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Nov 26th: LAUREL & HARDY NEWS UPDATE.
LAUREL AND HARDY BOOKS FOR SALE: If you have a friend or relative who loves Laurel & Hardy, the perfect gift would be a brand-new, first-edition, signed book about them. Or, if the book is for you, you can even get 2 of the titles for half-price (as long as you don’t mind some superficial marks on the cover). For further details go to: LAUREL AND HARDY BOOKS
AJ and myself have just submitted all of the WINTER ' Laurel & Hardy Magazine' to TT Litho, so the ball is rolling, we hope to get them all in the mail on December 18th, so you get it in time for Christmas.
We have had our last delivery of the 2016 'Laurel & Hardy Calendar' produced by 'CELEBRITY MERCHANDISE', it was a short limited run, so once these are gone THATS IT!
To order yours just GO HERE: 2016 CALENDAR
For CHRISTMAS CARDS, NEW POSTCARDS and MORE go to our: NEW SALES PAGE
At our recent October Convention, we introduced TWO new T Shirts, as these proved very popular indeed, I have added them to our web site. GO HERE: T SHIRT PAGE ONE
As we are drawing near to the FESTIVE PERIOD I have been updating our CATALOGUE and adding items. We have just got hold of the very last stocks of the 'LAUREL & HARDY - SOUND SHORTS' book. GO HERE: SOUND SHORTS
BY REQUEST, THE TWIN BOWLER HAT PIN BADGES ARE BACK: PIN BADGES
So, why not take a spin round the 'Laurel and Hardy Catalogue' today, as we have lots of items still on offer. Don't forget we have our FILM FUNSTER STORE where you can use the same cart as the L&H Catalogue and check out all your items together. We have the new HAL ROACH documentary in stock + more!!
There is also our FILM FUNSTERS eBay store, now this is full of items + ONE OFF ITEMS. The most popular items on that site are our 60's/70's RETRO NOSTALGIA fridge magnets, so do take a spin round.
Nov 7th: LAUREL & HARDY CONVENTION REPORT & PHOTOS.
The last week has flown by since our 'Laurel and Hardy Convention', we have now put up a web page with a report about the event and photos, so just GO HERE: CONVENTION REPORT WEB PAGE
OCT 10th: BATTLE OF THE CENTURY -SCREENING NOTES / CONVENTION.
To find out what was on the newly discovered REEL 2 of BATTLE OF THE CENURY go to this page to read Glenn Mitchells screening notes: BATTLE OF THE CENURY REVIEW
OCT 3rd: LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
The latest issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed to all subscribers worldwide today.
In it you will find the story of Stan Laurel meeting up with a music hall act he had worked with when touring with the Fred Karno Company; accompanied by some very rare photos of that reunion. We trace the provenance of Stan Laurel’s trilby from the day it was bought, through to a recent auction at which it went up for sale. Next we have a 2-page spread on Laurel and Hardy being mobbed when they visited Stan’s former town, North Shields. Our ‘Letters’ page reveals some interesting finds from some of our readers; and our main feature is a wonderful 4-page article on The Battle of the Century, in which Trevor Dorman fills us in, in fine detail, on the amazing recent find of reel 2 – illustrated with some fabulous film stills.
With our usual mix of News, Merchandise, Media and Software releases, and yet more rare photos added, we have yet again covered many aspects of the life and works of Laurel & Hardy in this high-gloss, professionally printed, colour A4 magazine.
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AUGUST 22nd: LAUREL & HARDY 2016 CALENDAR - NOW IN STOCK.
ULY 4th: LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
The summer issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed out today to all subscribers – worldwide..
In it you will find the story of how advertisers took Laurel and Hardy to the cleaners, along with rare photos of just that. We have a photo of Hal Roach shaking hands with Stan and Babe, even though he was miles away at the time, and then reveal McLaurel and McHardy’s rather excessive liking of Scotch whisky. Our main feature is on the L&H film The Bacon Grabbers, in which Trevor Dorman reveals what happened in pre-production and publicity, and what was deleted from the released version.
Add a reprint of a 1937 movie magazine article, plus our usual pic-and-mix of rare photos, and yet again you will find a bit of all aspects of the works of Laurel & Hardy in this high-gloss, professionally printed, colour A4 magazine.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN FOR OCT. 31st CONVENTION
I hope to meet some of you new members at our events next year, and of course see all our regular attendees as well. Many thanks too for your continued support for our magazine and sales. I am pleased to say that the HOTEL BOOKING CODE is in place to book your accommodation ( if you are staying) for our October 31st Convention. Ticket sales have started to come in, as several members have booked their tickets already. GO HERE: CONVENTION WEB PAGE
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MARCH 31st - MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
In it you will find the background information to a recently discovered photo of Laurel and Hardy on location at a Los Angeles airfield. Another find is of a rare painting of Laurel & Hardy, done at the time of one of their silent films, which was recently rescued from a dumpster. From “LAUREL & HARDY – The British Tours” comes a revised version of Stan Laurel meeting up with a North East comedian whom he had worked with some forty-five years earlier, and which contains some startling revelations.
We have an exposé of events during the making of Their First Mistake, wherein it is revealed that there were actually THREE mistakes; and then our main arty-cle (pun intended) covers the artwork by world-renowned illustrator Al Hirschfeld. Add a reprint from a 1935 movie magazine, plus our usual pic-and-mix of rare photos, and yet again you will find a bit of everything to cover all aspects of the works of Laurel & Hardy in the high gloss, professionally printed, colour A4 magazine”
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FLYING DEUCES BLU-RAY RELEASE
This classic comedy caper sees Laurel and Hardy doing what they do best... in this case, wreaking havoc in the French Foreign Legion! Released in 1939, co-scripted by silent-era star Harry Langdon and featuring a guest appearance from long-standing Laurel and Hardy nemesis Jimmy Finlayson, The Flying Deuces is among the eternally popular duo’s best-loved films.
