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

                MAR.4th.'63.
I met Maurice Chevalier a couple of times in Paris (1950) am only just an aquaintance , but do admire his great talent. Re the clothes on the L&H wax figures, I have'nt seen them, frankly I doubt if they are authentic.
Stan Laurel Signature

Letter from Stan Laurel to Bob and Marie Hatfield
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                MARCH.6th.'63.
Dear Bob & Marie [Hatfield]:
    Thanks yours of Octember the umpth - your letter was undated, so I decided to make one up.!
    That was a good idea to call the University to find help to fix the Garden - you're lucky they did'nt send over a couple of guys like L&H.! WE here too have been having lovely weather, but are starting to get wind & cold, so expect some rain before long.
    Note you brush with Gleem - have you ever tried 'GALLO' thats wonderful after meals, you do'nt care how many times you use it, some even between meals.! you do'nt brush just gargle.! you should try that Bob.!!.
    We shall look forward to seeing you again in June.
    Bestest from us both here to your Mother & Selves.                 As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN [EDITED]

                MARCH.8th.'63.
Dear Johnnie [Municino]:
    Thanks yours, 5th.inst. with enclosure of snapshot of 'Derbies & Ties' which you have titled "TRADE MARKS" - your description of the colors sounds very 'Daring' - I imagine you get a feeling of "Oh My Sinus".!! - I did'nt know you were a BRUSH merchant & sardine OIL man - are you really serious in this Art?
    Note Bert Wheeler's show has'nt opened on Broadway yet - sure wish him lots of good luck for a long run. I read re Dennis King being in the Peter Ustinov's 'Photo Finish' - whats the name of the horse Dennis is riding?
    I saw Marcel Marceau on the Borge show, he was in fine fettle that night, best performance I've seen of his - he's the GREATEST in my book (Pantomimist) & that goes for you too as a Painter, I consider you an Artiste, a Scholar & a GENTLEMAN.!!!! Now where were we - oh yes, did you see the Dick Van Dyke show? He did a L&H skit, I thought it best I've ever seen, the resemblance of the characters was excellent.
    Mrs L. joins in kind thoughts & every good wish to Mary & Self. God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

In the early ’60s, comedian Bert Wheeler (of the famed comedy team Wheeler & Woolsey) starred in a touring company production of Show Boat. Wheeler died in 1968, at the age of 79.

Victor Borge (1909-2000) was a pianist/comedian and host of The Victor Borge Show.



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

                MARCH.8th.'63.
Dear Tom [Sefton]:
    Thanks yours, 8th.inst with enclosure of news photo of Dick Van Dyke & Henry Calvin - Yes I saw the show, enjoyed it very much - the boys were very good minded but deserved better material - anyway it was adequate for the occasion (One appearance.)
    Sorry too Tom we were unable to get together, had it been in the afternoon we could have made it, the morning hours is difficult for us, Eda especially - doesn't get up till past 11AM - know you fully understand the situation - we shall look forward to seeing you again any afternoon you were in this area.
    Kindest & best to Donna Self & Family from us both here -
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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First time I’d seen Dick Van Dyke’s impersonation of me. Enjoyed it immensely.

