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                OCT.2nd.'57.
Dear Ed [Patterson]:-
                Thanks yours Sept.28th.inst.
I was interested to note that an acquaintance of yours living in Nottingham, frequently visits my Sister’s pub. If you will let me know the name of your friend, I shall mention it to my sister in my next letter. She used to be in the dramatic business, never played the Halls. She & her husband run a little pub in a place called Bollesford (Notta), they have been there several years now.
    For people having troubles, I agree with you that Chaplin doesn't have any - financially, but nevertheless, he is a very unhappy man, & mentally troubled, you can rest assured, success & Worldly goods do'nt insure happiness & content, & there are many others in the same situation.
    I deeply appreciate your kind sentiments Ed regarding Mr Hardy & myself, I feel very gratified that we finished up in such high esteem with the public & our many countless friends. Your kind thoughts are greatly valued.
    Note you don’t get out much due to not having the energy - its the same with me Ed, I get terribly tired when I walk a short distance, & its all I can do to get back home. If its necessary for me to go somewhere - like the Dr. etc. Mrs L drives me in the car, & even that tires me very much & makes me very nervous. I don’t drive myself anymore, being in my condition, I’m afraid to take any chances, especially as there is a great deal of heavy traffic here & so many bad accidents.
    Well not much to tell you Ed, so all for now.
    Mrs L. joins in every good wish to you & yours.
    Bye, good luck & God Bless.
                Sincerely always:-
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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                Oct.4th.'57.
Dear Elmer [Westover]:-
                Thanks yours 30th.ult.
Pleased to note you enjoyed seeing "Fra Diavalo", its strange, it has'nt been shown out here for some reason, I would like to see it again, especially sans commercials.
    Glad you & your friends got a kick out of the tape recording I sent you, I often wish that sketch had been filmed so you could have seen the action of it.
    I shall be pleased to send you another Tape, but it may be quite a while before I can get one re-recorded for you, as I need another machine to do this & my friend is not in Town anymore, so will wait till I can borrow another outfit.
    Bye for now Elmer, it was nice to hear from you again.
    My regards & best.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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We had the same doubles for years. They didn’t look like us facially, but their build was approximate—one fat and one thin. In make-up there was great resemblance at a distance, and they acquired our mannerisms, which made them pretty convincing in the long shots.

Stan Laurel

                Oct.4th.'57.
My Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:-
    The stack of hay you mention in 'The Bullfighters' was a prop, a frame was built on rockers & covered with hay, our doubles worked on it in the long shots & we made the close-ups. Regarding the stand-ins, doubles & stunt men, it is a demand from the insurance Co's that all important players are to be protected from getting hurt, to avoid holding up production, in which case the insurance Co would have to bear the cost of the delay, so they won't permit any chances.
    We had the same doubles for years, they didn't look like us facially, but their build was approximate, one fat & one thin, & in make-up there was great resemblance at a distance & of course they acquired our mannerisms which made them pretty convincing in the long shots. During times they weren't working with us (between pictures) they would pick up extra work in other films & return to us whenever we were ready to start a new film.
    It was certainly interesting to hear about that college kid recording news from the radio during the time he was in school, its really amazing the many uses you can get out of a tape recorder, they are a wonderful machine to have.
    Note you haven't a TV set. I sold my old one when I rented the house, & bought a G.E. portable (14 inch) its a swell little outfit & gives a very clear picture surprising at the price a hundred & thirty Dollars I paid for it. However, our reception in this location isn't too good on account of the mountains surrounding this area, so we only get three stations which are relayed from San Diego & a lot of times we get a great deal of interference which makes it very bad for us, otherwise the picture is beautiful & clear as a bell. Thats the only objection to living here, am afraid we shall have to move again after the lease is up next June, as 1V is a necessity to me, & I feel lost without it.
Stan Signature

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                Oct.11th.'57.
My Dear Charlie [Chester]:-
    Have just received a copy of your wonderful eulogy to my dear late partner Olly, which Leonard Jones so kindly sent to me.
    It is difficult for me Charlie to express my deep appreciation for your kind and sweet thought, in creating this beautiful tribute, but I want you to know I feel very grateful to you for the lovely sentiment. My sincere thanks Charlie. Am having it framed. Trust all's well and happy with you, wish you continued success.
    Bye, good luck and God bless,
                Sincerely always:-
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Note from the Editor

Charlie Chester was named “Poet Laureate” of the “Grand Order of Water Rats” in 1953. Part of his responsibilities included writing a tribute for members when they passed away. The tributes were then ceremonially read aloud behind a vacant chair at the Lodge.



