Volume 28, Number 2
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The Ides of March are fast approaching and two days after that you can take a leprechaun to lunch, but before any of this happens, stop by the Mayflower Club on March 7, 1995 (new date) for the Way Out West Tent's next meeting. The Mayflower Club, as always, is located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue), in North Hollywood. The ever popular favorites, Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks will be stewing in the kitchen and liquid likeables will be brewing at the Marvelous Mayflower Bar. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Hope to see you on Tuesday evening, March 7, 1995.
The Way Out West Tent began the year of 1995 with the traditional singing of the "Sons of the Desert" song and the toasts to the boys and the supporting cast. A toast was also offered to the late Dorothy Granger Hilder (Tillie of Hog Wild). Celebrity guests joining us for the evening were Jay Dare, 20th Century Fox Costumer for the boys in The Dancing Masters and The Bullfighters, and Our Gang's Dorothy "Echo" Deborba. Jay Dare brought along some photo displays from his days at the studios featuring Laurel and Hardy and many other celebrities from that era.
The film program began with a tribute to Hal Roach. First off was The Knockout from the all animal cast of the "Dippy Doo-Dads" series. Next was Our Gang's The Kid from Borneo with Dorothy Deborba and then Charley Chase's Crazy Like a Fox, with a cameo appearance by Oliver Hardy. The boys took center stage next with Helpmates and The Fixer Uppers. The feature for the evening was Bonnie Scotland. Then it was time to be "Going Bye-Bye" until the next meeting.
Please make note on your calendar for these W.O.W. meeting changes. In addition to the new date of March 7, 1995, the April meeting will take place on April 18, 1995. These changes are also notated at the end of this newsletter on the W.O.W. meeting list for this year.
Don't forget to keep your 1995 dues current. It's never too late! The prices are $28 for a single yearly membership, $44 per couple, and $48 for a family with all members living at the same address. The door charge for a single meeting is $7.50.
Always remember, the Fez Patrol is constantly watching. Fezless heads will be nabbed 25 cents. Fezzes will be on sale at all meetings for $6.00.
The passenger list is growing for the 1996 Convention-Cruise. Leaving from Miami, Florida, this four day cruise will travel to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. All of the usual convention activities will be taking place plus the excitement of the cruise itself will make this convention a memorable one. The registration deadline has been extended to March 1, 1995. More information will be available at the next W.O.W. meeting.
June 21, 1995, Wednesday evening, will be a very special night for Laurel and Hardy fans. The Los Angeles Conservancy will be presenting their annual "Last Remaining Seats" program. June 21st will be dedicated to the boys. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway (between 5th and 6th Street) in downtown Los Angeles. The theatre is one of the older movie palaces that seats about 2000 people. It is quite beautiful. The feature for the evening will be Sons of the Desert.. Some of the pre-movie activities will be a re-creation of the "Honolulu Baby" dance number from the Sons of the Desert and a parade imitating the style of the film as well. We would love to have as many Way Out West Tent and any other "Sons" members and guests be a part of this special event by marching in the parade before the show begins. The parade will only be about one and a half blocks. Plus, if you march in the parade, you will be guaranteed FREE admission to the film program afterwards. The parade will begin around 5:00 PM. All marchers should wear a derby or fez. If any of you have a sash and/or parasol from previous conventions, bring them along as well. Parking arrangements are being worked out at this time.
As of this writing, Jonathan Winters is being asked to host the event with a special appearance by Dick Van Dyke. Also vintage cars from the era will be on hand driving some notable people. There are more plans still in the works, but now is the time to mark this date on your calendar. The cost for the evening is only $15, but remember, if you march in the parade, your admission is FREE! The sign up sheet will be waiting for you at the next W.O.W. meeting. Don't miss out on this big evening.
For those of you who ordered the CD, "The Dance of the Cuckoos," we now have them. Please pick them up at the next meeting.
Released April 14, 1928. Starring Charley Chase, Viola Richand and Edgar Kennedy. Charley is on his way to his wedding when his car runs out of gas. While he goes walking to a gas station, a young girl who was recently soaked, undresses and uses Charley's empty car as a hiding place, until her clothes dry. Charley returns with the needed gasoline and drives off not knowing of the naked beauty in his back seat. Charley picks up a hitchhiker and then he realizes what his back seat surprise is. Charley's dilemma gets crazier by the time he arrives at his wedding destination. The Harry Culver Hotel that is seen in Putting Pants on Philip, can also be seen in this short.
Released February 23, 1929. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Del Henderson. The boys find out that "Blue Boy" is missing and the millionaire owner wants it back. The stable workers, Laurel and Hardy, think that "Blue Boy" the horse (not the famous painting) is the millionaires prized possession. When they deliver their "Blue Boy" to the mansion, hilarity takes over. This short was produced under the working title, Just the Reverse.
Released March 22, 1930. Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Stan and Ollie are home for the evening taking care of their sons who are identical to their fathers. The children are definitely chips off the old block. They have just as much trouble upstairs as their dads are having downstairs. The film comes to a splashing conclusion when the little boys ask for a drink of water. The wonderful work of Thomas Benton Roberts' oversized furniture and Roy Seawright's special effects are very prominent in this short.
Released February 25, 1933. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and the voices of May Wallace (Mrs. Laurel) and Carol Tevis (Mrs. Hardy). The boys are celebrating their wedding anniversary of marrying each others sister. Mrs. Laurel and Mrs. Hardy don't seem to be able to function any better together than their husbands. By the end of the evening, everyone is miserable and Mrs. Laurel has her cake and wears it too!
Released October 10, 1941. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sheila Ryan, Dick Nelson and Edmund MacDonald. Stan and Ollie enlist in the army to protect their sickly, recently drafted friend, Dan Forrester, who is not so sick after all. During war game drills, the boys are taken as prisoners by the enemy camp. Thanks to Dan and Stan's pet crow, Penelope, the enemy's secrets are discovered and the war is won by the Laurel and Hardy camp. This was the boys first film for 20th Century Fox. Way Out West Tent friend, Billy Benedict, makes a cameo appearance in this film.
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Sources for Looking Back are:
Laurel and Hardy-The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
The Laurel and Hardy Book, edited by Leonard Maltin.
The Charley Chase Filmography, by Joe Moore
March 2 Lona Andre Our Relations 3 Jean Harlow Double Whoopee 3 Charlotte Henry March of the Wooden Soldiers 5 Walter Long Pardon Us, Any Old Port 6 Lou Costello Battle of the Century 9 Peggy Ahern Our Gang 10 Baldwin Cooke Perfect Day 12 Bill "Buckwheat" Thomas Our Gang 15 Frank "Junior" Coghlan Our Gang 21 "Broncho" Billy Anderson Lucky Dog (Producer) 24 Venice (Mrs. Art) Lloyd 27 Philbrook Lyons Our Gang 28 Dorothy "Echo" Deborba Our Gang 29 Robert "Wheezer" Hutchins Our Gang 31 Eddie Quillan Hollywood Party