Painstakingly restored in High Definition from elements sourced worldwide to give the best possible picture quality, The Flying Deuces is presented here in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio and has never looked better.
Whilst holidaying in Paris, Ollie is
heartbroken to learn that Georgette, the beautiful innkeeper's
daughter with whom he has fallen in love, is already married to
a handsome Foreign Legion officer. In an attempt to forget her,
he decides to join the Legion, persuading Stanley to join him.
The hapless pair are posted to Morocco, where an unfortunate
chain of events ends with them being charged with desertion and
sentenced to death by firing squad! -
FEBRUARY 7th - BEHIND THE SCENES OF SAPS AT SEA PAGE ADDED.
I have just added another BEHIND THE SCENES web page: SAPS AT SEA
PLEASE NOTE: As we have a later Convention this year, we will NOT be doing MEMORABILIA at the NEC BIRMINGHAM.
I have adjusted one of our sales pages to include the HAL ROACH DOCUMTENTARY DVD and NEW BOOKAZINE etc., to save you trying to find them all on the site.
GO HERE: NEW SALES ITEMS PAGE
JANUARY 1st - HAPPY NEW YEAR
GREETINGS, firstly may I wish you all a HAPPY FUN FILLED NEW YEAR . Many thanks for all your kind comments coming in about the recent issue of our printed 'Laurel & Hardy Magazine', also for the many subscription renewals as well.
Before I sign off, I must recommend AJ Marriott's new EUROPEAN TOURS book, I have got mine and its a good read , already I have found out things I did not know and have seen photos I have never seen before.!!
I do hope you support this book as AJ has really put a lot of time and effort into his research and was helped by many European 'Sons'.
LAUREL and HARDY - The European Tours is a companion to the much acclaimed "British Tours." It details not only the stage tours Laurel and Hardy played around Denmark, Sweden, France, and Belgium - from October 1947 to January 1948 - but the year the two Hollywood comedians spent in France, during the making of their 1950-51 film Atoll K. Included in this is a whistle-stop promotional visit to Italy, taking in San Remo, Genoa, Milan and Rome. In addition are details of two earlier visits to France - one by Laurel in 1927, and one by both comedians in 1932.
Along the way, readers will get to see the real human beings behind the screen characters of "Stan and Ollie" - how they coped with the crowds who mobbed them everywhere they went; how they dealt with numerous inane questions by journalist and radio presenters; the exhaustion of a life of travel and hotel stays; and how they both worked on through serious illness to complete their last-ever film.
LAUREL and HARDY - The European Tours takes us to many fascinating places we have never been to before, and readers will be captivated by the journey. From it all, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy emerge as warm and lovable (but vulnerable) men - and the reader will experience their every emotion throughout these previously undocumented tours.
Following on from the publication of 'LAUREL & HARDY - The British Tours' and 'LAUREL and HARDY - The US Tours' -- the 'Tours Trilogy' is now complete.
JUST CLICK ON THE COVER BELOW:
I have come up with an idea to help our overseas members who want to order more that one item, as it costs more to send light small items, why not batch several items together, then we can get the postal costs down and also offer you a cheaper surface rate as well. All you have to do is send me an email listing what items you require, I will then email you back a price followed by a PAYPAL INVOICE.
DECEMBER 18th - EURPOPEAN TOURS BOOK / MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY
The winter issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed today, to all subscribers – worldwide.
In it you will find out what the censor did not want you to see in DUCK SOUP; learn the story behind a fake photo; join Laurel and Hardy and their wives backstage at the Glasgow Empire; get a review of Jeffrey Holland’s one-man play; and discover who the man in the background is in a number of press shots from Stan and Babe’s 1932 British Tour. Our main feature contains posters, lobby cards, and press sheets from the 1941 film GREAT GUNS, complimented with several behind-the-scenes rare images. Add to this, details of the latest Laurel & Hardy books and DVD releases, plus more rare images, and you have a real stocking-filler of a magazine. Just perfect for some holiday reading.
I am pleased to say that I have just got a copy of AJ's new 'LAUREL & HARDY THE EUROPEAN TOURS' book, I am looking forward to having a good read over the festive period, as its packed full of information and rare photos. Go here to order: EUROPEAN TOURS
NOVEMBER 18th - NEW PIN BADGE / NEW SALES ITEMS
Our next batch of PIN BADGES have arrived ready to go out with recent renewals inside the CHRISTMAS magazine. As usual we have a few left over for those who like to collect the pins, or adorn their fezzes with them.
Just go here: PIN BADGES
NEW SALES ITEMS ADDED: We have added the NEW 'Laurel & Hardy Portfolio' BOOKAZINE, MAGNETS SET and actual film frames from their films inside a key fob on this web page: NEW SALES ITEMS
Next years 2015 Calendar has been proving very popular
with fans, the good news is that we have had another delivery so we have plenty
in stock. Like all projects, the calendar needs the support of fans for more
calendars to be produced after this one. They are IN STOCK NOW, so just go here
to buy yours: 2015 CALENDAR
Next years 2015 Calendar has been proving very popular with fans, the good news is that we have had another delivery so we have plenty in stock. Like all projects, the calendar needs the support of fans for more calendars to be produced after this one. They are IN STOCK NOW, so just go here to buy yours: 2015 CALENDAR
NEWS IN FROM ADREAS BAUM:
I just want to let you know that the Director´s Cut of our Hal Roach Documentary will be available probably round about the 10 of November 2014!
