OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                May.2nd.'59.
Dear Gary [Arnold]:-
    Thanks your nice letter of April 24th.
It was indeed nice to hear from you & to know all is well with you - you sure must be busy with all that homework, covering so many courses, I guess you have little time now to devote to your small club activities & I imagine your newspaper is now defunct.
    Note you will soon be taking your vacation - if you should happen to be around this area, do'nt forget to give me a call. I guess you have grown quite a bit since I saw you last.
    Yes, I intend to continue to stay here at this Hotel, I like the location very much, its bright & pleasant facing the Ocean, & very convenient for me having an elevator right to the garage as its difficult for me to climb any stairs in my condition.
    Everything with me is just as usual, so not much to tell you.
    Mrs Laurel joins in regards & best to your Mother & Dad & of course your good self.
    Take care of yourself.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                As Sincerely always:
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.


RUBBER STAMP - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                May 15th.'59.
Dear Elmer [Westover]:
                Thanks yours,13th.inst.
Nice to hear from you again, but sorry to note the employment situation is'nt too good. Anyway am pleased you are able to fill in some time at the Airport, doing odd jobs, it will at least keep you busy till conditions are better again, otherwise it would be very discouraging to lay around idle.
    Was quite surprised to know you were subjected to Brush Fires back there, especially after having had such a bad Winter, it does'nt seem possible that it should become so dry in such a short time.
    Note you have'nt seen any L&H films recently, its the same here too, I guess they are about to quit showing them. I imagine there's not much demand for than now & the public are tiring of seeing the same films over & over again.
    Have seen several of the Buster Keaton's commercials 'Alka-seltzer', but none of Bert Wheeler's - who is he making them for?.
    I doubt if I shall ever appear on 'Linkletter's House Party' program Elmer, as you know, its difficult for me to get around much anymore - am not too interested anyway, & have no desire to face the camera again.
    All for now Elmer - enjoyed hearing from you.
    Take care of yourself.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                As Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Note from the Editor

Buster Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the best known and most respected of the silent film comedians. Dubbed “The Great Stone Face” for his stoic demeanor, he wrote, directed and produced many of his films in the 1920s and 1930s. An innovator behind the camera as well as in front of it, Keaton was lauded for his sometimes dangerous brand of physical comedy and impeccable comic timing. Starting in 1958, he began appearing in television commercials for a host of advertisers including Alka-Seltzer.



OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                May 16th.'59.
Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:
    Yes, I'm afraid Variety is a thing past now. The TV medium of entertainment has taken its place, it costs less than going to the theatre & you avoid bad weather conditions & having to queue up possibly to see a poor show.
Stan Laurel Signature

Letter from Stan Laurel to Marie Hatfield
RUBBER STAMP - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Glad you enjoyed ‘Tit for Tat.’ We had a lot of fun on that film. We were behind on our schedule, so had to start shooting without a script and had to figure out the gags and routines as we want along. It was lucky it turned out as well as it did.

Stan Laurel

                May 18th.'59.
Dear Mrs [Marie] Hatfield:
    Thanks your nice letter,12th.inst. with enclosure of news clipping of the review covering the film Miss Heather Sears appeared in - she's evidently a very good little actress.
    Yes, we finally recovered ourselves after our friends visit, it was quite strenuous for me under my circumstances. Anyway we have no regrets.
    The coloring scheme on your house sounds very attractive, coral, grey & white trim - note you are familiar with the plastic awnings, they are so much better than canvass type.
    "Fra Diavalo" was run here too recently, I was very disappointed to see it so badly edited, the first [two] reels were cut out entirely, so the story was anybody's guess, the rest was a lot of gags & routines without motivation. I understand back East they do'nt cut our features up like this, they run half of it one day & the balance the next, which I think is a good idea & makes sense.
    Glad you enjoyed "Tit for Tat", we had a lot of fun on that film, we were behind on our schedule, so had to start shooting without a script & had to figure out the gags & routines as we want along. It was lucky it turned out as well as it did.
    You probably heard that the Hal Roach Studio had gone out of business due to financial difficulties - I felt pretty bad about it, having spent so many happy years on that Lot, I have many fond memories of it - am indeed sorry that this had to happen to Hal Roach Sr. he's getting on in years & has little chance of making a 'come back', he lost everything, including the Studio. Sad is'nt it.?
    Enclosed are some more stamps for Bob - he'll soon have to get a pair of those glasses you told me about when you visited the Stamp Collectors affair.!!
    Mrs L. joins in regards & best to you all.
                As Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

I’ll soon have to be getting a new typewriter, have had this one over 27 years, so its beginning to fall apart. I kind of hate to part with it, I gotten so used to it after all these years.

Stan Laurel

                May 21st.'59.
Dear Earl [Manbeck]:
    Steve Allen wrote me recently, he is coming out here to broadcast his shows this summer & will discuss a deal with me in regard to the L&H situation, so am keeping my fingers crossed that something will materialize.
    I'll soon have to be getting a new typewriter, have had this one over 27 years, so its beginning to fall apart. I kind of hate to part with it, I gotten so used to it after all these years. The new ones don't compare with the old machines have tried one or two & am not happy with them for some reason.
Stan Signature

Letter from Stan Laurel to Marie Hatfield
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                May.21st.'59.
Dear Mrs [Marie] Hatfield:
    Enclosed is the letter I mailed you last Monday - do'nt know [how] I managed to get the wrong number as I should know yours by heart after corresponding for so long. I must be getting NUTS.
    Anyway better late etc.
    Best to you all.
                As Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                May 22nd.'59.

Miss Joan Crawford,
20th Century-Fox Studio,
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dear Joan Crawford:
    I am trying to locate my friend Jimmy Murphy & would appreciate very much if you would kindly advise me of his whereabouts - I understand he was employed by you for some time. I realise you are very busy, so am enclosing you a card for your convenience.
    I would like to take this opportunity to express my belated deepest sympathy in your recent sad experience, I was sincerely sorry to hear of your misfortune, but trust by now you have become resigned & will adjust yourself again to a new successful career.
    Good luck & God Bless you.
    My admiration always.
                As Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Lois Laurel Adds

Jimmy Murphy (no relation to Ernie Murphy) was my Dad’s valet. He came to work for us after the “Treasure Island” San Francisco appearance. Jimmy had worked for Morton Downey. Morton didn’t need him anymore, so he asked my Dad if he needed a valet. My father was living at Fort Laurel then. Jimmy came to America with Wheeler and Woolsey and then somehow he ended up working for Morton Downey. He did the work of a valet—making sure my father’s clothes went to the cleaners and laid out his clothes for him. He’d also go to the studio with him where he was more or less a “go fer.” He stopped working for my Dad when he joined the service.



RUBBER STAMP - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                May 25th.'59.
Dear Booth [Colman]:
    a columnist friend of mine, Pat Ferro in Hawthorne,N.J. sent me a couple of the enclosed courtesey cards. Thought you'd like to have one in your pocket book in case you are charged with a rape attempt sometime.! This might carry some weight.
    How's things going Booth? trust alls well & happy. Everything here as usual, so not much to tell you,
    Eda joins in love & best.
    Take care of yourself.
                As As ever:-
Stan Signature

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