Kentuckian 19 Harvey Wasden Roach Studio Soundman 20 Muriel Evans Pack Up Your Troubles 22 Orson Bean Sons of the Desert Co-Founder 23 Hank Worden The Bullfighters 29 Thelma Todd Another Fine Mess, On The Loose
5 Ellinor Vanderveer The Hoose-Gow 6 Robert Mitchum The Dancing Masters 8 Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Our Gang 9 Allen "Farina" Hoskins Our Gang 10 Jack Haley Pick a Star 11 Jean Parker The Flying Deuces 15 Charles Gemora The Chimp 16 Lucien Littlefield Sons of the Desert, Dirty Work 19 Charlie Hall 23 Jean Darling Our Gang 26 Richard Currier L&H Film Editor 27 James Finlayson 27 Thomas Benton Roberts Two Tars 30 Julie Bishop (Jacqueline Wells) The Bohemian Girl
September 17 Tuesday evening NEW DATE October 27 Sunday afternoon Way Out West Bar-B-Q* NEW DATE December 10 Tuesday evening
* Cost for this event not included with dues.