THE LOT OF FUN: WHERE THE MOVIES LEARNED TO LAUGH
- The international documentary about "Hollywood´s Fun Factory" -
It will be a DVD-Box with 2 (maybe 3) DVDs as a Collector´s Edition which will contain - besides 5 rare photographs as postcards - the Director´s Cut of the documentary in a length of round about 115 - 120 minutes (instead of the 90minutes TV-version) as well as really a lot of bonus material (probably 90 - 120 minutes) with - for example - unpublished private film footage of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, rare and/or never before published clips and movies produced by Hal Roach, film footage and photographs from the Hal Roach studios, lots of photographs from the stars of Hal Roach, a lot of them animated in 3 D, unreleased interview-clips with Hal Roach, Harold Lloyd and our experts like Richard. W. Bann, Annette D`Agostino Lloyd, Stan Taffel, Richard Correll or Hal Roach family members like his daughters Maria and Jeanne or Harold Lloyds granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd etc.!
IT WILL BE REGION ZERO, so should play in any country.
MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW.
NOTE FROM ROB: I hope to have some for
our stall at the
NOTE FROM ROB: I hope to have some for our stall at theBIG Memorabilia Show at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of November 2014 . I have been busy stocking up for the show. We hope to have some special card sets and even some new L&H standees from 'Cult Collectibles'......and more GO HERE: MEMORABILIA NEC
OCTOBER 2nd - MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY / MEMORABILIA / CALENDAR .
The Autumn issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed today to all subscribers worldwide.
In it you will find a write-up on Stan Laurel meeting up with a former comedy colleague from the Fred Karno Company. We catch up with the twins who worked with Laurel & Hardy, and then unite a photo and a story, for the first time ever, of Norman Wisdom meeting Stan Laurel.
Our main feature is actually TWO main features — both on Swiss Miss, in which we reveal two behind-the-scenes stories – one a novel publicity stunt, and the other a mystery story. Couple these with our fabulous front cover, also from Swiss Miss, and you will see why we have christened this issue: “The Swiss Missue.”
There’s more to come when we locate the railway station from A-Haunting We Will Go, plus tell the story of Laurel and Hardy auditioning doubles for Atoll K.
Added to these great articles are some exquisite rare photos – one of the boys viewing their 1947 British rations; another rarity aboard the Queen Mary; and one in glorious REAL colour, from the early forties.
There’s a ‘Reprint from the Past’ from Boys Cinema, and exciting news of the soon-to-be released book: “LAUREL and HARDY – The European Tours.
Just go here to find out what you missed: 2014 BRISTOL CONVENTION
JULY 1st - 'LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE' - MAILED TODAY .
The Summer Issue of The Laurel and Hardy Magazine has been mailed out today to all paid up subscribers. In it you will find a write-up on the recent Helpmates UK Convention. Then we have in depth articles on the making of The Second Hundred Years, and The Fighting Kentuckian — written by Trevor Dorman and Glenn Mitchell, respectively. Yet another great insight is an article revealing how Laurel & Hardy became seventies pop-stars. We give you a connection between Laurel and Hardy, a radio, and a set of quintuplets; and introduce you to twins who worked with Laurel and Hardy on their 1947 British Tour. In ‘Cutting Comments’ we give you the full background of when Stan Laurel met two comedy giants, and a little extra. Add to this an appetising mix of photos – including two recently discovered snaps of the Boys in Blackpool – and we have yet another insightful, informative, and interesting issue.
JUNE 4th - NEW PIN BADGE.
Our next batch of PIN BADGES have arrived ready to go out with recent renewals inside the END OF JUNE magazine. As usual we have a few left over for those who like to collect the pins, or adorn their fezzes with them.
Just go here: PIN BADGES
MAY 25th - SCI FI BY THE SEA / MINI-CONVENTION BRISTOL / 2015 CALENDAR
The next event will be a mini-convention hosted by Grand Sheik Peter Andrews in Bristol, we will be going along to give him a helping hand, so I do hope you will give him your support.
Just go here to find out more: 2014 BRISTOL CONVENTION
* But, before then our 'Laurel &
Hardy' sales stall will be at 'SCI FI BY THE SEA', Herne Bay, Kent
on Sunday June 15th. I do know that many of our members are Sci Fi
fans as well, its a fun day out, just go here:
But, before then our 'Laurel & Hardy' sales stall will be at 'SCI FI BY THE SEA', Herne Bay, Kent on Sunday June 15th. I do know that many of our members are Sci Fi fans as well, its a fun day out, just go here:
The stock of the NEW 2015 CALENDAR will be arriving soon
HOT OFF THE PRESS.
It is now in our catalogue, so you can
pre order yours now:
2014 CONVENTION REPORT AND PHOTOS
For those who missed and those that came along, here is our web page with a report and photos:
The stock of the NEW 2015 CALENDAR will be arriving soon HOT OFF THE PRESS. It is now in our catalogue, so you can pre order yours now:
2014 CONVENTION REPORT AND PHOTOS
APRIL 1st - LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY - CONVENTION SUNDAY MAY 4th
The Spring issue of our ‘LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE’ has been mailed to all subscribers Worldwide today.
In it you will find a touching story of a young boy whose father worked with, and accompanied, Laurel and Hardy throughout their 1947 British tour. In ‘Cutting Comments’ we have contemporary newspaper articles from the Boys’ British AND American Tours. In ‘Ask the Experts’ a puzzling question about Fin is answered.
Our main feature is a 4-page article on the Laurel & Hardy film BRATS, containing rare behind the scenes stills. Add to this a series of candid photos of Laurel AND Hardy at home, at play, on tour, on holiday, and at the studios, and we have yet another photo-filled Fanzine. Available to ALL fans and Tents, worldwide.
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DEC 18th MAGAZINE
The Winter issue of our “LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE” has been mailed to all subscribers Worldwide today. We have a light dusting of winter snow in the ...content, to keep in with our theme, but other aspects are timeless: There are details of a huge collection of Stan Laurel personal possessions which went up for auction recently. We have a first-hand account of the day a sixteen-year-old boy met the Boys, and the story of a Oliver Hardy impersonator, who was often mistaken for one of the Boys.
