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

                Nov.16th.'59.
Dear Jennie & Jack [Racey]:
    Thanks yours,5th.inst. with enclosed news article regarding Marcel Marceau the French pantomimlst - note you do'nt care much for his type of work - probably you are not familiar with this 'Lost Art', so it does'nt appeal to you.
    Marceau is considered all over the World to be the greatest pantomimist of all time & is unequalled in his line - I have great admiration for him & his marvelous talent. I think if you saw him perform in Person on a stage, you would appreciate him a lot more than on the screen & I have seen him in a large theatre cause audiences to stand up & cheer after entertaining them for a solid two hours, alone on an empty stage - no scenery, no orchestra, no Props or setting of any kind - what little music there is, is supplied by a phonograph off stage with some records - anyone who can do this is certainly a genius - its really fantastic & thrilling to see. Anyway, enough's enough.!!
    Pleased to hear your help situation is in good shape & things are working out smoothly. Am delighted to know Jack you have started to walk with a cane - sounds like you've improved a great deal - get as much exercise as possible, keep out of that chair as often as you can, it will give you confidence in yourself & soon you will manage to get around without a cane - thats what I did in two weeks time, try once in a while to walk without it, if necessary hang on to the furniture to get around, you'll be surprised how soon you wo'nt need to do that even - try sliding down the Ramp.!!.
    No, I did'nt get a new Typewriter yet - hate to part with this somehow, have had it so many years (about 30).
    You mention Ed Murrow, did you see his show on Tv last Sunday? One of the guests was an Irish Playwright in Dublin - was terribly drunk & became very insulting - they finally had to cut him off the air, Murrow & the others were very embarrased, it is surprising they let him go on the air being in this condition.
    Steve Allen dropped in to see me last Wednesday evening, spent a couple of hours with us - he's very charming - enjoyed meeting him very much.
    Well this is about all the current news to date, so Adios mi Amigos. Eda joins in every good wish to you both.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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

Steve Allen he came to see me about a week ago. He seems to be a nice sort of guy and I enjoyed meeting him. He’s very affable.

Stan Laurel

                Nov.20th.'59.
Dear Earl [Manbeck]:
    Strange you should mention Steve Allen he came to see me about a week ago (Wednesday Evening 11th.) One of his comics came with him (Louis Nye) and four of his writers consequently I was unable to discuss anything regarding the L&H series, & the fact that he didn't bring up the matter, makes me feel that he has dropped the idea entirely I really think that's the reason he brought so many with him to avoid my bringing the matter up otherwise I would have asked him about it. Anyway, am not too disappointed, these things are very prevalent in Show. Bus. & I have experienced many 'let downs' to let it bother me in any way. He seems to be a nice sort of guy & I enjoyed meeting him, he's very affable.
    I've heard many complaints regarding his new show, even rumors that The 'Plymouth' Sponsorship wants to pull out of the deal before the Season ends I frankly don't think the show is as bad as all that I thought this week's show was good entertainment its impossible to have a hit comedy show every week, there's bound to be some weak ones occasionally its awful tough on a comic especially.
    I understand Jackie Gleason is doing a Broadway Show "Take Me Along" its a smash hit, a musical version of "Ah, Wilderness" they say he's terrific in it & is predicted for a long run. I think he was wise to get out of TV he's much better off doing a show not so much strain. TV is a great responsibility on a comic & is killing work doing a new show every week I know I'd be a nervous wreck.
    Carney has done several TV appearances, but unfortunately has been mis-caste playing straight roles - he seems lost without Gleason.
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Take Me Along opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on October 22, 1959 and closed on December 17, 1960 after 448 performances. Jackie Gleason went on to win a Tony award for Best Actor in the musical.



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

An old married couple decided to celebrate their 40th honeymoon in bed. She said to the old man who was already in bed, ‘Can you wait honey till I take my stockings off?’ He said, ‘Hell, I could wait til you knit a pair!’

