POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.4th.'61.
Dear Rita [Harrison]: Thanks your nice letter. Glad to know all is well with you & your Grandpa Jackie is feeling much better.
    Wish you all a very Merry Xmas, lots of good health & happiness in '62.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
                'Uncle'
Stan Signature                 xxxx
                STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Note you read some article in ‘TV Guide’ about me being unhappy. I assure you I am not in the least unhappy. In fact, I am very happy and content in my retirement.

Stan Laurel

                DEC.7th.'61.
Dear Phil [Heistad]:
    Note you read some article in TV GUIDE about me being unhappy, etc., Don't pay attention to those magazine stories. I assure you I am not in the least unhappy, in fact I am very happy and content in my retirement. I don't know why these reporters make such false statements. Anyway, I could'nt care less what they say.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Late in life, Stan constantly fought off untrue allegations of unhappiness and poverty started by sensationalized stories in tabloid newspapers. To Stan’s extreme displeasure, many European publications as well as the widely-distributed American magazine, TV Guide, ran similar stories as a result of new attention brought on him by his recent Oscar win.



POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DECEMBER 8th. '61.
Thanks [Arthur Westwood] for the very nice card - appreciated the kind remembrance. I too wish you & your family a very Merry Yuletide, lots of good health, success & happiness in '62.
    Good luck - God Bless.
    Note re the L&Hardy book - hope you will enjoy & find it interesting.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.9th.'61.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
    Recd. books today - have autographed & am returning them right away. (Via 4th.Class mail)
    Regards & best from us both here.
                Haste:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DECEMBER 11th.'61.
Dear Dick Sloan:
    Many thanks your letter of the 7th.inst. & tape which arrived this AM. I am very happy to have the tape - indeed a pleasant surprise, especially the Charlie Ruggles broadcast, I did'nt know about that one. Appreciate very much your kind thought & the trouble involved in copying & shipping to me.
    Re Dick Van Dyke's visit with me - there was no discussion whatsoever as to my preference for him to portray me in the L&H Story which David Susskind intends to produce, the casting will be the producers choice, not mine - Dick is a very clever comic, very talented, he does resemble me facially but thats about all, firstly, he is much taller & his mannerisms are entirely his own style. I enjoyed very much meeting him, a very interesting chap - I understand he bought a home out here & intends to settle here permanently.
    I'll try & make you a tape copy (audio) of "this is Your Life", will have to get someone to do it for me am not able to thread up the film in the projector on account of my left arm (affected by the stroke) also have no connection to the loud speaker from the tape recorder. It may take some time.! I have plenty of spare tape so do'nt bother about that.
    All for now Dick. Wish you & yours a very Merry Yuletide, lots of health & happiness in '62.
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL AND DICK VAN DYKE - 1961
Stan and Dick Van Dyke
Gene Lester Adds

Dick and Stan were doing things that were hilarious. Dick would get up and do some funny schtick as if he were playing a Laurel character, scratching his head and making the distinct Stan Laurel faces. Stan would say, “No, you do it like this,” and he would take Dick’s face and he’d start molding it, and I kept on snapping pictures.



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

Marlowe corresponded with me a year or so ago. He has visited me a couple of times. I considered him an acquaintance more than a friend.

Stan Laurel

                DEC.11th.'61.
Dear Steve [Anderson]:
    I was indeed surprised to note that Don Marlowe had broadcast a recorded telephone conversation between he & I - He did call me once when he first started on the program & asked me if I would agree to talking on the phone with him during one of his program appearances - I told him I was not in favor of this & declined his request. Sometime later he called me again under the pretense of just a social call, enquiring my health, etc., evidently he was tape recording this second conversation for the purpose of broadcasting without my knowledge - pretty sneaky.
    Actually, Marlowe corresponded with me a year or so ago & he has visited me a couple of times, I considered him an acquaintance more than a friend - he certainly took a lot of liberty recording this phone call.
Stan Laurel Signature

Note from the Editor

Don Marlowe, produced and sold a record of his secretly recorded telephone conversation with Stan after his death. He was also an “acquaintance” of other Hollywood legends including Bela Lugosi. Before that, Marlowe was a bit-player in Hollywood “B” pictures and appeared in a film titled Squad Car in 1961. He also wrote a book in 1969 titled, The Hollywood That Was about his “mis”-adventures in the film business.



