Brushwood Gulch Gazette

September-October 1999

Volume 32, Number 5

NOTE: This is an old issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette, which has been archived for reference purposes. Although some links have been updated, the text of this archived newsletter remains unchanged. Please keep in mind that these articles have NOT been updated to reflect changes that may have occurred since they were originally printed. Return to the index of archived issues.


Annual Banquet: Final Notice!
Directions to the Culver Hotel
Last Meeting
International Convention: Sea-Tac 2000

Did You Know
Film Program for October 16, 1999
Looking Back

Annual Banquet: Final Notice!

There is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Way Out West Tent banquet will take place on October 16, 1999. The bad news is that we only have a few seats left. This will be the last notice for this year's big event so if you want to be one of those lucky people, get your reservations in NOW. The first ones to return their reservation forms will be accepted, based on the postmarked date. If you don't sign up in time, we'll let you know that you're on our waiting list. So don't delay!

This year's banquet will take place at the Culver Hotel, which has been featured on our tent's Los Angeles area location tours for years. Finally, we get the chance to go inside and see this newly restored landmark up close. Because of the overwhelming demand for this year's banquet, the hotel will close off its entire lobby and restaurant areas to provide us with the necessary space for our private event. Afterwards, with some simple rearranging, we will set up theater style seating so that everyone has a good seat for the program.

The cocktail hour will begin at 6:00PM, giving you a chance to mingle, have a drink, and check out the hotel site. Dinner will officially begin at 7:00PM, although those arriving early will be given a head start so as to prevent major congestion at the buffet line. The hotel will keep the buffet amply supplied throughout this time, but please arrive no later than 7:00PM so that you have adequate time to eat before the program begins. The buffet menu will consist of chicken picatta, roast beef with mushroom sauce, pan fried white fish, pasta primavera, garden and Caesar salads, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, corn on the cob, coffee or tea, and assorted cakes.

After dinner, the evening's program will feature celebrity introductions, awards, a raffle, and a few very special surprises that you're just going to have to wait to see! Because the evening's program is very full, we may not have time to screen all of the films listed below; they'll be shown at a future meeting, if necessary.

This will surely be a memorable night, in the very hotel that appeared in so many Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and other Hal Roach comedies. So if you haven't made your reservations yet, don't wait. There are only a few seats left!

The Culver Hotel is located at 9400 Culver Boulevard, in Culver City. Click here to for directions, or call the Culver Hotel at (310) 838-7963.

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Directions to the Culver Hotel

From the 405 South:

From the 405 North:

From the 10 East:

From the 10 West:

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Last Meeting

The meeting of June 1, 1999 began with Bob Duncan introducing our first film of the evening, Charley Chase's Bad Boy. Vice-Sheik, Jimmy Wiley then led the Way Out West Tent chorus in the Sons of the Desert song followed by the toasts to the boys and the Hal Roach supporting players. Bob Duncan was back to introduce the next film and also bring us up to date on the trivia contest that was taking place throughout the evening. Members and guests were given questionnaires as they arrived and were asked to fill them out and turn them in. People were allowed to mingle and share their answers with each other. During the course of the evening, clues were dropped during the toasts and film introductions. By the end of the evening, Melanie Thompson was the only entry with all of the right answers. As her prize, she was awarded a copy of Scott MacGillivray's book, Laurel and Hardy - From The Forties Forward. Earlier, our film program continued with Stan and Ollie starring in County Hospital and The Fixer Uppers. At the break, we celebrated the 109th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth with two birthday cakes. The evening concluded with Stan and Ollie and Alf and Bert mixing things up in the feature, Our Relations.

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New Laurel & Hardy DVD

"The Lost Films of L&H, Volume 3" is now available on DVD. The disc contains Laurel and Hardy in Liberty, We Faw Down, The Lucky Dog, and Love 'Em and Weep, as well as the Oliver Hardy solo film Along Came Auntie and the Charley Chase film Bromo and Juliet.

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12th International Convention: Sea-Tac 2000

The 12th International Convention will be held July 20 - 23, 2000 in Tacoma, Washington. You can get an official registration form and other information by visiting the "Sea-Tac 2000" web site at

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Did You Know?

