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

Yes, I saw the Academy Awards. I, too, thought the affair very dull—no glamour or excitement. Certainly not like the old days!

Stan Laurel

                MAY 3rd.'62.
Dear Edmund [Tester]:
                Thanks yours, recd. this AM.
Glad to hear from you again & to know alls well. I can fully understand your dislike to perform in a circus, with your type of act you need to be intimate, of course with your auto routine you need lots of space - Hardy & I experienced these big Barns & Auditoriums occasionally during our tours with sad results, we were lost in those big wastelands, we must have looked like a couple of midgets.!
    Re the old L&H films, I've no idea who's responsible for the editing of these on TV. it is'nt the Studio I know, whoever it is does'nt seem to care as long as they get the commercial time during the running.
    Yes I saw the Academy Awards - I too thought the affair very dull - no glamour or excitement - certainly not like the OLD DAYS.!
    Enclosed card was sent me from N.Y. thought you would like to have it, this is probably the channel you look at every day so no doubt you've seen these puppets in action. Chuck McCann seems to he very popular with his program.
    Have'nt been feeling too good, have had several spells of excessive weakness lately, Dr says it [is] fluctuation of the blood pressure - gave me some pills of course which seem to have helped me so far, these spells are a bit frightening, do'nt know whats happening, come over you without any warning. You get so weak you feel like a Fortnight.!!
    Bye Ed. bestest to you all.
    Take care - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                MAY 8th.'62.
Dear Jim Whiting:
    Many thanks for your very nice letter - appreciate very much your kind sentiments so graciously expressed - happy to know the old L&H films have afforded you so much pleasure thru' the years.
    Thanks for the enclosure of your drawings, the Nicholson AD strip especially applied to me, a funny gag.
    Do you happen to know Al Kilgore? He made the L&H caricatures for the McCabe book, he's a good friend of me.
    Again my thanks Jim.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                As ever sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MAY 8th.'62.

Thanks Bob & Marie [Hatfield], thanks for the Anniversary greetings - trust by now you have fully recovered [from] your Flu attack Marie. A good remedy for that, when you feel it coming on, carry around a Hot Baked potato in your pocket book, then if you sneeze, add two boiled spanish onions - this is an old Gypsy custom - Bob will probably laugh at this - pay no attention to him - remember he who laughs last is some kind of a NUT.!!.
    Kind thoughts from us both here to you all - sorry your Mother is still not well, hope nothing too serious.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                MAY 8th.'62.

Many thanks Jim & Irene [Heffernan] for the card - appreciate your kind remembrance. Am sure you had a wonderful time at the Seattle Fair, a sight to remember.
    Trust alls well & Happy.
    Love & best from us both here.
                sincerely as ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MAY 9th.'62.
My Dear Ben [Shipman]:
    Enclosed Fan Letter, referring to the L&H game, evidently called "Monkey Business".
    Thought you'd like to have this for reference.
    Thanks Ben.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                MAY 12th.'62.

Thanks Dean [Kaner] for your nice letter with enclosure of snapshots of the Madison, Capitol Bldg. & Bascom Hall, also the post card view of the Superior State College at which you are attending - all very interesting.
    Pleased to know alls well with you - wish you a very enjoyable vacation.
    Take care & God Bless you.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                May.14th.'62.

Thanks Roy your nice letter of April 25th. delay due to insufficient postage (the saucey little nippers) I too enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you - hope again on your next visit to the States. Pleased to know alls well and happy. Please convey our love and kind thoughts to Billy and Mary and Mr. Delfont and family, in which Mrs Laurel joins. Pleased to know the L&H festival so well received, goes to show you, if you do'nt save your money, you can't take it with you.!! Did the 'Zipper Cricketts' open yet?
    Again my thanks Roy.                 Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MAY 14th.1962
My Dear Donna Sefton:
    Thank you for your charming letter.
    Am indeed happy to know that my acquaintance with Tom [Sefton] has been instrumental in creating such a close & happy atmosphere at home for you & your Family - you know, it thrills me to hear that I've done something RIGHT for once.!!! (pardon my persiflage.)
    I deeply value your kind sentiments so graciously expressed, trust one of these days I shall have the pleasure of meeting you all personally.
    Again my sincere thanks.
    Mrs Laurel joins in kindest regards & every good wish.
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