Stan Laurel

                MARCH.8th.'63.
Thanks Dick [Sloan] yours,7th.inst. First time I'd seen Dick Van Dykes impersonation of me - enjoyed it immensely thought Henry Calvin was excellent too, they both did very well indeed with poor material, they are both very capable & worthy. anyway I fully enjoyed them.
    The Mona L. picture, just a couple of copies would be ample - congratulations on your ingenuity. No immediate hurry Richard, have no particular use for them. (just as a souvenir.) Tom Sullivan is'nt a professional photographer, he's a newspaper man for some N.Y. Paper.
    Glad too to hear the weather is warming up, its been a miserable winter for all "OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING.!!! Have you seen Chuck McCann lately? I have'nt heard from him for some time.
    Bye now - take care.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.11th.'63.
Dear Jean Mann:
    Thanks your interesting letter, 1st.inst.
    Pleased to know you recd. the Tape recording OK. Thanks for the snapshot of your cute & happy looking family, hope by now they have recovered from their colds, am sure they kept you busy in the medication dept. Please thank Judy for the cute letter, very sweet. I got a kick out of the snapshot of Howard Jr at the Drums - quite a talented family! I've never heard of Justin Williams, but his album sounds interesting, if you have a tape copy of this, I would enjoy hearing it, do'nt bother to make up a special tape, I can return the copy you have.
    Regarding the L&H comic books, games, toys, etc. these are in connection with an animated cartoon series to be produced by Larry Harmon with whom we are associated & have a percentage agreement - congratulations on your being a descendant of Robert the Bruce - its possible you have the right to use the Family 'COAT OF ARMS' Crest - I think these placques are available & can be purchased for a reasonable fee, if you should be interested, I think I can get the address of the place that distributes such placques.
    Re the title "Hi-Jinx" film - have no idea what this could be, unless I got some details on the story idea. However, I do'nt recall any such title, hence it not being listed in Mr McCabe's book.
    Must close now - thanks again for your nice letter.
    My regards & best wishes to your kind self & family,
                Sincerely always:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Justin Williams was a music arranger known mostly for his arrangements of Broadway and movie scores.

Robert I (1274–1329), popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329.



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

                MARCH.12th.'63
Thank you Tom [Sefton] for your kind remembrance - appreciated very much. Enjoyed meeting a friend of yours recently, Bill Quinn, had some cards from him en route to the Seattle Fair.
    Not much new to tell you Tom.
    Mrs L. joins in kindest & best to your kind self, Mrs. S. & Family.
    Kind thoughts.
                As ever:
Stan Signature

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

                MARCH 16th.'63.
Dear Steve Ward:
    Thanks yours,recd.this AM. - No I did'nt see "Jitterbugs" film - did'nt know it was being shown - doubt if I'd have looked anyway, do'nt care much for those 20th. Fox series. Did you see the Dick Van Dyke show last week? they did a L&H skit - very good - I enjoyed it, the resemblance was excellent.
    Note you joined the L&H Fan Club of N.Y. how did you get acquainted with this outfit - I know little about it - do you pay dues or fees to be a member? I do'nt see the purpose of belonging to a club located in another City, especially as far away as N.Y.
    Yes "Laughing Gravy" is the story of L&H sneaking a homeless dog into a rooming house.
    Nice to hear from you again, my bestest to yourself & family, trust alls well & Happy.
                As always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH 18th.'63.
My Dear Ben [Shipman]:
    Recd. the enclosed letter from a Fan friend in Boston - you will note the Dell Co. referred him to Walt Disney regarding the L&H Comic Books - I do'nt get this??!!
    Thought it would be of interest to you.
                Thanks Ben.
Stan Signature

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

                MARCH.18th.'63.
Dear Richard [Sloan]:
    Many thanks for copies of 'MONA LAUREL' - much appreciated -
    Enclosed a new autographed copy for you.
    Thanks again Dick -
                In haste:
Stan Signature