Our double-page centre-spread is a compendium of photos of the major Hollywood stars and directors who attended the 1933 Hal Roach 20th Anniversary Party. Our main feature is a wonderful background story to the version of “Any Old Port” which got dumped at sea. Add to this our regular mix of rare and/or previously unpublished photos, and we have yet another Festive Fun-Filled Fanzine. This is all topped off by a superb cover colorised by Klaas de Jonge.
If you haven’t yet renewed your subscriptions, or simply wish to be a new subscriber for this high-gloss, colour publication, go to the link below. Available to ALL fans and Tents, worldwide.
For subscription details, or simply re-new your subscriptions, go to these links:
DEC 11th NEW BBC BIOPIC
The BBC is to make a new film drama about comedy legends Laurel and Hardy.
The biopic will be written by Jeff Pope, who created the TV dramas Mrs Biggs and Appropriate Adult and co-wrote Philomena with Steve Coogan. Stan and Ollie will chronicle the pair's 1953 tour of Britain, when their careers were on the wane and beset with problems. Casting details, a filming schedule and a date for the film's transmission have yet to be announced.
If you would like to read all about Laurel and Hardy on Tour, then I recommend both of AJ Marriot's BRITISH and US TOURS books, they are full of information and rare photos, just go here for more details :
LAUREL & HARDY BRITISH and US TOURS BOOKS
NOV 11th MEMORABILIA SHOW UPDATE/ NEW ME & MY PAL BUSTS
The BIG Memorabilia Show at the NEC Birmingham on November Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th is coming up fast. I have been busy stocking up for the show. We will have special card sets and even some custom variants on our busts range just for the event.
UPDATE: Just had an email from MEMORABILIA, as the show has got bigger, they have changed to a bigger hall, so I have updated our web page and floor map to show you where our sales stall is located in HALL 7.
This time ticket holders to MEMORABILIA BIRMINGHAM will automatically be allowed entry to the MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON in the next hall. It is a great day out for all the family, so make sure you come and say “Hello.”
I just thought I would tip you off in advance, GO HERE: MEMORABILIA NEC
I am pleased to say that ACE Lookalikes Stan Slade and Rob Graham will be coming along on the SUNDAY of the show. They will amaze you with their close up magic tricks and will pose for photos. Go to our web page for full details’, and then follow the links from there to see the impressive list of guest stars also going.
Plus many STAR GUESTS from FILM, TV and SPORT. Also displays, side show events and more!! A BRILLIANT day out for the family. We will be there with our full 'Laurel & Hardy' sales stall. Its EASY to get to ...try and make it! MEMORABILIA SHOW.
NEW ME AND MY PAL BUSTS
SEPT. 28th LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY/ 'HELPMATES UK' CONVENTION
The Autumn issue of our “LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE” has been mailed today, and will be winging its way to all our subscribers around the World. In it you will find the “Boys in Dublin”; what happened to Pottsville station; and a report on the “Stan & Olliday” in Blackpool. We have a rare set of photos showing the action from Laurel and Hardy’s 1947 stage sketch, and more rare photos from a show they did in Mexico. There is an article on how Babe Hardy perfected his golf swing, and then our main feature is a fully illustrated account on how “the film “Sons of the Desert” may have looked. All this, and more, in a high-gloss, professionally printed A4 issue, topped off with a stunning colour front cover by Klaas de Jonge. Why not subscribe? Our magazine is available to ALL fans, worldwide.
JULY 30th MEN O WAR LOCATIONS PAGE ADDED.
I have been working through our site updating and adding new pages. I have just added a MEN O WAR LOCATIONS PAGE and updated the PERFECT DAY and BIG BUSINESS pages with Google Street view added. Also the RIDING HIGH page now has a film clip added.
JULY 22nd LATEST 'LAUREL & HARDY BINDERS'/ NEW GALLERY.
Over the next two weeks I am taking orders for 'Laurel & Hardy Magazine' Cordex Binders. We only ever offer these once every 3 years, so my advice is that if you want any, act now, just go here: MAGAZINE BINDERS
I have added a NEW Gallery to our site of many of the images that we have put on our FACEBOOK WEB SITE , for those who have not paid our page a visit. Just go here:
LAUREL & HARDY FACEBOOK GALLERY
JULY 7th LATEST 'LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED'.
Well, now that the 4th July celebrations are over, we can announce that our own explosion of colour is about to light up the skies, as we have just launched Vol.9 No.1 of the Laurel and Hardy Magazine. In it you will find details of “Laurel and Hardy in Blackpool,” a themed weekend event over the August Bank Holiday, in Blackpool, staying at the Metropole Hotel, where the boys themselves stayed in 1932. There are also details of how you can buy the latest book; watch a forthcoming play on Stan Laurel; or attend the next Movie Memorabilia Fair. We have our usual bunch of fine articles, including one on a film that may have been the egg from which “Duck Soup” was hatched; and a behind the scenes story of visitors to the set of “Oliver the Eighth.” On the US Tours front is a gallery of photos from one of several visits Stan and Babe made to Chicago; and, on the European Front, the Boys stop off at a railway station in France. Add to the selection-box a write-up on the recent Helpmates UK Laurel and Hardy Convention, more rare photos and the stories behind them, and you have one giant cracker of a magazine.
MAY 28th CONVENTION
THANKS FOR COMING!
FULL REPORT COMING LATER WITH PHOTOS.
WE WILL BE BACK ON MAY 4th 2014
I would just like to say a special THANK YOU to all of you who came along and supported our event on Sunday. Many thanks too for all the emails and comments; I am so pleased you enjoyed the day. One of my personal highlights was having a ride in a real Model T Ford car, that was provide by John and Sue Palmer. A full report plus many more photos will come later as a web page on our site and in our magazine. We will be back on Sunday May 4th 2014.
March. 28thLAUREL & HARDY – MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY.
