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

                NOV.7th.'62.
Dear Richard [Sloan]:
    Many thanks for copy of Don Bevan's caricatures - appreciate very [much] your trouble - you are very good in the Tracing Dept. had it been finished in 'Oils' I would have sworn it was a genuine Rembrandt work of "CAIN & ABEL".!! Hope the election results proved satisfactory to you - Nixon just conceded to Gov. Brown here this AM - he again blamed the Press.!! his 'Prop' smile has disappeared completely, he was his 'Old Self' again.
    Not much else Dick, so adios mi amigo - bestest to you all.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Notes from the Editor

Cartoonist Don Bevan’s work once graced the walls of famed restaurant Sardi’s in New York City. His caricatures included Steve Allen, Dick Cavett and Dick Van Dyke.



STAN LAUREL POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

Don Marlowe finally admitted recording a telephone conversation and broadcasting it without my permission.

Stan Laurel

                NOV.9th.'62.
Dear Steve [Anderson]:
    Yes Don Marlowe finally admitted recording a telephone conversation & broadcasting it without my permission, but claimed the tape has been destroyed, so of course I never did hear what exactly what was said. He of course laid the blame on station officials, said they instructed him to make the recording figuring I would never know about it. Anyway, they fired him after they found out I had not been informed, no doubt they feared a law suit. I have'nt heard from Marlowe since so I let the matter drop.
Stan Laurel Signature


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

The dance routine in ‘Bonnie Scotland’ was partially ad libbed and developed on the set.

Stan Laurel

                NOV.9th.'62.
Dear Glenn Laxton:
                Thanks yours, 2nd.inst.
Note you met Mary Pickford, yes she was married to the late Doug Fairbanks Sr. Her first husband was one of the Moore Bros, (Tom, Owen & Matt) who were well known on the silent screen. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but greatly admired her thru' the years.
    The dance routine in "Bonnie Scotland" was partially ad libbed & developed on the set. Sorry I do'nt make personal recordings but have taped you a copy of the "Dance of the Cuckoos" theme music which I am enclosing, this was made in London, Eng. in l932. by the Columbia recording Co. orchestra, both our voices are contained at the start - hope this will he adequate.
    I changed my name to S.L. I preferred a shorter name, hence S.L. being legalized.
    All for now.
    Regards & best.
                In haste.
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

P.S. TAPE SPEED IS 3-3/4.


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

                NOV.10th.'62.
My Dear Irene [Heffernan]:
    We enjoyed so much seeing you again - only sorry Jim was'nt able to be with you - again thanks for your kind thoughts & gesture (gifts) - was very sweet of you.
    Enclosed some stamps I recd. since you were here, not too exciting, you probably have these already in your collection, thought I'd send them anyway, in case.
    Note you voted for Edmund Brown, I'm very happy for the final result - "DOWN WITH THE ARISTOCRATS - IT'S BLOOD WE WANT."!!!!
    Eda joins in love & kind thoughts to Jim & Self.
    Take care - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Notes from the Editor

Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown, Sr. (1905–1996) was the 32nd Governor of California, serving from 1959 to 1967.



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

                NOV 10th.'62
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
                "WELCOME HOME".!
Thanks yours, 7th.inst. Sorry to note the 'Home Theatre' article caused Donna some concern - I didn't intend to give you ideas, just thought it would be of normal interest - frankly, I feel anyone is very foolish to go to such expense for home entertainment, so unnecessary.
    Note your opinion of the "L&H Murder Case" film - my reason for not particularly liking it, is that it was one of the early 'SOUND' experiments & we were cautioned to walk & move quietly to avoid any distraction to the dialogue or sound effect - at this time the sound was made on disc records, not on film.
    Take care - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to George and Coy Roesler
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                NOV.12th.'62.
Dear George & Coy [Roesler]:
    Thanks your letters, 3rd.inst. with enclosure of name & address of David Walker the magician you mentioned in your previous letter - do'nt think I know this gentleman, but please convey my regards & best when you see him.
    Note you sent a print of ‘Haunting We Will Go’ to Mike Polacek — he has quite a large collection of L&H films — I never liked any of the 20th Century so called comedies — that was an unhappy experience for us. Incidently, Dante died several years ago, but I hear occasionally from his Wife, she lives in Northridge, Calif.
    Wish you all lots of happiness on the arrival of your first Grandchild, am sure you are anxiously looking forward to the happy event.
    Nothing new to tell you, so bye for now.
    My bestest to you all.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                NOV.13th.'62.

