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Dear Gary [Arnold]:-
Thanks yours of Feb.25th.
We too had quite a bit of rain in Malibu & chilly too, but think it will soon clear up.
Note you need some activity for the club - why do'nt you try amateur theatricals, am sure there must be some talent among your members for acting, singing & dancing, you could put on little shows. You would have a lot of fun doing short plays & dressing up in costumes & putting on make-up - you could copy some of the TV shows & also do ideas of your own. That would give you all plenty to do. I used to do this when I was a kid & got a lot of enjoyment out of it, it was really interesting. In the summer time I put on shows in the back yard for friends & neighbours & had a wonderful time entertaining them. Maybe this will be of some interest to you.
All for now Gary.
My best wishes.
PS. Note your birthday was Feb.24th. wish you a belated Many happy Returns.
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I have no particular favorite pictures. I was never fully satisfied with any of them, to be frank.
Dear Lee [McNutt]:-
Thanks your nice letter just recd.
Pleased to know you get so much pleasure & enjoyment seeing the L&H comedies. Yes, its too bad these films are so badly edited on TV, its necessary to cut them down of course to make time for the commercials, but I think they could be cut down more intelligently.
Interesting to note you keep a scrap book on the career of L&H, I appreciate very much your kindly interest.
Regarding “The Flying Deuces", I really do'nt know if that can be gotten in 16 or 8mm print. Maybe the place where you rent these films could check on it for you.
I have no particular favorite pictures, I was never fully satisfied with any of them to be frank.
Yes, I was born in England & came to this Country in 1910 in a show with Charlie Chaplin. I was born in a little Town called Ulverston, Lancashire. (near Lake Windermere).
Glad to know you enjoyed your visit to England & liked it better than any other place in Europe. There are some lovely spots there in the British Isles, my only objection is then unpredictable weather, it can be very miserable at times. You probably favored England on account of being able to speak the language?
The TV situation is very bad in our particular location, due the the high mountains in back of us the reception is terrible, some nights can't get a thing - very annoying. Expect to move in June to another spot where we wo'nt have this trouble.
It was indeed sad about Mr Hardy, I certainly miss him after the many years of happy association. No, we seldom shared pastimes, He liked to play Golf, card games & horse racing, my big hobby was deep sea fishing (Swordfish etc.)
We made four trips to Europe, spent about 9 months to a year each time, playing the 'Variety' theatres in Eng. France, Belgium, Denmark & Sweden. We also appeared at the London Palladium for a Royal Command Performance in ’47. it was a wonderful experience.
Enclosed is a little picture, thought you might like to include it in your scrap book.
Thanks again Lee for your interesting letter, I enjoyed hearing from you.
My regards & best wishes,
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If you are using a silent projector, I would suggest you get only silent films as the ones made in sound are not too good run without the sound track. The action is very slow and disappointing.
Dear Phillip [Nesbit]:-
Thanks yours 11th.inst.
Regarding the films you mention, The only one I would recommend out of this list is "Dirty Work", the rest are not among our best ones. Incidently, all these were originally two reelers, if now cut down to one, I doubt if they are worth renting for your purpose. The "Paperhanger's Helper" is not a L&H film, that was made by Hardy & some other comic, before Hardy & I ever met. I heard about it but never saw it, it may be OK. Perhaps the Photo shop could find some better ones for you.
If you are using a silent projector, I would suggest you get only silent films as the ones made in sound are not too good run without the sound track - the action is very slow & disappointing. Sorry am unable to give you the dates etc. when they were made - so long ago I do'nt remember.
All for now Philip. See you soon.
Regards & best.
The Paperhanger’s Helper (1915) is a standard bit of slapstick knockabout starring Bobby Ray and Oliver Hardy, with Bobby making a mess of a sanitarium wallpaper job while Oliver sits about ‘supervising’ and putting the crush on a pretty nurse.