The March issue of our “LAUREL and HARDY MAGAZINE” was mailed today, and will hit all points of the globe in the next few days. This issue features a SUPERB cover colorised and designed by Klaas de Jonge.
Inside, you will find a feature on “Laurel and Hardy in Grantham;” an exposé on two of Oliver Hardy’s nieces working as extras at the Hal Roach Studios; Stan and Babe raising money for charity in Dun Laoghaire; some stunning, hitherto unknown shots of Laurel and Hardy backstage at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and the latest items sold recently at auction.
Our “Special” is a 6-page feature on “The Battle of the Century” – which reconstructs the missing scenes with a detailed shooting-script, illustrated with rare stills from the film. All this, beautifully presented in an A4, with COLOUR, professionally printed magazine. If you are a Laurel & Hardy fan, you won’t want to miss it.
March. 20thLAUREL & HARDY US TOURS - WEB PAGE
Our Editor, “A.J” Marriot, has just posted a great storyboard of the 1940s Laurel and Hardy US Tours on his website. Go to this link:http://www.laurelandhardytheustours.com/lahontour.html
March. 12thLAUREL & HARDY PHONE COVERS
I was very sad to hear that Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson has passed away at the age of 83. He is said to have died peacefully in his sleep at midday yesterday (December 26).
I had the pleasure of meeting Gerry when he was a special guest at the ‘Dorking Movie Fair’ I helped organise. The first thing I said to him was, “ I grew up watching THUNDERBIRDS”, Gerry bounced back with, “Well I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy”. It turned out Gerry was a fan of ‘the boys’ and promptly purchased a set of figures from our stall.
Gerry Anderson also created Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90 and Space: 1999 and more.
Nick Williams, the chairman of Fanderson - a Gerry Anderson appreciation society - said: "To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man.
"His desire to make the best films he could drove him and his talented teams to innovate, take risks, and do everything necessary to produce quite inspirational works.
"Gerry's legacy is that he inspired so many people and continues to bring so much joy to so many millions of people around the world."
Anderson was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition worsened over the past six months. Gerry’s memory will live on through all those wonderful TV series he made.
The FESTIVE SPECIAL issue of “The Laurel & Hardy Magazine” has just been mailed ahead of schedule today to all subscribers World-wide.
The cover alone – a full colour winter scene, with the Boys in festive costume – is worth the cost of subscription. Other highlights are: Part 5 of the Robert Youngson compilation films; some superb previously unpublished behind-the-scenes shots of Laurel and Hardy in “The Flying Deuces”; a reprint of a sixty year-old newspaper article, which has been re-set and complemented with original photos. We also feature some recently discovered press-photos, showing Stan and Babe judging a Bathing Beauty competition during their 1947 British Tour. And we launch a brand-new series titled “Background Story” in which we give you the literal and figurative background to a photo of Stan and Ollie at an outside location. All this in an A4 colour professionally produced magazine.
The end of September issue of “The Laurel & Hardy Magazine” has just been mailed, today (a week later than we would have liked) but you will find the wait was well worth it. Firstly, it isn’t our usual A5 format, but has been expanded to A4. This has meant you can now even better enjoy the numerous rare images we always come up with. Other highlights are: a huge feature on some recently discovered footage of Stan and Babe during the making of SHOULD MARRIED MEN GO HOME; Part 4 of the Robert Youngson Laurel & Hardy compilation films; and some rare behind the scenes photos. Even Superman pays us a flying visit, in a very surprising way.
Throw in a couple of adverts, more rare photos, and news of the latest Laurel and Hardy merchandise, and the result is that even this larger format magazine is full to overflowing.
SEPTEMBER 22nd - STAN - BBC TV DRAMA COMES TO DVD .
STAN by Neil Brand DVD
Based on the Neil Brand's critically acclaimed radio play of the same name, this BBC drama tells the story of the world's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy how they met, worked together and remained close friends. Jim Norton (Father Ted) stars as the Stan Laurel, who somewhat reluctantly goes to visit his friend and long-time collaborator Oliver Hardy (Mike Goodenough) on his death bed in 1957. The story reflects the lives and work of Stan and Ollie in a series of flashbacks, and portrays the conversation between the two men as they bid their final farewells after a lifetime of sharing the world's spotlight. Making over 100 films together Laurel & Hardy remain one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of all time.
Also available in a box set with: THE LAUREL & HARDY ANTHOLOGY. Laurel and Hardy were hailed as ....the greatest comedy duo of all time. This programme is an affectionate look back at this amazing acts career, from their early black and white silent film days through the Hal Roach era, to their hugely successful British tours and beyond. Generously laced with hilarious clips from the cream of Laurel and Hardy s films as well as original colour film footage from the U.S. government promotional films, this programme also includes rare newsreel interviews and chronicles their amazing success all around the world.
AUGUST. 17th - LAUREL & HARDY IN FRANCE NEWSREEL.
Thanks again to Trevor Dorman for the tip off about this ‘Laurel and Hardy on the road around Europe’ video footage. We knew of the existence of this footage, as Dave Wyatt covered it in his ‘BEYOND FILM 106’ article in our magazine, but we had not seen this first part. The ending is the boat train footage that we have seen. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW:
JULY. 30th -
Since Trevor Dorman tipped us off about this rare footage that had recently surfaced, we all wondered if there was more. Well, Peter Mikkelsen was first to tip me off that a longer version has now been posted.
Brad Smith tells us:
After posting "On
Location with Laurel and Hardy -- March 1928," (during the making of "Should
Married Men Go Home"), several people have requested the unedited version of the
film also be posted. This is the unedited film. George Mann of the comedic dance
act Barto and Mann shot the film or handed his camera to someone else to shoot.
I've taken a first cut at identifying individuals in the film below. It's likely
I've misidentified individuals in some of the shots. Corrections are welcome as
well as the names of individuals I've identified as "Unknown."