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                Oct.17th.'57.
My Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:-
    Yes, George Raft has quite a background, have met him several times, last time was in Paris, France in '50. I appeared on the same radio show with him which broadcast throughout Europe - I doubt if they understood my lousey attempt to speak French. Babe was'nt with me as I had gone ahead of him a few weeks to make preparations on the picture - story, etc. so I was requested to appear alone for some publicity purpose.
Stan Signature

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                Oct.18th.'57.
Dear Gary [Arnold]:-
                Thanks your 15th.inst. Yes, I recd. your cards & letters OL. my delay in answering them was unavoidable, due to the fact that I have been very busy acknowledging condolence letters & messages from all over the World regarding the loss of Mr Hardy - had very little time for personal correspondence - trust you will understand.
    Note you have taken snapshots of the club, I shall be very interested to see them when you have them finished.
    Regarding a L&H Correspondence Club, I have no objection Gary, but I think it would be better to call it the "GARY ARNOLD MAIL CLUB" & keep it seperate from the L&H Club which you already have. However, its just a suggestion.
    No, I have'nt any snapshot of myself taken recently - shall be pleased to send you one next time I have one made.
    My address has'nt changed, I do'nt just bother with the 1/2 number as the postman now knows where I live - the whole building is 25406, the added numbers are the different apts.
    We too have been having a little rain & slightly cool, I like it for a change.
    All for now Gary. Take care of yourself.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature

STAN'S MALIBU APARTMENT TODAY - 25406-1/2 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA
25406-1/2 Malibu Road
Note from the Editor

“...the postman now knows where I live.” The actual address of Stan's apartment was 25406-1/2. The building on Malibu Road housed four apartments numbered 25406, 25406-1/2, 25408 and 25408-1/2. Stan stopped used the “1/2” in his correspondence midway through 1957. The apartment still retains that odd numbering above its entryway.



Letter from Stan Laurel to Marie Hatfield
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                Oct.25th.'57.
Dear Mrs [Marie] Hatfield:-
                Thanks yours 23rd.inst.
Pleased to know Bob Is so much better & back on the job again - congratulations.
    Note you expect to be down here in May. Our lease expires next June 25th. so you would be just in time to see the place before we move.
    Am afraid we shall have to find another place on account of this TV situation, the reception in this location is really bad, its a shame this had to happen as we like the apt so much. Anyway we hope to find some other place by the sea where the reception is better, around Oceanside is very nice, we are going to look around there sometime next month for a few days, we have some friends who live in La Jolla, so can visit them at the same time.
    That was nice that you & Bob were able to celebrate both birthdays together, glad you had a lovely time, I wish you both, a belated Many Happy Returns. Interesting to note you were born in Stanford, its a beautiful spot. Is Burlingame near there? some friends of mine live there, they are free from Scotland.
    Well, all for now. Mrs L. joins in kindest regards to you both. Enjoyed hearing from you again.
    Bye, good luck & God Bless.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


NO LETTERHEAD - 25406 Malibu Rd., Malibu, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                Oct.28th.'57.
Dear Gary [Arnold]:-
    Thanks yours 23rd.inst. regarding the L&H stickers, I doubt if I could let you have very many Gary, am getting low on these, & when finished I won't be ordering anymore. How many do you think you will need? There are no prices on them as they were made for private use, mainly autograph books.
    Interesting to hear about your newspaper idea, that will mean a lot of work for you, if you have a spare one, I would very much like to have a copy.
    Bye Gary. Lots of good luck.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Earl Manbeck
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                Oct.28th.'57.
My Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:-
                Thanks yours 23rd.inst.
Sorry my long delay in writing you, intended doing so many times, but circumstances prevented me, so many things happened these last few months, its been quite a strain on me & caused a great deal of neglect on my part - trust you will fully understand.
    I am indeed very interested in your new venture, I think its a wonderful idea Buck & should prove very profitable in that location. There is a little theatre here in Hollywood which runs on the same lines, excepting there is no display of Antique collection items you mention, which enhances the whole idea & gives it greater interest. This theatre runs early silents in their original lengths, also early sound films, I understand its very popular & does excellent business. I will try & get one of their mailing programs & send it on to you.
    "Hollywood of Yesterday" sounds very good, should be most attractive to the tourists. Approximately, where is Fort Meyers, is it near a key City? (have never been to Florida except an overnight stay in Miami).
    I certainly wish you lots or success with the project, it has great possibilities, especially with your knowledge & experience in the handling of it.
    I just had a letter from my friend Ed Kobus in Webster, N.Y. said he had been in touch with you. He sent me a set of Color slides & viewer to show me his little theatre & projection room which he has just finished, he did a wonderful job on it, perfect in every detail, its not of course compared to yours but he deserves a lot of credit for his idea of construction.
    We expect to move again next June on account of the TV situation here, the reception in this location is really bad, due to mountain interference etc. unfortunately nothing can be done about it.
    All for now Buck. Mrs L. joins in kindest regards to self & Family, trust alls well & happy.
    Good luck & God bless.
                Sincerely always:-
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.
PS. shall look forward to further news re Florida.


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Our TV situation is just the same—really awful. We shall definitely leave here when the lease is up next June. I would get out now if it were possible.

Stan Laurel

                Oct.31st.'57.
My Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:-
    Re the guys fighting in open touring cars, thats made effective by the speed of the camera, the cars are actually going slow & many time are attached to the camera truck or some other vehicle when they make side view shots also done by placing the cars in front of a screen. which in back, a picture of the moving Countryside or Street is projected & the whole thing is photographed from the front. Of course in the old comedy days a lot of this was actually done, & quite risky at times.
    Our TV situation is just the same, really awful, we shall definitely leave here when the lease is up next June, I would get out now if it were possible. There is a booster tower somewhere around here, but it cost a hundred Dollars to get hooked up plus 8 or 10 Dollars a month from then on (a racket). If I owned the place here I might go for it, but only renting, it would be foolish.
    On account of the TV being so lousy, I have to listen to the Boxing on the radio, so don't get much excitement with it, they have sounded pretty dull of late.
Stan Signature

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