Filming of the biopic on Laurel and Hardy by the BBC has now finished. We can hardly wait to see the results.
Another Fine Fest
Below is the web link to the brochure for the Another Fine Fest event in Ulverston in June.
Hello from California to my fellow admirers of Laurel and Hardy in the UK.
I hope you might have heard about my book, "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies." I began the research for it in 1973, when I was 14, and the first edition of it was published back in 1987. I was very blessed to meet and interview 65 co-workers and friends of Stan and Babe, including Hal Roach, Anita Garvin Stanley, Henry Brandon, music director Marvin Hatley, special effects wizard Roy Seawright, director George Marshall, editors Richard Currier and Bert Jordan, and many more. All of them shared with me some wonderful insights into the making of each Laurel and Hardy film. I was also able to find almost all of the team's scripts, which proved Hal Roach's theory that "fifty percent of what is in the script will not play," or will be replaced by other material. Those "missing" scenes were often very funny, though, and I described all of them in the book.
About ten years ago, I realized that with the advent of the Internet, there was so much more material available that I would have to rewrite the book. Last year, the new edition was published, and thanks to David Koenig at Bonaventure Press it is more beautifully designed than anything I could have imagined. The new edition is greatly revised and expanded, with twice as much text, four times as many rare and previously unpublished photos (1,000 of them) and a wealth of new information.
Until now, it has been difficult to get copies of my book from the USA to fans in the UK, as the postage cost was around $75.00 USD per book, almost as much as the book itself. Happily, you may now order the book from Amazon UK, and the postage will cost only about £5.23, or about 6.98 in USD. (The postage to Ireland is now about 18 Euros, previously 80!)
With this massive reduction of postage costs, I hope you will let the members of your tent know that the book is now much more affordable. Yes, it still costs a considerable sum, but even if I say so myself, the book is beautifully crafted in every way. I'm happy to say that it has gotten many rave reviews. There are only a few hundred copies left of the hardcover edition, and there will not be a second printing.
Here's where you can order it: http://tinyurl.com/Amazon-UK-L-H-Book
Further information about the book is at the website of the American publisher, http://www.bonaventurepress.com
I send every good wish to you and the members of your tent. Long live Stan and Ollie, and long live the Sons of the Desert.
Fraternally yours - Randy Skretvedt
cheer Brian Jessop came
across this beer mat recently. . . I wonder if
there is any iron in it? John
Brian Jessop came across this beer mat recently. . . I wonder if there is any iron in it?
Way back when
An item in the press
mentions that a bronze statue of Victoria Wood is
to be created by 'our' Graham. The completed work is to
be sited in Library Gardens in her home town of
Bury, Greater Manchester. Good to see that the lad
is keeping busy. Eric
Woods Graham [Ibbeson]
created the wonderful statue of Laurel and Hardy
which stands in Ulverston
An item in the press mentions that a bronze statue of Victoria Wood is to be created by 'our' Graham.
The completed work is to be sited in Library Gardens in her home town of Bury, Greater Manchester.
Good to see that the lad is keeping busy.
Graham [Ibbeson] created the wonderful statue of Laurel and Hardy which stands in Ulverston
In the press
Here is an interesting report on the ventriloquist who appeared in the same theatres with L&H in the '50s, still working today:
The article also had a pop-up window (at least when I clicked on it), which had a short video report of the restoration of a statue of Stan, and the man who's speaking gives some interesting commentary about Stan, his theatrical background and his career in film.
He is the Black Country clubland ventriloquist who is the only surviving UK artiste to perform with Laurel and Hardy. And Mike Dennett is still treading the board with dummy Chic - at the age of 73.