Also included in the clip are: John Aasen (Tall golfer) -- http://johanaasen.com/ , Edgar Kennedy (Golfer with toupee) -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Kennedy
Edna Marion (Blond golf partner) -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_Marion, Viola Richard (Brunette golf partner) -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Richard
Charley Chase -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Chase, There's more about Barto and Mann here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barto_and_Mann
George Mann's photography here: http://www.thegeorgemannarchive.com/, And later in life here: http://onbunkerhill.org/georgemann
0:00 - 0:09 Unknown female #1 with scarf; Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant); unknown female #2 in plaid dress.
0:10 - 0:23 Dorothy Coburn (?) (muddy combatant) in hat; Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant); unknown female #3 (muddy combatant) with golf club.
0:24 - 0:35 Oliver Hardy strikes Stan Laurel with golf club.
0:36 - 0:42 Stan Laurel.
0:43 - 0:50 Oliver Hardy (and Stan Laurel).
0:51 - 1:01 Viola Richard and George Mann.
1:02 - 1:35 Viola Richard, Edna Marian, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. Laurel hits Oliver Hardy in chin with golf club.
1:36 - 1:59 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy & George Mann.
2:00 - 2:12 Dorothy Coburn (?) (muddy combatant) and Viola Richard on Oliver Hardy's shoulders. Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant) assisting.
2:13 - 2:32 Oliver Hardy, John Aasen (very tall golfer) & George Mann. Mann does high kick.
2:33 - 2:38 Stan Laurel and Edgar Kennedy (golfer).
2:39 - 2:45 Dorothy Coburn (?) (muddy combatant).
2:46 - 2:56 Dorothy Coburn (?) (muddy combatant) and Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant) dancing.
2:57 - 3:18 Stan Laurel and Edgar Kennedy (golfer). Kennedy loses toupee.
3:19 - 3:35 Unknown female #4 sitting in chair.
3:36 - 3:50 Unknown male #1 in suit; unknown female #4 sitting in chair; unknown male #2 shirtless; Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant); Dorothy Coburn (?) (muddy combatant) standing; and unknown female #5 sitting.
3:51 - 4:03 Engine.
4:04 -- 5:20 George Mann walking through movie set.
5:21 -- 5:39 Jack Hill (?) (muddy combatant) on set of the S.S. Mirimar.
5:40 -- 5:55 Charley Chase and George Mann dancing and hamming together.
5:56 -- 6:09 Unknown male #3 with cat.
6:10 -- 6:16 Hal Roach Studios.
6:17 -- 6:20 Sign for Laurel-Hardy Comedies.
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JUNE. 30th - .
The June issue of “The Laurel & Hardy Magazine” was mailed today, Saturday, and will hit all points of the globe in the next few days.
Inside you will find: a write-up on the Helpmates UK Convention; and our traditional “Happy Birthday” to Stan. In “Who, What, Where, When” we reveal the story behind one of the support acts on Stan and Babe’s 1952 British stage tour. We learn the story of the transition to sound at the Hal Roach Studios; the later story of how Stan & Ollie became animated; followed by Part 3 of the Robert Youngson Laurel & Hardy compilation films. Then there is a recently found photo of Joe E. Brown clowning with Babe Hardy; plus more rare finds from our own archives. Throw in some merchandise, a couple of adverts, and news of the forthcoming Fred Karno Centenary Celebrations, and the result is yet another overflowing goody-bag.
MAY. 23rd - .
Plus, additional interviews (unpublished) with:
- Lois Laurel-Hawes - Bart Williams - Chuck McCann & Jim MacGeorge - Tyler St. Mark - Stan Taffel - Irv Hyatt - Stu West - Michael Habeck - Ottfried Fischer - Maddin Schneider - Ingo Appelt
You can now order the superb documentary ‘ Andreas Baum: ORDER PAGE
The documentary in DVD-Box has a length of round about 105 minutes (directors cut) instead of the 90-minutes TV-version.
It will be region ZERO in PAL-system (plays in USA on computers OK, etc. But check your DVD-player if it can handle the Pal system – Some players can be set to convert the signal, some do it automatically) with the documentary in German, English and French language (switchable) and the bonus material in German and English language.
The Bonus Disc material runs for 70 minutes and contains:
- "The last Footage" of Stan in colour, music
(4:3 original framing, unpublished))
March. 31st - LAUREL & HARDY MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY .
Our printed “Laurel & Hardy Magazine” was mailed today to all subscribers Worldwide. Again it is full of interesting features:
In “Who, What, Where, Why, When” we feature an unknown lady feeding Babe some birthday cake. ‘Lord Paddington’ reveals more from his diaries, and we have Part II of the Robert Youngson comedy compilation films; plus details of a Laurel & Hardy film that might have been. There’s another “Take your dog to work day,” at the Hal Roach studios, and more previously unseen photos of pin-up girl Viola Richard. The latest L&H books on the market are listed, accompanied by reviews of “LAUREL and Hardy the US Tours.” Our main feature is a whole gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos of Block-Heads.
March. 19th - LAUREL & HARDY TIES NOW IN STOCK .
GO HERE FOR: NECKTIES & WAISTCOAT
March. 2nd - DAVY JONES.
March. 2nd - DAVY JONES.
Last Train to Clarksville
GO HERE: Last Train to Clarksville / Pottsville
Feb. 24th - PICK A STAR ON DVD.
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Feb. 21st - PANCAKE DAY / MAGAZINE BACK ISSUES.
Laurel and Hardy Magazine - BACK ISSUES
We are having quite a few members who are now buying back issues of our magazine, so I thought I would just point you to both of our back issue pages. These issues hold so much material and rare photographs that are not on our web site or Internet, so are well worth catching up on. TIP: Grab these while you can, as once they are gone......That's it!!!
