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                SEPT.1st.'62.
Dear Earl:
    Pleased to know you enjoyed a brief vacation at the Seaside with Mrs S. and Diana. Am wondering if that was Liege? I visited there once in 1912. Yes, it was sad about Marilyn Monroe. It's difficult to understand. She had everything to live for - money, fame, etc.
Stan Signature



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                SEPT.1st.'62.
Dear Dean Kaner:
                Thanks yours, (undated)
The enclosed snapshot is the only picture of myself alone I have - hope this will be adequate to add to your photo collection, it was taken sometime in '61.
    The "Laughter U.S.A." you mention was a re-run, so did'nt see it this time - I heard that the 1st time it was shown, L&H were much funnier.!!!.
    Nice to hear from you again Dean.
    Trust alls well & happy.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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The trick is to learn what NOT to do! That’s very important.

Stan Laurel

                SEPT.8th.'62.
Dear Arthur Pappidar:
                Thanks yours, 5th.inst.
Nice to hear from you - interesting to know you've just returned from a tour of Europe - sounds like you had a wonderful trip & met many personalities - Hardy & I made personal appearances in Denmark & Sweden in '47. We enjoyed meeting those wonderful people over there, they were indeed kindly, gracious & hospitable to us, our visit will always remain a very happy memory.
    Note you have decided to make a movie - wish you lots of good luck & success in your venture - no doubt you will make many errors & mistakes, but do'nt let this discourage you, this will be of great value & benefit to you in the future - the trick is to learn What NOT to do.!! thats very important.
    Not much advice I can give you frankly, thats something you'll have to figure out for yourself - its your 'Baby' & only you know what you visualize.
    I do suggest however, you shoot your script or story in continuity, right from the first scene to your finish, this will simplify the shooting for you & avoid confusion in the editing, every time you screen the positive print, assemble it right away - keep adding - do'nt let it go till you've completed shooting. Every time you assemble more film run all you have put together, & you will see how your picture is forming, it will guide you in many ways.
    This first one will he good experience for you so ┬Ćits more as an experiment - do'nt think you should spend more than One Million on it.!!! maybe you'd better go over to Sweden to shoot it at those prices you could make a whole series.!! but do'nt put Liz Taylor into the film.!
    Again my regards & best Arthur.
    As ever.
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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                SEPT.10th.'62.
Dear Oral [Cloakey]:
    Thanks yours, 4th.inst. with enclosure of 'Lil Abner' cartoon strips - looks like Al Capp has cast us as a couple of 'Commies'! wait till Mr K. hears of this.!!
    Nice to hear from you again Oral - you sound in good spirit. I read about that recent epidemic you had down there 'Sleeping sickness'. Hell, they've had that for years, its most prevalent among Theatre audiences.!!
    I can imagine your photographic display is quite an attraction - thats a good idea to start a guided tour "THE CLOAKEY GALLERIES".
    The last time I met Hoot Gibson was in 1930, he was on a honeymoon trip to Honolulu with Sally Eilers, I was on the same Ship, we became quite friendly, but never saw him since that voyage, he was a wild character in those days.!
    I have a slight recollection of Doug, I remember your visiting me during the time I was doing a Luther Burbank routine - crossing potatoes with mint also onion, my idea was to get the flavour into the potatoe - nothing materialized, but I had a lot of fun testing my patience.
    The vitamin B12.shots I'm taking seem to help a bit, but am still far from shape to enter the Olympics.
    KAm wondering if you happen to have a Tape recorder? I have a few English Comic records I'd like to make copies of & send you on tape, know you'd get a big kick out of them.
    All for now Lad. Eda joins in kind thoughts to Thelma & your kind self.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

Note from the Editor

Alfred Gerald Caplin (1909-1979), better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued writing and drawing until 1977.

“Mr. K” is a reference to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971).

Hoot Gibson (1892-1962) was an American rodeo champion and a pioneer cowboy film actor, director and producer. His third wife, Sally Eilers (1908-1978) was an American actress who made her film debut in 1927 in The Red Mill, directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.



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Yes, it was sad about Marilyn Monroe. It’s difficult to understand. She had everything to live for—money, fame, etc.