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

                MARCH 20th.'63.
Dear Steve Ward:
                Thanks yours, 18th.inst.
Thanks for information on the L&H Fan Club in N.Y. - sounds kind of screwy to me - it will be interesting to see one of these Club Papers - maybe it will be just one issue a year.!!
    Re "Berth Marks," it was the story of L&H traveling overnight on a train & sharing an upper berth, they spend the night trying to get their clothes off inside the berth, just as they get settled in bed they have arrived at their destination & have to get off the train in their underwear & the train continues on its journey.
    The "FIXER - UPPERS" L&H are door to door Xmas Card salesmen, they get involved with a woman who wants to make her husband jealous by pretending Hardy is her lover - the husband of course is infuriated & being a Frenchman challenges Hardy to a duel with pistols.
    The film you mention, STREET MUSICIANS in the snow is titled "Below Zero".
    Sorry you missed the Dick Van Dyke show - very good indeed.
    My regards & best to self & Dad.
                In haste,
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Richard McNeil
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 OCEAN AVE., SANTA MONICA, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                MARCH 21st.1963.
Dear Richard McNeil:
    Mr Ben Shipman, my attorney, was kind enough to send me a copy of your recent letter to him in which you requested I drop you a note - hence these few lines.
    I appreciate very much your kind sentiments so graciously expressed - frankly, am very touched - my sincere thanks Richard.
    Noted you would like to have a photograph, so with pleasure I am enclosing one - wish you lots of success & happiness.
                Very sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO ENCLOSURE- March 21, 1963
Autographed Stan Laurel Photo


Letter from Stan Laurel to Earl Manbeck
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                MARCH.22nd.'63.
My Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:
    Thanks yours,7th.inst. So nice to hear from you again & to know alls well.
    Note there is a sequence, excerpt from "Lucky Dog" in the new Youngson film ("30 Yrs of Fun") that was the first time I met Babe Hardy, never thought we'd become a team - Am sure you'll do a terrific business with "Mutiny" - I imagine it will have a long Run - hope sometime I shall have the opportunity to see it.
    Re: Mack Sennett - Mac died about three years ago at the Motion Picture Country House - had been ailing for some time. Yes he was with 20th. Century Fox a few years ago, it was one of those pension situations (Script reader) very seldom at the studio.
    Nothing sensational re the L&H book, its now been distributed in England & Australia. I never expected to make any great amount of revenue from it, so am not disappointed - the small percentage we do get is split three ways, Mrs Hardy, our attorney Ben Shipman & myself, the Author & Doubleday take the balance which does'nt amount to very much - I had hoped that Doubleday would have issued it in Paperback type at cheaper price, I think it would have done much better in the sales dept. it would have been in the reach of the L&H Fans - (The masses).
    Nothing exciting to tell you Buck so will hang up & look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to the Coast.
    Mrs L. joins in kind thoughts & every good wish to Bonnie & Self. God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.

Note from the Editor

Early in his film career, Stan Laurel made a series of comedies under the production supervision of G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson. The Lucky Dog, released in 1922, featured the first appearance of both Stan and Ollie together, although they were not working yet as a team.



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Sorry I haven’t any recent snapshots, but you can rest assured I have not changed a bit but HOW I HAVE ALTERED!

Stan Laurel

                MARCH.23th.'63.
Dear Lloyd Trewin:
                Thanks yours, 20th.inst.
Nice to hear from you again & to know alls well.
    Re. the L&H Fan club you mention, is this the one in New York, operated by a Robt. Bell? I do'nt know much about this outfit, just heard about it recently I understand the membership dues are 50¢ per year - am wondering what the 50¢ is for? sounds a bit screwy to me.!!
    Note you ordered some photos is this from this Club. If not, I'd appreciate you're giving me the address of the place as I get many requests from Fans where these 8x10 stills can be obtained, I do'nt know of any firm except Blackhawk Film Co in Davenport, Iowa.
    Sorry I have'nt any recent snapshots, but you can rest assured I have not changed a bit but HOW I HAVE ALTERED.!!
    Thanks again.
                Best as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.26th.'63.
Dear Joyce McLean:
    Thanks your nice note enclosed with Doug's letter. Note you recently celebrated a birthday - my belated 'Many Happy Returns'.
    Wish you all a very Happy trip am sure you will have a wonderful time.
    Shall look forward to your post cards en route.
    Take care - God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Glenn Laxton
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                MARCH.26th.'63.
Dear Glenn Laxton:
                Thanks yours, 21st.inst.
No, I was never a baseball Fan - this sport never appealed to me for some reason, so am not too familiar with the names of those associated with the game.
    I was surprised to know that you & a friends of yours were doing an impersonation of L&H - how long have you been doing this, you never mentioned it before?? if this is a commercial venture you will have to make arrangement re permission with Mr Larry Harmon, who has exclusive RIGHTS to anything concerning L&H, including the portrayal of Characters & name - I suggest you contact him before doing anything further with this project.
    Note Ronnie Klugman read my letter over your shoulder, you must have been walking in your sleep.! or were you doing the Laurel character at the time - your explanation is very typical.
    Not much else, so bye for now.
                All the best.
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


