October 10, 1936.

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.,
Culver City, California.

    This will acknowledge receipt by me of Thirty Two Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Three end 74/100 ($32,353.74) Dollars cash, which is Thirty Two Thousand Five Hundred (l2,S00.00) Dollars less unemployment insurance tax, (representing two (2) payments of Sixteen Thousand One Hundred Seventy-six and 87/100 ($16,176.87) Dollars each) which sum, at my request, you will pay to me in advance on the picture which I am now making for you under our existing contract.
    I agree that the payment thereof shall not prejudice your rights and is not to be taken as evidence of completion of the picture and I agree hereafter to fully complete the picture in all respects in accordance with our agreements.
    Yours very truly,
Stan Laurel Signature SL/rb

Stan Laurel and Wife In Marital Rift

Virginia Ruth Laurel

Stan Laurel, solemn-faced “stooge” of the Laurel and Hardy movie comedy team, was described as the excitable possessor of a violent temper in a seperate maintenance suit in file here in which his wife, Mrs. Virginia Ruth Laurel, asks $1,235 a month.
    Mrs. Laurel said the actor earns $70,000 for each picture in which he appears and now has a contract that soon will pay him $200,000.
    She asked the court for a restraining order against Laurel, declaring she feared physical violence from him. They were married in 1935.

—International News Photo
    October 17, 1936

Second Woman Sues Stan Laurel

Mae Laurel

With Virginia Ruth Laurel suing Stan Laurel for separate maintenance, Mae Laurel, claiming to be the film comedian’s common law wife, brought suit today for $1,000 a month separate maintenance and $10,000 attorney fees.
    She claims they lived together as man and wife from 1919 to 1925.
    Mae Laurel is shown in this photo with a scrapbook she said she kept while she and the comedian were teamed in vaudeville.

—Associated Press
    October 31, 1936

Stan Watermark