January 6, 1937

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.,
Culver City, California

    This will confirm our agreement that the undersigned, STAN LAUREL, will appear in that certain picture entitled "PICK A STAR", including appearances and added scenes, sound tracks, process shots, transparencies, trick shots, trailers, changes or foreign versions, as may be necessary; also as to say stills or publicity pictures that may be desirable for the exploitation of the picture.
    You shall have full title to and ownership of the picture and any sound in connection therewith and all copyrights applicable therein.
    I shall receive the sum of $10,000.00 for all of my appearances and work in connection with the picture.
                Very truly yours,
Stan Laurel Signature

Stan Laurel and Bride At Home

Stan Laurel and Bride At Home Stan Laurel with wife, Vera Ivanova Shuvalova

Stan Laurel, film comedian, and his third wife, Vera Ivanova Shuvalova, Russian dancer known as Illeana, were today unconcerned over his second wife disputing their marriage in a Yuma elopement early New Year’s Day. They are shown at the piano in their Hollywood apartment.

—AP Wirepohoto
    January 5, 1937

Business Salaries

By Thomas M. Pryor

To the envy and entertainment of many a citizen, to the embarrassment and chagrin of a few, the House Ways & Means Committee last week opened for public inspection two fat typewritten volumes containing the names of U. S. employes receiving salaries, commissions and bonuses totaling more than $15,000 in 1935. Not to be confused with the corporate salary schedules required by the Securities & Exchange Commission, this list was compiled from income tax returns. Highest-paid individual in the land that year was William Randolph Hearst, who drew $500,000 as head of Hearst Consolidated Publications Inc. A close second was Mae West. For her box-office sex appeal, the corporeal basis of which she has had immortalized in marble, Paramount paid $480,833.
    The list was not without its oddities.
    Three hot dog vendors at Manhattan’s Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds received more ($30,000 to $34,999) than Pitchers Lefty Gomez ($20,000) and Carl Hubbell ($17,500). From Hal Roach Studios fat Funnyman Oliver Hardy had received only about half as much ($85,316) as his slender colleague Stan Laurel ($156,266).

—Time Magazine
    January 18, 1937

Stan Watermark