Thanks your card [Dean Kaner], 10th.inst. Shall be pleased to talk with you NOV.16th. but frankly I feel you are foolish to waste your money, thats a pretty expensive 'Hello - Good Bye'.!! anyway if you still insist, my number is EXbrook 3-5656.
    Cheerio!
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Dean B. Kaner Adds

I was insistent, and placed my call on the Friday preceding Thanksgiving. I was so nervous that i could hardly think straight. When Stan said “hello,” I recognized his voice instantly because of the distinct British accent. The conversation lasted five minutes, ten seconds. I timed it to the second. Our dialogue was mainly my repetitive remarks about being thrilled by the call. I kept repeating, “Gee, I can’t believe I'm talking to you.” He would reply, “Why waste your money like this?” Somehow I managed to ask some sensible questions. I ended our conversation by saying I would keep writing. He said, “Okay, lad, have a Happy Thanksgiving. Take care and God bless.”



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

                NOV.14th.'62.
Dear Frank [Buxton]:
                Thanks yours,9th.inst.
I caught your "Discovery" program yesterday (13th.) enjoyed seeing the old silent comics again & the kindly reference to L&H. Appreciated very much the 'Plug' for the book - a pleasant surprise, certainly very thoughtful of you.
    Everything here is as usual Frank, so nothing of interest to tell you.
    Kind thoughts to Elizabeth & self, 'HAPPY THANKSGIVING'!!
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature

Frank Buxton Adds

We did a program on silent comedians on Discovery and I got a chance to plug Jack McCabe’s book as well as acknowledge Stan personally.



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

                NOV.15th.'62
My Dear Ben [Shipman]:
                Just had a letter from a Fan in N.Y. he tells me more L&H toys are coming out - he mentions Dolls - Paints - colored pencils - crayonsetc.
    Thought you'd like to have this information for future reference.
    Bye Ben - Thanks.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

Yes, this Cuba situation is quite alarming.

Stan Laurel

                NOV.15th.'62.

Dear George Coleman:
    Thanks yours 10th.inst. nice to hear from you again. Congratulations on your succesful season with the 'Colts', especially the tie with 'The Lions', am sure all concerned are very happy.
    Regarding the use of the word 'Swell' so frequently in the L&H films - frankly, I had never paid much attention to it, I would'nt know if it was just a habit or a usage of the times - never occurred to me we had repeated so often - anyway with those two characters you could expect anything.!
    Yes this Cuba situation is quite alarming, but think the 'Plot' has been nipped in the Bud, otherwise we would have been in serious trouble.
    Again my kindest & best to you & yours,
    Happy Thanksgiving.
                As Ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day (October 14-28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba. It played out on television worldwide and was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.



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

                NOV.20th.'62.

Thanks Richard [Sloan] for picture of L&H game which I am returning herewith - looks [like] a very attractive piece of merchandise - this is the first one I've seen. Certainly hope they will do well on the market, at least sell a half a dozen of them.!!
    Thanks again Dick.!
    Bestest to you & all.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Irene Heffernan
STAN LAUREL POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                November 21st.'62.
Dear Irene [Heffernan]:
                Thanks yours 19th.inst.
Yes we here too watched the election on TV & very happy with the results - 'Sickie Dickie' was really sick next morning, his Orange County hope turned out to be a 'Lemon' for him.
    Enclosed a few more stamps - Eda joins in love & kind thoughts to Jim & self, wish you both a very happy Thanksgiving.
    God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican Congressman Richard M. Nixon received the nickname “Tricky Dicky” for his early reputation for deviousness. He narrowly lost the 1960 U.S. Presidential election to Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy, but was triumphant when he ran again in 1968 against Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey.



