Brushwood Gultch Gazette

March 1996
Volume 29, Number 2


Next Meeting
Randy Skretvedt Returns...
Last Meeting
Did You Know?

Film Program
Looking Back
Birthdays for March
1996 Calendars


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Next Meeting

We're marching along right into March, but make sure you stop at the 5th, because that's when the next Way Out West Tent meeting will take place. We'll meet, as always, at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue). The doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM. The ever popular Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks will be ready and, for those of you with a sweet tooth, candy will be on hand as well. Add the Marvelous Mayflower Bar and your meal will be complete. We also have a special guest joining us (more details about him as you read on). So, come on by the Mayflower Club on Tuesday evening, March 5, 1996.

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Randy Skretvedt Returns...

Back by popular demand, Randy Skretvedt is returning to the Way Out West Tent for our next meeting. Randy, as you know, is the author of Laurel and Hardy - The Magic Behind the Movies. He'll be taking us back to the days at the Hal Roach Studios, where the boys did their funniest work. We'll hear about and see slides of Stan, Ollie, the boss, and more. If you haven't been to one of Randy's lectures before, you are in for a real treat, and if you have seen him before, you already know how interesting and fun his talks are. Also, we'll have copies of his Laurel and Hardy book available for purchase. We're all looking forward to a very enjoyable evening with Randy.

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Last Meeting

The first Way Out West meeting for 1996 took place on Tuesday evening, January 16th. After the traditional singing of the Sons of the Desert song and the toasts to the boys and company, our film program began. First up was Charley Chase, starring in Fluttering Hearts, with a funny performance by Oliver Hardy as Big Bill. Next, we saw the boys' scenes from Hollywood Party, which featured the egg breaking sequence with Lupe Velez. The Laurel - Hardy Murder Case concluded our first half of the program. At the break, The Dancing Masters / The Bullfighters Fox costumer, Jay Dare, made the ceremonial first cut on a beautiful birthday cake honoring the birthdays of Oliver Hardy and Hal Roach. The evening concluded with the screening of the boys' Fox feature, Jitterbugs.
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Did You Know?

He was born Harry August Jansen in Denmark, in 1883. His film credits include Racket Busters, Bunco Squad, and A Haunting We Will Go with Laurel and Hardy. When he was twenty-one, he was touring the United States with a magic act. As he perfected his craft, his act developed into a lavish show that he called "Sim - Sala - Bim." At the time of his death in 1955, he was known as one of the finest magicians of his era. L & H fans remember him as Dante the Magician.

Source for Did You Know?
Conjuring, by James Randi, Esq.
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Film Program for March 5, 1996

Hog Wild
Released May 31, 1930. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Fay Holderness, and Dorothy Granger.
Ollie has plans to meet least he did until Mrs. Hardy insisted that he install a radio antenna. When Stan shows up, his attempts to help Ollie result in several falls off the roof and a ride through downtown on top of a ladder.

Any Old Port
Released March 5, 1932. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Long, and Jacqueline Wells.
Mugsie Long is holding "his girl" against her will in his rundown hotel. Sailors Stan and Ollie check into the hotel to discover the girl's predicament. Thanks to the boys brawl with Mugsie, the girl escapes. Mugsie promises revenge. Later, Ollie gets Stan into a prize fight for $50. At fight time, the boys find out that Stan has to fight Mugsie Long! This short was released on Walter Long's birthday.

Their First Mistake
Released November 5, 1932. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Billy Gilbert, and George Marshall.
Stan suggests that Ollie adopt a baby to keep Mrs. Hardy busy, so that he and Ollie can still have their nights out together. Mrs. Hardy, fed up with Stan monopolizing her husband's time, files for divorce, leaving the boys to take care of the baby. Director George Marshall makes a cameo appearance in this short.

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Looking Back

80 years ago:
March 1916. While at Vim Comedies, Babe Hardy appears in The Serenade, Bungles' Elopement, Nerve and Gasoline, Bungles Lands a Job, and Their Vacation.

70 years ago:
March 27, 1926. On this Saturday, director Fred Guiol is shooting retakes on the short Her House Sheik. Upon its release, the title is changed to 45 Minutes from Hollywood. Although they have no scenes together, Stan and Ollie are appearing in the same Hal Roach film for the first time.

65 years ago:
March 1931. Filming of the boys' two reeler, Our Wife, is underway at the "Lot of Fun."

March 21, 1931. L & H supporting players Thelma Todd, Dorothy Granger, Kay Deslys, Charlie Hall, and Harry Bernard show up in Charley Chase's short The Pip from Pittsburgh.

60 years ago:
March 16, 1936. It's the first day of shooting for Stan and Ollie's The Money Box. At the film's competition, it was released as Our Relations.

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  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
  7  Babe & Lucille Hardy                  Wedding Anniversary (1940)
  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
 26  Jackie Condon                         Our Gang
 27  Philbrook Lyons                       Our Gang
 28  Dorothy "Echo" Deborba                Our Gang
 29  Robert "Wheezer" Hutchins             Our Gang
 31  Eddie Quillan                         Hollywood Party

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1996 Calendars

Keep track of 1996 with your own Laurel and Hardy calendar. There are four different poses of Stan and Babe and one of Charley Chase from Sons of the Desert. The cost is $1 each and they will be available at the January 16, 1996 meeting.

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Updated May 13, 1996

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