Stan Laurel

                SEPT.14th.'62.
Dear Mr [Gerard] Stigter:
    Thanks yours, 10th.inst. Nice to hear from you again - note you bought the L&H book in your local bookshop. Am sending your letter to Mr McCabe, am sure he will be very pleased to read your kind comments on his work.
    The name of the film you refer to (the Jig-saw puzzle) was titled "ME & MY PAL". The other two films you mention: (hiding the dog) was "LAUGHING GRAVY", the other, (Street musicians in the snow) was "BELOW ZERO". No we never made any special photograph for 'Van Houten chocolate', we knew nothing about this advertisement.
    Pleased to know you enjoyed a brief vacation at the Seaside with Mrs S & Diana - am wondering if that was Schveningen? I visited there once in 1912.
    Yes it was sad about Marilyn Monroe, its difficult to understand, she had everything to live for - money - fame, etc.
    Pardon my omitting your first name, I was unable to decipher your signature - fortunately you printed the address.
    Again my regards & best wishes,
    Kind thoughts to you all.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort in the Netherlands.

Actress Marilyn Monroe died from an overdose of barbiturates on August 5, 1962. She was 36 years old.



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                SEPT.17th.'62.

Pleased to know you're feeling better Jennie [Racey], those disturbances can be very distressing & can cause you to feel very depressed at times, especially under the unfortunate circumstances.
    Eda joins in love & bestest to you all. Stan Signature

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Whenever you visit Santa Monica, I shall of course enjoy the pleasure of meeting you personally.

Stan Laurel

                SEPT. 22nd.'62.
Dear Glenn [Laxton]:
                Thanks yours,20th.inst.
I just had a letter from Ron Klugman telling me he met you - re the snapshots you mention - I just happen to have one left that was taken sometime in '61, so please find it enclosed.
    Re Babe's & my first film as a team (official was in 1926 - we worked together in several Silents before that - our book "Mr Laurel & Mr Hardy" provides all definite information concerning this, also lists the titles & dates etc.
    We appeared on "This is your Life" program December 1st.1954. Have no idea where you could get a L&H ash tray - did'nt know there was such an article on the market. No we never made any film after "Utopia" (do you blame us??) I have no particular choice as to whom would be cast for the characters of L&H.
    Whenever you visit Santa Monica, I shall of course enjoy the pleasure of meeting you personally - note you have one more year to go at Emerson - wish you continued success.
    Please convey my regards & best to Ron Klugman.
    Cheerio!
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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                SEPT. 25th.'62.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
                Thanks yours, 20th.inst.
Nice to hear from you again & to know alls well. Glad the L&H Comic Book reached you OK. I assumed you were away on vacation being the reason I hadn't heard from you.
    Am sure you enjoyed the trip to the Islands - I visited Honolulu in 1930 had a marvelous time fishing, was out several times on a 'Sampan' - I too made two or three appearances at the military & Naval Bases - Pearl Harbor & wheeler Field, I think that was the name - Hardy wasn't with me, so I had requests to appear single - naturally I wasn't prepared, but everybody seemed satisfied just to see me, so all were happy - note too you went to Durango, I think you were there last year checking the mine dept.
    Please convey my regards to Nancy Starkey - I too enjoyed our little correspondence - shall look forward to seeing the pictures of your 'Museum' house, I think you showed me some snapshots of the bldg. before you started to remodel.
    Not much new to tell you Tom, everything with me as usual, except have been having some excessive weakness spells, at times I got so weak I felt like a fortnight.! anyway, am now taking Vitamin B12. shots which seem to help me a bit.
    I imagine you will miss Ben [Chadwell] quite a bit now that he's not around, he'll probably be stopping by the hotel one of these days to see Milton Weber, so hope to be seeing him too, Ben IS a very nice person.
    Bye Tom, Mrs L. joins in kindest regards to self & family.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Signature

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                SEPT. 27th.'62.
Dear Jenny & Jack [Racey]:
                Thanks yours, 21st.inst.
Pleased to note you're feeling better Jennie - hope you'll continue to take care of yourself.
    Congratulations on your new wardrobe - you don't sound too pleased with the Fit - didn't you try them on at the Store? maybe you could return them for a different size.
    Yes I saw the Jack Paar show last week - very interesting indeed to see the survivors, am wondering if they will be invited to visit the White House to meet President Kennedy, I imagine he would enjoy seeing them all again.
    I guess Dave & his wife Lillian will miss their Son when he leaves, but I think it will be a wonderful experience for him & put him in great shape Physically am sure he will never regret it.
    Note Goldie & Bill took a trip to New York - they'll probably see a few Broadway shows, maybe they'll cover the TV shows like "Tonight" etc. it would be nice to get on the "Price is Right" & win some fabulous prizes, who knows, they could drive back home in a Cadillac & a summer house in Florida & two full length mink coats.!!
    Wishful thinking but these things do happen.
    Eda joins in kind wishes to you both.
    Cheerio - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

On September 21, 1962, The Jack Paar Program featured the crew of PT-109, the Patrol Torpedo boat commanded by John F. Kennedy during World War II. Kennedy’s actions to save his crew after the PT boat was sunk made him a war hero.



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