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

                Aug.3rd.'59.
Dear Betty [Healy]:
    Enjoyed so much seeing you again - thought you looked very well indeed & Wayne too - it was wonderful to get a few good laughs again.
    Trust you had no parking difficulties & arrived home safely with the couch & washing machine. After you left I read your story article - it was wonderful Betty - beautifully written - you deserve a lot of credit & admiration,you have great talent Betty.
    I ordered the little electric Fan for you, it should arrive in about a week, but you will have to get a couple of batteries for it as those are not included in the order. You can get them at your local hardware store after you pick it up at the Post Office - they'll put them in for you. You can stand it on top of your dash board in the car on your way home & keep cool - take the front of the fan cage off so you'll get more breeze - hope you'll enjoy it.
    All for now Betty - take care of yourself.
    Love & best from us both here to Wayne & self.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                Aug.6th.'59.
Dear Booth [Colman]:
    Enclosed clipping out of Aug.4th. issue of 'Reporter' re U.S. Productions Abroad in the near future. If you have'nt already read this, thought it would give you further inspiration to gird your loins & set Sail for the Shores of Sunny Spain ---- 'And may the Best Man Win'!!!
    Kidding aside Booth it does sound encouraging & worthwhile.
    We finally got a letter from the British Consul in Moscow, he requests further information on the matter - birth dates etc. & rest of the Family info. so he can check with some Russian Bureau who handle these situations. Anyway, Eda is very delighted about it all, she found a few more details, checking through some old correspondence from her folks, so it may be of some help. (I sent this on to them).
    Mickey Rooney called me yesterday, he was very enthusiastic. It seems that he && Jackie Gieason are both hot on the idea of making a good old fashioned Slapstick film together & doing it in the characters of L&H & they want me to colaborate on a story they have in mind for a feature length in Color (not TV.] L&H would be in the deal 50% & a salary for me throughout the production. Mickey had already talked with Ben Shipman & he & his manager are to meet with Ben to-day to draw up an agreement, there will be a cash consideration to hold an option till they are ready to start.
    Ben will call me if a deal materializes, so do'nt voice it around Booth till I know definitely - if it does go through, no doubt it will be well covered by the press.
    I too have just got the finished script on the L&H book which is now in the hands of E.H.Dutton Co. for their approval, so things are looking pretty bright again thank God.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon Booth. Take care of yourself.
    Love & best from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                August 7th.'59.
Dear Betty [Healy]:
                Thanks yours,3rd.inst.
Sorry to hear you got a parking ticket - it not so much the cost, but the trouble & inconvenience it puts you too - think it would have been easier for you to mail it in. Anyway, at least you had an interesting chat with the desk sergeant - I too remember that Clara Bow case very well, it was quite a scandal.
    Yes,I knew the three Moore boys very well - I believe Owen & Matt died, so this one the sergeant told you about is evidently Tom, I have'nt seen or heard of for years - they were all two fisted drinkers, its amazing Tom is still alive after hitting the bottle for so many years, he must be in a hell of a shape - they were all talented actors too in their day.
    It must have been pretty late by the time you got home, having to pick oranges & load the Washing machine etc. that was a long hard trip for you in one day - must have been worn out. Tough on Wayne too, having to go to work early next AM. Anyway now that the Kid's not there, you'll have a chance to rest up & take it easy. I just remembered, Wayne did'nt have to work next day, being Sunday - note Dick Lloyd & his wife visited you for dinner.
    I feel the same way as you regarding Kids - I love them & all that, but do'nt want any part of them - a couple of hours visit is enough for me.
    Just wrote you a few days ago, so not much to tell you.
    Hope your recd. the Fan OK. Eda joins in love & best to Wayne & self.
    Take care of yourself Betty.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Clara Bow (1905–1965) was an American actress and sex symbol, best known for her silent film work in the 1920s. Bow was widely recognized as the original “It Girl.”

Owen Moore (1886-1939) and his brothers Tom (1883-1955) and Matt (1888–1937) had successful careers in motion pictures. Moore made 279 movies spanning from 1908 to 1937, possibly more than any other actor. All three have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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

                August 11th.'59.
Dear Rick [Capra] & Marie:
    Just to let you know am mailing the Tape of the L&H act, also a list of explanations which will be of some help to you I think.
    After I had packed it, I found I had'nt put the little drawing of the setting, so please find it enclosed - I'm a very poor artist, so excuse my bad attempt - anyway its a rough idea.
    In haste.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

SKETCH ENCLOSURE - AUGUST 11, 1959
Stan Laurel Sketch


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

                August 17th.'59.
Dear Jennie & Jack [Racey]:
                Thanks yours,14th.Inst.
Sorry to hear about the upset in the help dept., strange they both left for the same reason & too in the same area (Down South), thats quite a coincidence - if true? Did they say If they would return or not?.     I can Imagine how helpless you must have felt when they left all of a sudden. Anyway, it was fortunate you were able to get someone in right away. I still think you'd be better off in getting Foreign Refugees - much more reliable - if they had any deaths in their family, they would'nt be able to walk out on you - too dam far to go.
    Hope you'll be able to get along OK till you find a satisfactory couple again - next time get a couple of Orphans.!
    Glad you got a laugh out of the 'Nurse cartoon' Jack - incidently, did I tell you about a Drunk type guest at one of the swank Las Vegas Hotel's? - during one of his Spree's he urinated in the swimming pool & was requested to leave immediately - on receiving the notice he stormed down to the manager & was very indignant - 'What the hell's the idea of picking on me? everybody else around here does it.!! The manager: 'That may be so Sir, BUT NOT FROM THE DIVING BOARD'.!!.
    Note Freddy brought you a big box of Candy Jennie - sure sounds tempting - hope you left some for Jack.!! I bet you had a grand time riding in the new 'Thunder-Bird' - they're wonderful little cars, so attractive.
    Do you know Wallace Ford the Actor? you've probably seen him many times on the screen - he came to visit me yesterday & with him was Mae Clark - remember her? she was a Star in the early silent films. It was the first time I'd met her, she looks wonderful for her age & very charming - I've known 'Wally' for many many years, he's a great character & a lot of fun to be with.
    Think thats all for now. Regards & best from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Note from the Editor