I haven’t heard a thing from Oxford regarding the ‘Honorary Doctor of Letters’ business. Evidently ‘Chump at Oxford’ film is the reason!

Stan Laurel

                MAY 18th.'62.
Dear Dick Sloan:
    Thanks yours, I4th.inst. nice to hear from you again & to know alls well. Note that "Laughter, U.S.A." is to be aired again sometime this summer - re your thought of a film "Comic World of L&H" - trouble with this idea, L&H have already had too much exposure thru' the years, about 12 years on TV. & the clips in "The Golden Age of Comedy" "When Comedy was King" etc. plus the Theatres & home movies - Harold Lloyd has'nt been seen in around thirty odd years, so he is practically a new comer to this generation.
    Thanks for publicity card - Chuck [McCann] sent a few of them recently - very attractive.
    No, I have'nt heard a thing from Oxford re the 'Honorary Doctor of Letters' business evidently "Chump at Oxford" film is the reason.!
    Not much else to tell you Dick, so au revoir.
    Mrs L. joins in kindest & best.
                In haste.
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                May.19th.'62.
My Dear Johnny [Municino]:
                Thanks yours,18th.inst.
Note Carmela heard about your trouble & being in hospital, if she calls me, I'll tell her not to worry about it, you're only in there to have your Hiatus checked, there's a lot of this going around lately, this condition is caused through doing the "TWIST" & you become allergic to 'PEPPERMINT' - you have to be put on a special diet of 'Lifesavers' & 'Wrigley's Gum' as an antidote.!
    Glad to note the food is good plus the medical care - MOVE OVER.!!!
    Have you seen the new Comic Jackie Mason? was on the Paar & Sullivan show several times several times - a very funny guy - he has a record out now (LP.) a 'VERVE' recording, funniest I've heard in a long time - if you have a tape recorder, or could borrow one, I'll send you a Tape copy - let me know Johnny.
    Did you hear the story about the owner of a saloon, a popular Bar always big business, only had one bartender beside himself, this guy walked out on him. The Boss called to Employment agent to send over a new guy right away - the Agent said he only had one, but could'nt recommend him - had sticky fingers when making change at the 'TILL' - was a booze-hound, every time he served a drink, he helped himself to one & to top it off was a FAIRY.! The boss said send him over, I need someone right away, you can replace him tomorrow. The guy arrived, the boss took him in the office, said sit down - Now listen, you're only here for tonight - if I catch you fingering that till, I'll take a hammer & smash every finger on your hands - UNDERSTAND? the guy nodded yes. The boss continued & if I see you drinking my liquor during working hours, I'll take the bottle & bust it over your head!! GET ME? The guy again nodded yes.
    BOSS: NOW KISS ME & GO TO WORK.!!!
    Bye Johnny. Love & kind thoughts, to Mary, Self & Albert, from us both here.
    Hurry & get well.
                As ever:
Stan Signature
P.S. Our Bestest to Chuck [McCann] if he visits you - if he does'nt - TO HELL WITH HIM.!!!! & THAT GOES FOR HIS PUPPETS TOO.!!.

Note from the Editor

Chuck McCann, along with John McCabe, Orson Bean, Al Kilgore and John Municino, founded the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society aptly named the Sons of the Desert. Chuck hosted a local New York City television show in the late ’50s and early ’60s where he showed Laurel and Hardy two-reelers. Chuck’s show included hand puppets. He also did an excellent impersonation of Oliver Hardy.



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