GO HERE: BACK ISSUES PAGE ONE ALSO: BACK ISSUES PAGE TWO
THIS WEB PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE PROOF!!!
Could ‘ A PAIR OF TIGHTS’ been film ‘Laurel & Hardy’ 107. Trevor Dorman and Glenn Mitchell found evidence on January 13th to support this. A full illustrated feature has been written by Glenn Mitchell, so just go here to read it in full:
A PAIR OF TIGHTS – NEARLY FILM 107?
Feb. 14th - TWO NEW BOOKS
Since finishing reading 'A.J' Marriot's superb 'Laurel and Hardy The US Tours' book, I was pleased to receive copies of two more books self-published by Sons - details as follows:
Laurel & Hardy's Advertising Antics
Laurel & Hardy's Advertising Antics is a unique collection, with over 500 illustrations of Stan and Ollie in advertising and other forms of promotion and publicity. The foreword has been written by Roger Robinson, and the appendix contains a list of known TV adverts in which Stan and Ollie or look-alikes appear. COST IS £14.
ORDER ONLINE FROM: LULU BOOK
Jan. 21st. – TONY BAKER
I have just had some sad news from Roger Robinson:
I have today received some very sad news. Tony Baker died on 6th January 2012 at the age of 92. Tony was the train driver on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent, England, when Laurel and Hardy visited on Friday 21st March 1947. Laurel and Hardy were there to re-open the section to Dungeness that had been closed to the public during the Second World War. The event was captured on newsreel film and shown to cinemagoers the following week. Most fans will be familiar with this clip and some out-takes which clearly capture the fun of the day - at one stage Ollie and Tony Baker do a hat exchanged. Tony often talked with great love and fondness about this occasion and remained a Laurel and Hardy fan for the rest of his life. He kept in touch with a few Sons of the Desert and everyone who met him knows what a thoroughly lovely chap he was and he had a wicked sense of humour. Up until very recently, he was still sending occasional E-Mails.
I spoke to to his wife, Esme, tonight. Tony and Esme did not have any children but Esme has been supported by friends and family. I have told her that on behalf of the Sons of the Desert we send her all our love and she was so pleased to know this. ).
Jan. 19th. – LAUREL & HARDY - DODGY AUTOGRAPHS
I had an enquiry about the ‘Boys’ autographs on a business card, the owner wanted to know more about it. So our expert Dave Tomlinson had a look and thought it looked suspect, I also aired my reservations. So what did the chap do with our advice? He put it on ebay for £700! SO BEWARE!! HOW TO SPOT FAKE AUTOGRAPHS GUIDE
I have decided to temporarily remove Neil Sims busts and figures from our online stores, the trouble is that his work has proved so popular that he is having trouble keeping up with demand. But do not worry; I hope to put them back on as soon as he catches up with orders. However, I may move them to our ‘MEMBERS ONLY’ area only, and then only subscribers to our magazine will be able to collect them.
Dec. 17th – MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY -“US TOURS” BOOK NOW OUT .
The December issue of our “Laurel & Hardy Magazine” was mailed today to all subscribers Worldwide.
There’s lots to celebrate in this issue: the release of the new book, plus a new box-set of DVDs. Then there’s a nice pictorial feature on “The Boys and Their Dogs;” plus a great layout of behind the scenes shots during “Babes in Toyland.” Next we make some positive “snipes” (as opposed to those websites and magazines that make negative ones) with some stunning pictorial examples.
Our centre-page is a great piece of ephemera, publicising “Busy Bodies.” Trevor Dorman unearths some unseen clips from “Swiss Miss,” and David Wyatt introduces us to the merits of the “Robert Youngson compilations.”
Add to all of this the photos we have saved specially for this larger A4 edition, and you will see why we call it our “Winter Special.”
GREAT NEWS!! “Laurel and Hardy the US Tours” has now been released. I spent the whole of Monday 12 December at the printers with it’s author “A.J” Marriot. While “A.J” sat there scribbling his signature and dedications in the book (and I do mean “scribbling”), myself and a team of four employees of TT Litho wrapped and then put mail stickers on them, ready to send to all four corners of the globe. With the number of sacks we filled, and dragged to the Royal Mail depot, you’d have thought Santa Claus himself had just made a delivery.
UK buyers should allow 3-4 days for delivery; Europe 4-5 days, and USA and Rest of the World 10 days, which means everyone should get them in time for Christmas.
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THE NEC BIRMINGHAM
The BIG MEMORABILIA SHOW at the NEC was a huge success, we will be back there in 2012. Many thanks to all those who came along and supported the event.
Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection has now been released (mine is on the way from the USA!). Richard Bann has sent in a link to this review for the set: Essential Collection REVIEW
OCTOBER 19th 2011 - “BOOK AND DVD RELEASES/ MEMORABILIA 19th and 20th NOVEMBER.”
WH SMITH SET
LIGHTER SIDE OF LAUREL AND HARDY - OUT IN WH SMITH AND BRITISH HOME STORES!
It’s that time of year now when stores start releasing their Christmas products. Many of you will recall that WH SMITH released a ‘BOOKAZINE’ called ‘The Lighter Side of Laurel & Hardy’ written by our own “A.J” Marriot. This sold out quickly, and was immediately reprinted for a second release in SAINSBURYS stores, which again sold out. Then, last year it was released in a smaller format packaged with 'Flying Deuces' for ‘THE WORKS’ chain of stores. For those who missed out you may like to know that it has been reprinted again TWICE, but in different formats.
It has now come out in large BOOKAZINE FORMAT at WH SMITH in a box with FOUR DVD's for £9.99. The DVD's are, FLYING DEUCES, UTOPIA, WIZARD OF OZ (Oliver Hardy). But what would interest collectors is the last DVD. It has their first film together, LUCKY DOG plus Stan's HOME MOVIES and TREE IN A TEST TUBE in colour.
