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

                SEPTEMBER 4th.'61.
Dear Jon Newsom:
    Thanks your interesting letter. regarding Mr McCabe's reference to the advent of sound in the L&H book, I do'nt think he intimated that we did'nt realise the importance of sound & the wonderful new opportunities it afforded us - I can assure you, it gave us new life & enthusiasm.
    Re the Cry mannerism - this for some reason had big appeal to many of our Fans & became a trade mark along with 'Ollie's' Tie-twiddle & my business of scratching my head, but I must confess it was one of my pet aversion's - I tried many times to discard it, but was always persuaded to continue.
    Anyway, its water under the bridge now.
    Again my thanks for your kindly interest & sentiments.
    My kindest regards & every good wish to your Brother Bob & Self.
    Trust alls well & happy.
    Cheerio & God Bless.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Letter from Stan Laurel to Bob and Marie Hatfield

                SEPTEMBER 11th.'61.
Dear Bob & Marie [Hatfield]:
                Thanks yours,7th.inst.
Am sure you had a wonderful time visiting your brother Bill & his wife, & their animal family, thats quite a troupe to have to shake hands with - imagine if they all wanted autographs.!!
    The Roast turkey sounds very inviting - I guess after you all got through will that you wanted to 'Sing along with Mitch'.!!!.
    Pleased to note you're feeling so much better Marie & the kidney dept. is clearing up.
    Yes I saw Jerry Lewis on the Sullivan show, that was a re-run which was taped sometime ago - do'nt give me any credit for his improvement - Jerry only listens to Jerry.!!.
    Weather here is very hot, but the ice cream wagons out front here help to look cool, & such divine music. Drives you SCREWY.!!
    Thanks for the cartoon clippings - very cute.
    Mrs L. joins in regards & best to yourselves & Mother.
    Take care & God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

In the 1960s, Mitch Miller became a household name with his television show Sing Along With Mitch, a sing-along program featuring him and a male choir. Miller coined the catch phrase “All Smiles.” These were preceded by the instructions to “sing along, just follow the bouncing ball” (a large dot that “bounced” above the words that were superimposed on television of the song that Mitch was singing).


                SEPTEMBER 11th.'61.
Dear Dick Sloan:
                Thanks yours,8th.inst.
Shall be pleased to get some copies of the Stills you mention - appreciate your kind gesture.
    Incidently, you mention Mae Busch being in the "Blockheads" film - that was'nt Mae Busch, it WAS Minna Gombel.
    Regarding the voice situation for the L&H cartoons - I frankly do'nt know if anyone has been chosen or not - interesting to hear about the L&H L.P. record - if you happen to locate this recording I would like very much to have a tape copy of it & I'd like the copy of John McCabe on the Joe Franklin show you mention too.
    Again my thanks & best wishes.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Please convey my best to Chuck McCann.

Note from the Editor

Joseph Franklin (born 1926) is an American radio and television personality. Franklin hosted the first television talk show in America in 1950 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993. Known as “the king of nostalgia,” Franklin’s highly-rated show focused on old-time show-business personalities.


                SEPTEMBER 25th.'61.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
    Thanks yours, 20th.inst.
Yes, I had a nice letter from Bed Chadwell - told me he was leaving for Europe shortly, also mentioned you had acquired several L&H films & he was going to attend the Premiere before he left.
    That sound proof Booth is a very good idea, those Bell & Howell projectors are generally very noisy & overshadow the sound, very disturbing & annoying. Is your booth portable? they're nice to have in the event you run the films outdoors during the summer in the Garden (HOME DRIVE-IN)!!
    Re the Hedge Maze in "Chump At Oxford" the Full Long Shot scene of this was actually painted on glass, I believe the original setting is the one & only Maze which is located in Hampton Court in London, Eng. The hedge maze we worked in was built on a stage at the studio in two sections, every scene was made in the same set, but each scene we changed different objects, such as a statue - a bench - an exit sign, etc. which give the impression the maze was endless - incidentally they were real live hedges, actually growing at the studio, they were replanted after the film was finished, & still there I guess.
    I doubt if the "Music Box" Steps would be located now, I remember they were somewhere South of Hollywood Blvd. in L.A. But so many changes have been made since then - Freeways etc. the steps could be seen very easily at the time we used them as there was a great deal of vacant property. I imagine that section is all built up now & probably the steps are no longer in view.
    The home in "Big Business" was in Cheviot Hills, but have no idea of the street name, I guess the house is still there. "Finishing Touch" was also made in Cheviot Hills we used some vacant lots & erected the frame of the house we used in the film.
    I too recd. nice acknowledgements from your friends in response to the books. Incidently, I appreciated your kind thought & gesture in the purchase of these books.
    Shall look forward to seeing you again when Ben returns from his trip.
    Just found out I am subject to High Blood pressure so now I've got something new to worry about.!!!
    Bye Tom - Mrs L. joins in kind thoughts to yourself & Family.
                As ever
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

The house Stan, Ollie and James Finlayson wrecked in Big Business is located at 10281 Dunleer Drive, Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles.


                SEPT. 29th.'61.
Dear Queenie [Karno]:
                Thanks yours,27th.inst.
Nice to hear from you, but sorry to know of your ill health & your occasional visits to St John's for treatment - pleased to know you are feeling much better now - hope you're taking good care of yourself.
    Note your Dr. is a L&H Fan - please convey my regards & best. I just mailed him a picture per your request, hope he will receive it in good condition (undamaged in transit.)
    Have'nt been feeling too good of late, high blood pressure business or something, have never had this nonsense before, so now have this to worry about - BLIMEY.!!
    Eda joins in every good wish, hope to see you sometime.
    Cheerio & God Bless.                 As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

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