Mae Clarke (1910-1992) was an American actress most noted for playing Dr. Frankenstein’s bride in Frankenstein (1931), and for having a grapefruit smashed into her face by James Cagney in The Public Enemy (1931).



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

Most of these books covering the history of the movies have never devoted much space to Laurel and Hardy. We were never popular with ‘high-brow’ writers or critics for some reason, even though we were public favorites throughout the world.

Stan Laurel

                August 17th.'59.
Dear Earl [Manbeck]:
    No, I haven't heard from Steve Allen as yet maybe he's had a change of mind. However I'm not worried about it one way or another thats Show Bus. You can't depend on anything or anybody in this profession.
    Glad you are enjoying "The Liveliest Art" book when was it published? I believe I have a copy of it in my library collection, my books being stored away am not too sure, seems to me I read it. Most of these books covering the history of the Movies have never devoted much space to L&H we were never popular with 'high-brow' writers or critics for some reason, even tho' we were public favorites throughout the World, we were regarded as little consequence to them ('The Critics').
    I note the author of this book quoted that we were 'Stage trained & could talk' as it happens, Hardy had little or no stage training at all & my stage experience was basically pantomimic very seldom talked, & when we ventured into the Sound period of films we fortunately decided to do as little talking as possible, as we knew we weren't capable of dialogue, we were Clowns, not actors, we let all the others do the talking. After a while of course we did start to talk more as we got accustomed to it, but we still relied on our pantomime mostly all through our career.
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

The Liveliest Art: A Pantomime History of the Movies was written by Arthur Knight, a movie critic, film historian, professor and TV host. It was first published in 1957.



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

                August 21st.'59.
Dear Mrs [Marie] Hatfield:
    Thanks yours,I9th.inst. & too for your previous letter of July l8th. which I neglected to answer - I intended to several times, but had really nothing much to tell you of any interest, so figured I'd wait. Am afraid the situation is still 'Status Quo'.
    Re-planting the Begonias was quite a job - I used to have borders of them out at the ranch, they're very attractive. Am fond of giant pansies too, such wonderful coloring.
    Surprised to note you've been having cool weather, its still quite hot here - over a 100 out in the Valley & is expected to continue.
    Note the L&H films are still running up there, they are seldom on here. I have'nt been watching TV very much during this Summer season - nothing but re-runs, my only interest is the Fights & News - next month of course we'll be getting new programs & something worth while looking at.
    Pleased to tell you, we both here feel pretty good - no serious complaints in the health dept. thank goodness.
    Mrs L. joins in every good wish to you all.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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

                August 29th.'59.
Dear Betty [Healy]:
    Thanks yours,27th.inst. with enclosure of 3rd. issue of your news column. Yes I recd. the other two - the first one I acknowledged already. Each one is improving Betty & am glad to know your style is becoming popular in the Communities around there,this should give you a lot of encouragement & ambition.
    If I may suggest, I think it would be better if you held back the 'Beauty Tips' 'Recipes' & 'Diet' information etc. till the end of the column. In other words keep these items seperate from your news - its like a commercial breaking in on an interesting story. It kills the mood you started off with, being so unexpected, at least thats the re-action I got.
    I too think it would be a good idea to use that picture of yourself in Western Costume at the head of your column, its a good photo of you & would be attractive & appropriate, it would too make you familiar with your readers & give a nice impression of your personality.
    Re the L&H comic strip Betty, this idea has been considered several times in the past, & quite a few sample drawings have been submitted to us by different artists. One or two or them were excellent & we accepted them, but for some reason, they never were able to make a deal with the papers, we gave these artists the right to offer them, but nothing ever came or it. However if Mr Flanders & yourself want to try & do something with it, I have no objection whatsoever. If Mr Flanders can make a successful contact with the A.P. Mr Shipman would be pleased to discuss the matter fully with him & would handle the deal accordingly. You see Betty, the L&H Corporation still exists, & any deals that include the Hardy Estate have to go through this Corpn., I myself have no full authority in anything that Babe is connected with, Ben Shipman is the only one who can give a written permission to go ahead & promote this strip idea, & am sure if Mr Flanders needs this authority, Ben will be pleased to co-operate.
    Eda is looking forward to seeing the picture & will be happy to have one of mine in Color too - I appreciate your sweet thought in suggesting this Betty - hope someday I shall be able to [reciprocate] your kindness. Will send you the picture under seperate cover next week, its an old photo - taken B.C. !!
    All for now Betty. Take care or yourself. Continued success on your journalistic venture.
    Eda joins in love & best to Wayne & Self.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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