Also in a large box packaged with UTOPIA & FLYING DEUCES, but now it is in a very nice compact hardback book exclusive to BRITISH HOME STORES, priced at £15. So if you did miss out on this publication, I would suggest you grab a copy now, as it is bound to sell out again.
I met up with "A.J" Marriot on 19th October at the printers.
They have now started work on his next book, "LAUREL
and HARDY - The U.S. Tours," which should be out by mid November.
OCTOBER 6th 2011 - “LAUREL AND HARDY MAGAZINE - MAILED TODAY”
Our next quarterly A5 colour Laurel & Hardy Magazine ( VOL. 8 No.7 ) was mailed today to all subscribers worldwide. In “Who, What, Where, When” we feature some rare shots from Oliver Hardy’s garden. ‘Lord Paddington’ reveals more from his diaries; and Rob Lewis gives us the background story to film “Inserts.” “Focus on a Photo” reveals one of Babe’s cousins visiting the Roach Lot; and in our “Letters” page, we reveal some intriguing Laurel & Hardy finds sent in by readers.
Next we go some way to solving the riddle of a photograph which featured on a TV auction show; and then ask if we have found Stan Laurel’s brother – on screen.
Add to the mix more rare photos from our Archives, plus the bonus of some rare footage finds, and we yet have another exclusive and exciting Laurel and Hardy magazine. To top it all is news of “LAUREL and HARDY – The U.S. Tours.” The book will be out REAL SOON!
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AUGUST 17th 2011 - “BEWARE of FAKE LAUREL & HARDY AUTOGRAPHS ”
We have updated our sales catalogue, so why not take a spin around to see what's new: CATALOGUE
This has to be the FAKE OF THE DAY on ebay. But the JOKE is that its not even Laurel & Hardy...but look-a-likes. Beware of ebay for buying autographs, as our expert, Dave Tomlinson tells me there are also another 2 fakes up at the moment. OH and have we got a good story that will be in our next magazine about a FAKE actually sold on a respected TV programme. For our guide on how not to get ripped off, just go here: BUYER BEWARE.
AUGUST 5th 2011 - “LAUREL & HARDY DVD BOX SET FOR USA RELEASE- UPDATED”
JULY 6th 2011 - “MAGAZINE MAILED TODAY”
Our next quarterly A5 colour Laurel & Hardy Magazine ( VOL. 8 No.6 ) was mailed today to all subscribers worldwide. There’s a write-up and photos from our May ‘Laurel & Hardy Convention,’ which over 150 of you attended. In “Who, What, Where, When” we reveal a mystery visitor on the set of “Our Relations.” We learn the story of a ‘lost’ book; hear the musings of ‘Lord Paddington,’ and gain the background story to glass-slides. Plus we have our regular array of rare photos and finds – all beautifully presented in a full-colour, glossy magazine.
Why not have your OWN Fez made to measure?
| We have
just received the next batch of metal club badges to be sent out to our
MEMBER/SUBSCRIBERS who renewed their membership with the last magazine.
The next issue of our magazine will be
sent out at the end of June / 1st week of July. We only ever have
30 to 40 pins spare to sell, after that they will NOT be produced again.
Many 'Sons' like to adorn their Fezzes with these pins, so for those who
would like one for your collection, just go to this page:
"Movie Comedians See the Big City" (Hearst Metrotone News, 1932)
"Movie Comedians See the Big City" (Hearst Metrotone News, 1932)
Now here is some RARE footage: Laurel & Hardy filmed this skit on
location in Times Square on Broadway (New York City); police enforce crowd
control while the Boys do their thing.
JUNE 19th 2011 - “FATHERS
DAY UK / AUCTION NEWS”
JUNE 19th 2011 - “FATHERS DAY UK / AUCTION NEWS”
Debbie Reynolds auctions off Hollywood treasures.
In this June 10, 2011 photo, entertainer Debbie Reynolds poses on a 1918 Ford
Model T used in "Laurel & Hardy" films, at the Paley Centre for Media in Beverly
Hills, Calif. Pieces in Reynolds' extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia
will be put up for auction at the Paley Centre .
Just in, the start price of the auction was
$20,000. It sold for (including fees) $43,050.00
STOP PRESS: Just in, the start price of the auction was $20,000. It sold for (including fees) $43,050.00 !
JUNE 5th 2011 - “LAUREL &
HARDY HELPMATES CONVENTION – 2012”
JUNE 5th 2011 - “LAUREL & HARDY HELPMATES CONVENTION – 2012”
MAY 29th - “LAUREL & HARDY CATALOGUE UPDATED" / NEW BOOK.
The Making of Stan Laurel
Echoes of a British Boyhood
Stan Laurel, the man, lived in the USA. Stan Laurel, the boy, lived in the UK. His family background gave him an intimate introduction to the theatrical world and he grew up determined to dedicate his life to making people laugh. This ground-breaking book examines his family, boyhood years and struggle to establish a career in theatre and films. It describes his pivotal roles both behind and in front of the camera and how his boyhood experiences are echoed in many Laurel and Hardy films. Stan never forgot his boyhood. He returned home when circumstances allowed. Friendships forged in his early years lasted a life-time and he remained in touch with his family and friends until his death in 1965.
About the Author:
Danny Lawrence is a retired sociologist from the University of Nottingham. He was born and raised in North Shields, a few hundred yards from Stan’s boyhood home.
TO FIND OUT MORE or TO BUY this book, just click on the amazon link to your LEFT.
I have just added three new pages to our online CATALOGUE as well as updating several pages, so now may be a good time to take a spin round to see what we have on offer. We are pleased to announce next years OFFICIAL 'Laurel & Hardy' Calendar page is now ready to take advance orders. There will only be the SLIM version for 2012, again it will be packed full of interesting snippets provided by author, Glenn Mitchell. JUST GO HERE: 2012 CALENDAR .
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The Music Box Steps. are still there in LA.
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