Brushwood Gulch Gazette

July-August 2003

Volume 36, Number 4

NOTE: This is an old issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette, which has been archived for reference purposes.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.


New Documentary at Next Meeting
New L&H DVDs
Convention Updates

June Meeting Notes
In Other News...

Classic Films and a New Documentary at August Meeting

Tired of staying at home watching summer reruns on television? Then don't miss the next Way Out West Tent meeting on August 5th, featuring some great films, rare clips, and a documentary never before seen in this country. It will take place at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m.

Our special presentation will be a brand new documentary, produced as part of a series of BBC documentaries on classic film personalities. Our own Grand Sheik, Bob Satterfield, is featured in the program, which documents the lives of Laurel and Hardy and includes some rare footage, including a brief television appearance that was not previously known to exist. We guarantee our members have never seen it before, and may not have another chance to see it again.

Also on the film program will be Towed in a Hole (1932), featuring Stan and Ollie as fresh fish salesmen who decide to fix up an old fishing boat, so they can go into business for themselves. Then the Boys will slip away from the wives for some laughs at a nightclub in the always popular Blotto (1930). As an added bonus, we will show several scenes that were cut from the final print of Blotto. We will also present an encore screening of the Music Box Stairs documentary (2002), which was produced especially for last year's banquet. If you didn't attend that banquet, then you've never seen this short documentary either.

We'll have the air conditioning cranked up, the Fabulous Fisher Franks cooking in the kitchen, and the drinks on ice at the Mayflower Bar. It's an evening of summer fun, complete with no commercial interruptions. We guarantee you won't find that at home on T.V. See you at the Mayflower Club on August 5th!

Click here for a map to the Mayflower Club...

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Sons of the Desert & The Music Box on DVD!

A new, 2 disc set of Laurel and Hardy DVDs will be released on August 19th, featuring restored versions of Sons of the Desert, The Music Box, Another Fine Mess, Busy Bodies, and County Hospital. These promise to be first-rate quality, as they come from the same prints released on DVDs in Europe to rave reviews. If you own a DVD player, we urge you to buy this new set of discs. If this first volume does not sell well then future volumes are highly unlikely.


Also of interest is a new 5 disc set of DVDs released on July 22nd. The collection features Utopia, Flying Deuces, The Lucky Dog, Be Big, March of the Wooden Soldiers (originally released as Babes in Toyland), the This is Your Life television program, and a special entitled Laurel & Hardy at the Movies.

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Upcoming Laurel & Hardy Conventions

The next International Sons of the Desert Convention is less than a year away, so now is the time to start thinking about attending. It will take place in Columbus, Ohio, July 15-18, 2004. The Perfect Day Tent in Columbus will be the host.

Scheduled activities include tours of three old time movie palaces (including a screening of Sons of the Desert at one of them), a trip to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the traditional pee-wee contest (on the Ohio State Capitol's lawn), two evening banquets, film room, sales room, trivia contest, parade, and questions & autographs with invited celebrity guests.

Plus, there will be four pre-convention trips scheduled with trips to the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame & Football Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum in Dayton, Paramount's King's Island amusement park near Cincinnati, and Cedar Point amusement park between Cincinnati and Toledo. Registration forms will be available soon. Click here to visit the convention website.

Also on the horizon is the 7th European Sons of the Desert Convention, which will take place September 2005, near Hamburg, Germany. It will be hosted by the County Hospital Tent of Itzehoe, Germany.

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June Meeting Notes

We celebrated the end of school and the beginning of summer at our meeting in June, which featured a Laurel and Hardy "final exam" trivia contest. The winners received diplomas and were honored on stage with a graduation ceremony. In the audience was a full house of Laurel and Hardy fans, who watched On the Wrong Trek, Them Thar Hills and A Chump at Oxford. To honor Stan Laurel's 113th birthday, a pair of cakes were served during the break. There was also a raffle.

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In Other News...

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Rychard Cramer

Scram, Saps at Sea


Sidney "Woim" Kibrick

Our Gang


Henry Armetta

Fra Diavolo


Billy "Froggy" Laughlin

Our Gang


Del Henderson

Wrong Again, Laurel-Hardy Murder Case


Eugene Pallette

Sugar Daddies, Stolen Jools


Alice Cooke

Bohemian Girl, Our Relations


Lupe Velez

Hollywood Party


Chill Wills

Way Out West


Bill Patterson

Founding Shiek of Way Out West Tent


Vera Ralston

The Fighting Kentuckian


Harvey Wasden

Roach Studios Crew Member


Muriel Evans

Pack Up Your Troubles


Theda Bara

45 Minutes from Hollywood


Orson Bean

Sons of the Desert founding member


Hank Worden

The Bullfighters


Thelma Todd

Another Fine Mess, On the Loose



Anita Page

Hollywood Revue of 1929


Ellinor Vanderveer

The Hoose-Gow


Robert Mitchum

The Dancing Masters


Sherwood "Spud" Bailey

Our Gang


Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer

Our Gang


Allen Clayton "Farina" Hoskins, Jr.

Our Gang


Jack Haley

Pick a Star


Jean Parker

Flying Deuces


Charles Gemora

The Chimp


Lucien Littlefield

Sons of the Desert, Dirty Work


Charlie Hall


Fred Kelsey

Laurel-Hardy Murder Case


Jean Darling

Our Gang


Richard Currier

Film Editor


Jimmy Finlayson


Thomas Benton Roberts

Roach Studios Prop Department


Julie Bishop (Jacqueline Wells)

Bohemian Girl


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Updated July 25, 2003

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