Stan Laurel

                Nov.21st.'59.
Dear Phillip [Nesbit]:-
                Thanks yours, recd, this AM.
I spent a few days there, in '41 - the occasion was a movie 'Good Will' trip & was represented by all the Stars of that time in Hollywood - had lunch at the American Embassy.
    Note your gag repertoire is low, so here's one for you: An old married couple decided to celebrate their 40th honeymoon in bed. She said to the old man who was already in bed 'Can you wait honey till I take my stockings off? He said; 'Hell, I could wait til you knit a pair.'!!!
    Bye Phil. Take care of yourself.
    Best from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.


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

The last Laurel and Hardy film was made in France, titled ‘Utopia.’ Sorry to say it was the worst we ever made.

Stan Laurel

                Nov.27th.'59.
Dear Glenn Laxton:
                Thanks yours, 23rd.inst.
Nice to hear from you again & to know alls well with you. Note you have a Tape recorder - what make is it? Mine is a 'Wollensak'. Am sure you will get a lot of pleasure out of it. I get a lot of fun out of mine recording Candid Conversations when several people visit me at one time & during card games sometimes — I hide the 'Mike' from view, & before they leave I play it back for them & they sure get a big kick out of it, its amazing how funny these conversations are under these conditions.
    The last L&H film was made in France, titled 'UTOPIA', sorry to say it was the worst we ever made. We had a lot of trouble on that one, due to language barrier — sickness etc. I was in hospital for eight weeks during the film, had a serious operation, dropped in weight from 170lbs. to 114. never thought I'd manage to finish the picture, it was really a nightmare for me.
    Regarding another picture of L&H - I should be pleased to send you another pose, different to what you have, but unfortunately, the rest are all stored away & it would be too difficult for me to locate them, if I ever have occasion to go to the Store-house, I shall with pleasure send you one. When I moved into the Apt. I did'nt have room for all of my belongings, consequently they're all packed away.
    However I do have a personal picture of L&H. taken a few years ago, so maybe you'd like to have one (enclosed).
    The John Wayne film you saw recently in which Hardy was in, was made in '48. (released in '49.) We had just returned from a European tour & Mr Wayne being a good friend of Hardy requested him to appear alone in this film, so of course I had no objection as I badly needed a rest. After this film we both returned to Great Britain again. Incidently I never did see this film.
    Yes, Jimmy Finlayson was older than Hardy & I, I think about 8 years — we both were very fond of Jimmy — a great comic.
    Thanks for your Thanksgiving wishes - hope you too had a happy time.
    Weather here still very Hot - tween 80 and 90 today, so not much Xmas spirit in evidence, except for decorated streets & stores - I imagine its quite different back there, must be pretty cold now I guess.
    All for now Glen. Mrs L. joins in every good wish.
    Take care of yourself.
                Very Sincerely always:
Stan Signature                 Stan Laurel.


Top Pantomime Artist on TV

Marcel Marceau

Today’s foremost pantomime artist is here to pay homage to some or the great names who created the golden age of comedy.
    “I want very much to see Mack Sennett” said Frenchman Marcel Marceau, “I would like to meet Buster Keaton and to pay a visit to my old friend, Stan Laurel. They are great men who lifted pantomime to a fine art. I owe a great deal to them.”
    Marceau, world famous as the non talking, white-faced clown, whose supple body can enact almost any human situation, came here for Dinah Shore’s TV salute to France. A wry-faced man with a fright-wig hairdo, he paused to reflect on the sorrows and hopes for pantomime.
    “It was a great, great art in the silent films of Hollywood,” he said. “I am sorry that it has virtually disappeared with talking films. And yet, there is still some good pantomime.”
    I mentioned what a leading American comic had told me recently: that pantomime is dead in comedy today because audiences need the added punch or the spoken word.
    “I do not think that is so,” Marceau replied, “Audiences still like pantomime—if they can get it.
    “The trouble is that there is no training ground for pantomimists in this country, It is like the ballet: if you do not have schools to train young dancers, you will have no ballet.”
    Marceau is doing what he can to promote his art. Several months a year, he operates a school for tyros in Paris. His last class was 80 pupils, including many Americans. He had to turn away more than double that number.

—Associated Press
    November 7, 1959

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