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

I doubt if Morros was ever a ‘Commie’—not to my knowledge anyway. However, he was a counter-spy for the F.B.I.

Stan Laurel

                July 1st.'59.
Dear Ernie [Murphy]:
    RE Boris Morros, I don't think he had any connections with the trouble that Roach Jr. was in - it was the Scranton Corpn. a manufacturing outfit - probably making 'Black-Jacks,' they evidently tested one on young Hal & it worked perfectly - during his coma they purloined the Studio. Its sure a weird situation. I doubt if Morros was ever a 'Commie' - not to my knowledge anyway, however he was a counter-spy for the F.B.I. & his film activities was his cover up in Russia - I met him in Paris in 1950, he told me he was selling & buying films behind the Iron Curtain. I understand he is now writing a book on his experiences.
    Eda joins in love & best & lots of luck. Take care of yourself - let me know your new address when you get settled.
    Bye Ernie - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Independent film maker Boris Morros (who produced Laurel and Hardy’s The Flying Deuces for RKO in 1939) was a member of the KGB working as a double agent for the U.S. in the ’40s and ’50s. Morros’ book, “My Ten Years as a Counter-Spy,” was published in 1959.



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

I can’t stick this ‘Rock & Roll’ business. It’s moronic to me.

Stan Laurel

                July 2nd.'59.
Dear Earl [Manbeck]:
    No, Steve Allen hasn't contacted me as yet, in fact I don't think he arrived in Town yet, but I doubt I shall be hearing from him till he gets his new show started off I understand too he bought a big home out here, so will probably be busy getting the place fixed up as I think he intends to live here permanently anyway, Ill give him plenty of time to get in touch with me & if nothing happens, I have a similar offer for a L&H series who are anxious to make a deal with us in connection with N.B.C.
    No, the Apt. isn't air conditioned, it isn't necessary as we are facing the Ocean & we don't get sun on that side till after noon, so its always pleasant & cool in the summer.
    I just signed another year's lease, but they took advantage, being the start of the tourist season they raised my rent $25. This is one of the choice Apt. & they get $350 per month for it during the summer & transients pay $24. per day for it.
    I hate to have to pay this extra amount, but am very happy here & didn't want the trouble of looking for a cheaper place & the great effort on moving, so decided to accept the raise in price, its a bit rough on me financially being unable to supplement my income, but am able to manage, & am in hope something will materialize with the book & L&H series & bring me in a few bucks.
    The new record you've got sounds interesting haven't heard a good old- fashioned German Band in years, what a wonderful happy era that was. I can't stick this 'Rock&Roll' business, its moronic to me.
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                July 3rd.'59.
Dear Fred [Karno, Jr.]:
    I feel I'm in a class with old Charlie Griffith, 'Whimmy Walker' & old George Farnley - what characters they were! We do'nt see those types of personalities any more, what funny comics they were - remember when we played Skating? Farnley could never skate. Before we went on he used to say: "Now, not too boisterous Boy. I can't walk with these bloody wheels on mi plates. If you knock me down you'll bloody well 'ave to drag me orf - so 'elp me, I'll never be able to get up again!"
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STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                July 10th.'59.
Dear Ernie [Murphy]:
    I doubt if [Boris] Morros was ever a 'Commie' - not to my knowledge anyway, however he was a counter-spy for the F.B.I. & his film activities was his cover up in Russia - I met him in Paris in 1950, he told me he was selling & buying films behind the Iron Curtain. I understand he is now writing a book on his experiences.
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Boris Morros (1891-1963) was an American Communist Party member, Soviet agent, and FBI double agent. He also worked at Paramount Pictures, where he produced films as well as supervised their music department. His movie production credits include The Flying Deuces (1939) with Laurel and Hardy. His book, My Ten Years as a Counter-Spy, was published in 1959.



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

                July 16th.'59.
Dear Earl [Manbeck]:
    Am returning the letter you recd. from Steve Allen haven't heard from him as yet I know he must be plenty busy right now & lots on his mind. It was indeed nice of you to try & help me in this situation & I appreciate your effort many thanks for the nice thought it may help a lot & am sure won't do any harm. He seems to be a very nice chap to take the time to personally answer his mail, especially at a hectic time like this moving lock, stock & barrel to the Coast thats a lot of work & energy. Maybe he'll need some vitamins!!.
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STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Television has done a lot of harm to the theatre business and many of the cinemas, too. They can’t compete with free entertainment.

Stan Laurel

                July 18th.'59.
Dear Mary [Rutter]:
                Thanks your welcome letter,15th.inst.
Glad you are enjoying the nice weather & feeling good. Too bad there is so much unemployment - it must be very discouraging to all these people - I guess if the Shipyards are not doing any business, there's nothing can be done about it. Lets hope conditions will improve & get the men back on the job again.
    I had a letter from Jack Hogg, said there was a newspaper strike going on there - you probably know about it.
    Eda & I are feeling pretty good dear, so everything is fine with us.
    Yes the Television has done a lot of harm to the Theatre business & many of the Cinemas too, they can't compete with free entertainment, & its more convenient for people to stay at home & see a show in comfort, in bad weather especially.
    I heard that the Empire in Sunderland had closed down - I was'nt surprised, they have'nt done good business for a long time now, did'nt think it would last as long as it did in fact.
    Not much to tell you dear, so all for now.
    Love & fond thoughts from us both here, to Dorothy self & her Hubby. Take care of yourself dear.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 xxx xxx


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                July 23rd.'59.
No, am not anywhere near where that fire was, but strange to say, it happened in "Laurel Canyon," a section of Hollywood. Yes, I know Bert Wheeler very well, but have'nt seen him in a long time, interesting to know he is making commercials now. Bob Woolsey died several years ago, at the time he was making films with Bert - I guess that's why Bert never mentions him.
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Letter from Stan Laurel to Robert Silver
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                July 29th.'59.

Mr.Robt.Silver,
4740,No.9th.Street,
PHILADELPHIA.41.PA

Dear Mr Silver:
    Thank you for your information & literature regarding the 'Bowlers Score Book'.
    My not being a bowling Fan, I am naturally not interested in your proposition. - Thanks anyway for your suggestion. Please find enclosed the items concerning this matter.
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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