He was born on March 17, 1905 in Westfield, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Buffalo, he entered the theater in 1924 in Buffalo, New York. He played juvenile leads in such original New York productions as Backslapper, Still Waters, and House Party. He also played stock in Syracuse; Denver; Brooklyn; Patterson, New Jersey; and Freeport, Long Island. He stood 5'11" and weighed 150 pounds with dark brown hair and eyes. His film credits include Min and Bill with Wallace Beery and Marie Dressler, The Little Giant with Edward G. Robinson, and Cimarron with Irene Dunne and Richard Dix. His final film was Gunman of Abilene playing the role of Bill Harper in 1950. He died on November 18, 1982 at the age of 77 in Westlake, California. Laurel and Hardy fans remember him best as Eddie in Pack Up Your Troubles...Donald Dillaway.

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Film Program for October 16, 1999

Films to be show at the annual banquet, if time permits.

Putting Pants on Philip

Released December 3, 1927. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Coburn, Harvey Clark, and Sam Lufkin. Philip (Stan) arrives in America and meets his Uncle Piedmont Mumblethunder (Ollie). Among other things, "Uncle" is quite embarrassed by Philip's kilts and tries to get him fitted in a pair of pants. In addition to resisting the attempt to be fitted in a pair of pants, Philip spends his time chasing after women. Many shots of the Culver Hotel can been seen in this short.

Leave 'Em Laughing

Released January 28, 1928. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Edgar Kennedy. The boys go to the dentist to get rid of Stan's toothache. They wind up with an overdose of laughing gas. They leave the dentist and try to drive away only to cause a huge traffic jam and irritate the policeman on duty. The boys are seen starting their car in front of the Culver Hotel.

Limousine Love

Released April 14, 1928. Starring Charley Chase, Edgar Kennedy, Edna Marion, and Viola Richard. Charley winds up with a naked woman in the back seat of his car on his wedding day. He tries to get rid of the girl with the help of the men in his wedding party and the unsuspecting husband of the naked woman. The Culver Hotel can be seen as Charley drives around the building several times.

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Looking Back

90 Years Ago

85 Years Ago

80 Years Ago

75 Years Ago

70 Years Ago

65 Years Ago

60 Years Ago

55 Years Ago


Sources for Looking Back:
Laurel or Hardy - The Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver "Babe" Hardy, by Rob Stone
Laurel and Hardy - The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
Laurel & Hardy&emdash;From the Forties Forward, by Scott MacGillivray
Laurel & Hardy - The British Tours, by A.J. Marriot

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   2    Chuck McCann                S.O.D. Co-founder
   3    Alan Ladd                   Great Guns
   4    Pete Smith                  Tree in a Test Tube
   4    Mantan Moreland             A Haunting We Will Go
   8    Darwood "Waldo" Kaye        Our Gang
  12    Billy Gilbert               The Music Box, Block-Heads
  12    Dickie Moore                Our Gang
  15    Jackie Cooper               Our Gang
  16    Tommy "Butch" Bond          Our Gang
  17    Ben Turpin                  Our Wife, Saps at Sea
  18    Robert Blake                The Big Noise
  20    Billy Bletcher              Babes in Toyland
  20    Blanche Payson              Helpmates
  26    Antonio Moreno              The Bohemian Girl
  28    Kay Deslys                  Perfect Day
   1    Charley Rogers              A Chump at Oxford
   2    Lois Roberts                Mrs. Thomas Benton Roberts
   2    George "Spanky" McFarland   Our Gang
   2    LeRoy Shield                L&H music composer
   3    Leo McCarey                 L&H director
   3    Charles Middleton           Pack Up Your Troubles
   4    Scotty Beckett              Our Gang
   4    Buster Keaton               The Stolen Jools
   9    Frank Austin                Laurel-Hardy Murder Case
   9    Jim MacGeorge               Stan Laurel Impressionist
  10    Arthur Housman              Scram, Our Relations
  11    Mickey Daniels              Our Gang
  11    Frank Brownlee              Midnight Patrol
  17    Art Lloyd                   L&H cameraman
  19    Daphne Pollard              Our Relations, Thicker Than Water
  20    Charley Chase               Sons of the Desert, On the Wrong Trek
  23    Jimmy Aubrey                That's My Wife
  25    Gordon "Porky" Lee          Our Gang
  28    Otto Fries                  Leave 'Em Laughing, Pardon Us

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Updated September 25, 1999

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