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

                NOV. 23rd.'62.
Dear Bob & Marie [Hatfield]:
    Thanks for the nice card - we here too hope you all enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving & a Merry FOURTH OF JULY.!! Enclosed magazine photo, just sent me from Canada - thought you'd like to have it Marie to add to your collection of 'International Idiots' (do'nt forget to put one of Bob's pictures in there too)!
    Weather here very Foggy - can't see your hand behind your back.! Bestest to Mother & Selves from us both here.
    Cheerio - God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Freddie Richards
STAN LAUREL POSTCARD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                NOV.23th.'62.
Dear Freddie Richards:
    Thanks yours, 17th.inst. Nice to hear from you again & to know alls well. I too can't understand the L&H Comic Book situation - certainly strange.
    The L&H Story was going to be produced by David Susskind quite some time ago with Jackie Gleason & Art Carney, but for some reason the idea was disbanded - have heard nothing further to date. Note you still intend to settle down in L.A. next year - you still have the rain check to visit me.
    I too hope you all enjoyed a very happy Thanksgiving.
    Again my regards & best.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                NOV. 23rd.'62.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
    Thanks yours 19th.inst. with enclosure of inspection slip for the L&H game. Yes, I knew about these games, they are being merchandised in connection with the L&H animated cartoon series deal we have with a Mr Larry Harmon the producer - I understand several of these games are on the market, but haven't seen any of them yet - haven't seen any of the cartoon series either, so don't know how good they are,?
    My belated "Many Happy Returns" to Hurley, also trust you all enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving.
    Kindest & best from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                NOV.26th.'62.
Dear Ron Maher:
    Thanks your letter with enclosure of snapshot of yourself.
    Note you've acquired several more segments of the L&H films - I assume you will splice them all together & run them on ONE reel, no doubt each segment is titled on each seperate piece of film to eliminate any confusion.
    Sorry I do'nt have any stills on "Way Out West", I suggest you drop a line to the Blackhawk Films,Main Street,Davenport,Iowa. I understand they have many stills on L&H series.
    I'll take this opportunity, to wish you & yours a very Merry Xmas, lots of good health, Happiness & Success in 1963.
    Good luck Ron.
                Sincerely always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                NOV.28th.'62.
Dear Richard [Sloan]:
                Thanks yours, 26th.inst.
No, I've never talked on the phone with Ronnie Klugman, but have heard him on tape a couple of times, he sounds a normal nice chap then suddenly lapses into that 'Horror' character mentality - I imagine he 'Hugs' the character too (a la that picture!!) Am enclosing you a tape of his latest idea for a record he sent me, I think its titled 'The Lumbago Limbo" or something - he requested my opinion - I of course am not familiar with this type of Opera - told him I was strictly a "Siatica Shuffle" man with a touch of 'Hi Nonny Nonny'.!
    No, have'nt heard the "First Family" record, would like very much to hear a tape copy if you have one (will return to save you the trouble re-recording.
    Your quote of the words of that great Cuban philosopher sounds Dirty to me, very rude & unbecoming. Am sure Chuck [McCann] would fully agree with me too.
    Bestest to you all.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                NOV. 28th.'62.
Dear Bob & Marie [Hatfield]:
    Thanks yours,25th.inst. with enclosure of clipping from Dr Herb Caen's column, San Francisco 'Daily Bugle' re my being present at the 'Purple Onion' recently. I just wrote Mr Caen & suggested he go home & tell his Mother I hate the sight of him.!! no doubt Mr Caen will announce that I was also dancing "The Lumbago Limbo" & "The Siatica Shuffle", he must have danced too & got dizzy.!! enclosed another clipping for your collection of International Idiots.
    Bye now - bestest to you all from us both here.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


NEWSPAPER CLIPPING ENCLOSURE - NOVEMBER 28, 1962
Newspaper Clipping Enclosure


Postcard from Stan Laurel to Jennie and Jack Racey
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                NOV.29th.'62.
Dear Jennie & Jack [Racey]:
                Thanks yours, 20th.inst.
Pleased you like the stationery - rest assured I wo'nt throw any of it in the waste basket - I have other better use for it.!! (the colors look pretty hanging on a string in a 'Two Holer'.!!
    Note you did'nt hear from Alan King - its very possible he has'nt recd. it yet. That must have been a pretty dull affair at the Baptist Church for you trying to get a 'bun' on with a cup of tea - next time have Lincoln figure out a formula to make 'Scotch' or 'Bourbon' tablets, you can say they are saccharin.!!
    Sorry Jack you have to go through that Cough routine every time you smoke - guess there's nothing can be done except stop smoking - do menthol cigarettes bother you? If not, put on a Penguin suit & smoke 'COOL'.!!
    I shall look forward to hearing from Frieda - hope she will have a chance to drop in & visit with us.
    Trust you had a happy Thanksgiving, we had a little celebration with Eda's Sister-in-law & her niece & little boy, they fixed a time - frankly am not too fond of Turkey, I prefer 'Ocean Pheasant' (a kipper with a feather in it.!).
    Bye now - take care of yourselves.
    Bestest from us both here,
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

A “Two-Holer” is an outhouse for, um, two.



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

                NOV.30th.'62.
Dear Oral [Cloakey]:
    Sorry delay in acknowledging receipt of your tape, enjoyed so much hearing your voice again, only sorry you had such a difficult time assembling with inadequate equipment - anyway it fully served its purpose - many thanks for your trouble.
    Not feeling too good, hence this brief note, will write you later - thanks to Thelma too for her kindly chat, shall look forward to seeing you both sometime.
    Love & kind thoughts -
                As ever:
Stan Signature
Sent you another tape - have fun.!


Stan Laurel, He’s A Realist

Credit Stan Laurel with being a realist. The comedian who rose to international fame with his rotund partner, Oliver Hardy, reviewed several of the new wave comedians and commented: “If Oliver and I were starting out in this racket today, we’d never make it.” So true. They wouldn’t even be able to imitate President and Mrs. Kennedy, which seems to be a prime requisite for funnymen these days.

—Dorothy Kilgallen
    November 21, 1962

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