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

                DEC.15th.'61.
Dear Steve [Anderson]:
    As I told you in my last, I was writing to Mr. Don Marlowe regarding that recorded telephone conversation with me which you told me was broadcast one Sunday afternoon. He called me by phone last night & flatly denied ever having done such a thing on his program at any time. I did'nt mention your name or address to him, as I do'nt want you to get involved. Would you be kind enough to give me the name of the Station that Marlowe's program is on & roughly the date of this broadcast - also would like to have the name of the columnist & paper who you mention had reviewed this particular show - for some reason I doubt Mr. Marlowe's denial.
Stan Laurel Signature

Postcard from Stan Laurel to Randy Johnson
POSTCARD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.16th.'61.
Thank you [Randy Johnson] for the kind remembrance - I wish you too a Merry Xmas, Good luck & happiness in the New Year.
                Sincerely:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                DEC.18th.'61.
My Dear Ben [Shipman]:
    Enclosed from our friend Mr Hanscome re the damage deposit on Franklin St. house.
    As I told you previously, there was no evidence of damage, so I guess we are obliged to refund the amount of $50.
    Hope you had a nice time in Washington. Will be talking with you soon, so bye for now.
    Thanks Ben.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Thank you [Louise Williams] for the lovely card - I too wish you & yours a very Merry Xmas, lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Thanks for the kind remembrance - I too wish you & yours a very Merry Yuletide, lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962.
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Thanks Johnny [Municino] & Mary for the nice card. We here too wish you a very Merry Yuletide, lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962. & that goes [for] young Albert too.!!
    God Bless you all.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Thanks Buck [Earl Manbeck] & Bonnie for your kind remembrance. Eda, too, joins in wishing you a very Merry Yuletide. Lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Many thanks [Billy Purcell] for the kind remembrance. Wish you too a very Merry Xmas, good health, success & happiness in 1962.
                Very Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.18th.'61.
Thanks for your kind remembrance. We here too wish you both a very Merry Xmas, lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962.
    Good luck - God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.19th.'61.
Thank you Gary [Arnold] for the nice letter, Card & photograph. Can't get over how much you've grown. Happy to know you are doing so well in your various studies & your CSF activities etc. congratulations. I too wish you & yours a very MERRY YULETIDE, lots of good health continued success & happiness in 1962.
    Very sincerely,
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Bob and Mariue Hatfield
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.20th.'61.
Many thanks Bob & Marie [Hatfield] for your kind remembrance Card & Gift (unopened) Eda joins in [wishing] you & Mother a very Merry Yuletide, health, happiness & a prosperous New year.
    Writing later.
                Inhaste:
Stan Signature

POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.21st.'61.
Thanks Herbert [Read] for your kind remembrance. Mrs L too joins in wishing you & yours a very Merry Xmas, good health, success & happiness in '62.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.22nd.'61.
Thanks Edmund [Tester]for tape & season's greetings. Mrs L too joins in wishing you & your family a very MERRY XMAS, lots of god health & a Happy Successful NEW YEAR.     God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                DEC.23rd.'61.
Dear Steve [Anderson]:
    Thanks for your interesting letter with enclosure of 'Minneapolis Star' TV review by Forrest Powers - I appreciate very much your giving me the information on the Don Marlowe Broadcast, it is certainly definitely proved that he lied to me about the whole thing. I have just written him again, requesting a copy of the recording he broadcast, if he does'nt send it, I should like very much to borrow your copy for a while to have a recording copied from yours, which of course I shall return to you. I may write to the station management as to whether he quit or was fired - I'll keep you posted on further developments. Stan Laurel Signature

WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM

DEC 24 PM 61 Profile

THOMAS SEFTON AND FAMILY
3910 HENRY ST SANDIEGO CALIF

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS, GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN 62 VERY SINCERELY

EDA AND STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.27th.'61.
Dear Ron Miller:
    Thanks your nice letter - I shall be pleased to have you visit me, if you will be kind enough to give me a call sometime after new Year, we can arrange a convenient date for some afternoon.
    Wish you a happy, healthy & prosperous 1962.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.28th.'61.
Thank you (Gerard Stigter) for your kind remembrance. I too wish you & yours a Very Happy New Year, lots of good health & a successful 1962.
    Good luck - God Bless you.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Frank Buxton
POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.28th.'61.
Thanks Frank [Buxton] for kind remembrance. We here wish you a very Happy New Year, good health & continued success in 1962.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.29th.'61.
Thank you [Ellen Stoneburner] for your kind remembrance.
    Wish you & yours a wonderful New Year, lots of good health, success & happiness in 1962.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                DEC.29th.'61.
Thanks [Jack Frost] for the kind remembrance.
    Wish you & yours a wonderful New Year, good health, success & happiness in '62.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Stan Watermark