Letter from Stan Laurel to Bob and Marie Hatfield
OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

Yes, I saw the Dick Van Dyke show. Thought it was very good—an excellent resemblance. I enjoyed it.

Stan Laurel

                MARCH.26th.'63.
Dear Bob & Marie [Hatfield]:
                Thanks yours,20th.inst.
So sorry to hear about you're having to have your lower tonsils cut out Bob, I experienced that once some years ago, so know how painful & miserable it can be - I guess by now you are back home again & coughing much better - kidding aside, you did the sensible thing to have & nobody else wants them.!!
    Yes I saw the Dick Van Dyke show - thought it was very good, an excellent resemblance - I enjoyed it. Dick visited me once when he first came out here to start this series, a very nice person - very talented.
    Regarding permission to impersonate L&H - if this was a continued appearance it would be necessary, but in this instance its OK (considered a small tribute.)
    Sorry you wo'nt be coming to L.A. as planned, we'll just have to wait till Bob gets a new Fanny.
    Kindest & bestest from us both here to Mother & selves - Happy Easter -!!
                As ever:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.28th.'63.
Thanks [Louis Sabini] your interesting letter - if Blackhawk Films do'nt have a print of "Fra Diavalo", ask them to send you their catalogue listing, & see what others you might like to have. "Atoll K" was made in 1950, but was'nt released till 1952. "A Haunting we will Go" was a story about a magician & some gangsters - it would take too long to explain the situations - you'll have to wait to see it.
    Thanks for the cute cartoon - very good.
    Bye now.
    Take care - good luck.
                Sincerely:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.28th.'63.
Dear Dean [Kaner]:
                Thanks your letter recd. this AM.
Yes I read the article by Mr George Grimm in the Mpls Sunday Tribune, it was sent me by a young chap in Minneapolis - it was indeed a surprise - I have had several letters in response - thank you for the kind expressions.
    Pleased to know your weather situation is improving, am sure it will be a great relief after that long severe winter season.
    I too enjoyed meeting your Grandparents, we [had] a very nice visit.
    Not much else Dean, so bye for now.
    Trust alls well & happy with you & yours.
    Take care - good luck.
                As always:
Stan Laurel Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.28th.'63.
Dear Edmund [Tester]:
    Many thanks for the very interesting Illustrated book of England - I know I shall get a lot of pleasure out of it, its a great collection of authentic pictures, brings back such vivid memories of my early days - thanks again Ed - much appreciated.
    Sorry to hear your Mother has been in Hospital again due to her diabetic situation, but its sensible to get proper attention & medical check-up once in a while when it gets out of control - people who are victims of diabetes are apt to get careless & indifferent which can be very dangerous - I include myself in the category too. Anyway hope your Mother is back in stride again - Yes I heard that the late Mussolini was quite a Fan of L&H, President Tito is too I understand - really strange -
    Thanks again Edmund -
    My bestest to your kind self & Family.
    Trust alls well.
                As always:
Stan Signature                 STAN LAUREL.


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

                MARCH.30th.1963.
Dear Warren:
                Thanks yours,25th.inst. Nice to hear from you - appreciate very much your kind sentiments so warmly expressed - again thanks for your kind thought & good wishes. My kindest & bestest to you & yours,
                Sincerely always -
Stan Laurel Signature

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