To contact Dean click below:
Hi there, youíd think
writing something about yourself would be an easy feat but its not
and there is nothing more daunting than a blank piece of paper or in
this case a blank word file!
It would perhaps be
logical to start at the beginning as the beginning is were most
people start but being a Nutter Iíd prefer to start at the end.
Ok so I didnít get away
with that. Last month (April 2008) I had a brainwave one so
spectacularly brilliant I had to follow through with it, it simply
could not fail! It did. However luckily for me the three hours
waiting in the Accident and Emergency Department wasnít time wasted,
it got me thinking of conversations Iíve had with my fellow Nutters
about the possibility of a web site dedicated to The Nutty Nut News
Network. You see in 2005 The Nutty Nut News Network Show was
resurrected when the 1986 Valley Forge Convention audio was
remastered by Mike David and posted on The Laurel and Hardy Forum.
Since its emergence
on the scene The Laurel and Hardy Forum has grown into an untameable
monster that contains masses of information on anything and
everything to do with Laurel and Hardy, I was lucky enough to be on
the staff team as a Global Moderator and together with the admins
and the dedicated members we proudly watched and helped the forum
expand beyond all possible dreams. The forum kept me busier than a
one legged Riverdancer and in April of 2008 I parted ways with the
it and found myself with the time needed to help my fellow Nutters
launch a dedicated Nutty Nut News Network website to help give the
Networks material the exposure it deserves as it was easily lost
amongst the forums ever expanding database. And so we are proud to
www.nuttynutnewsnetwork.co.uk and Iíd like
to add that you never really learn to swear until you learn to
create a web site!
Me in April 2008 with
Scottish screen and stage legend Gerard Kelly at an award dinner in
Ever since I can remember
I have been a fan of Laurel and Hardy. Now anyone who knows me
will argue that I can barely remember last week as I had amnesia
onceÖ..or was it twice? But as I see it a bad memory usually
means you always have a clear conscience. Regardless of this I
know my first memory is of watching Laurel and Hardy in Swiss Miss, the
scene being the rope bridge piano delivery one and I think I must
have been around three or four at the time as I hadnít yet started
school. This was back in the day when the BBC regularly screened
Laurel and Hardy films in the mornings and I felt so lucky that my
parents were wise enough to invest in a video recorder as this was
the early 1980s and video recorders were the latest technology and
quite expensive. Now of course videos are rarely used and we can
all carry films around with us on IPODís. I just thank my lucky
stars that from that early age I was exposed to Stan and Ollie and
as I grew my love for The Boys grew as well.
Backstage after the Tom
McGrath play in Edinburgh in 2006
In the early nineties I
became a member of the Bonnie Scotland Tent but was only in my early
teens and so could not travel to meetings. I then directly
subscribed to Willie McIntyreís Bowler Dessert making me a member of
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent which I am still a member of today.
The Three Wise Men
(Larry, Curly and Moe) at the Panopticon.
If you now fast forward
to 2005 I was asked by Ross Owen to be his Vice Sheik when he formed
Oasis 250, the Fra Diavolo Tent of North Lanarkshire where I served
for one year and then was let off for good behaviour. It was around
this time my own personal Laurel and Hardy collection went from
consisting of some DVDís and pictures to filling a room with
everything you can possibly imagine. Autographs, letters, movie
posters, artwork, all types of figures and ornaments, a projector
and nine foot screen and as many Laurel and Hardy books as I could
find. Basically anything I see relating to Laurel and Hardy I
usually buy. It is now at the stage where items I find myself
buying are rarer and more expensive. Many people see my collection
and question my sanity but my sanity and lack thereof has never been
Yes the rumours are true,
I can read. This is me at the Fra Diavolo Tents first meeting.
The stag in the background was doing 90 miles an hour when it went
through that wall.
For the past two years I
have attended regular meetings of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent in
the Panopticon in Glasgow where Willie McIntyre shows Laurel and
Hardy films on a big screen to a full house made up of people off
the street and fellow Sons, sometimes we even untie the people off
the street and let them leave! Seriously these monthly meetings
prove to be the highlight of my month. You are always guaranteed a
warm, friendly atmosphere which does help in winter when the
buildings temperature is so low they open up an ice box to give us
all a heat!
Presenting John Bogie
with his Laurel and Hardy Forum Quiz Champion 2008 certificate
If youíve read this far
then I salute you and sympathise with you since your TV is probably
broken or you have insomnia I can think of no other reasons why you
just read my profile. I hope that everyone from fellow Sonís to
ordinary (if thatís the correct word) Laurel and Hardy fans find
something to entertain them on The Nutty Nut News Network site.
Donít forget you can get involved by submitting your own audio files
or news items, this site should be used as a resource for Tents
around the world to share information as keeping people informed was
the main reason Guido Cipriani founded the Network.
Hope everyone has fun
here with Stan and Ollie and my fellow Sons and Nutters.
THE END (for real this
To contact Dean click below:
The Charlie Hall Picture Archive is a
unique book for all fans of Charlie Hall and Laurel and Hardy. The
book features over two hundred and ten images, many of which have
never been published and has sections covering Charlie Hall, his
family and the places they visited, his cars, the studio set up in
Hollywood (with a section dedicated to Hal Roach) and the stars of
the time (including Mary Pickford and Mabel Normand). There are
numerous mini biographies of Charlie's co-stars and the book closes
with a sixty five page chapter relating to Charlie Hall's film
stills with in depth synopsis of some of his films. Where possible
Charlie's own words have been used.
The book is slightly smaller than A4, has 178 pages in total and
close to 17,000 words. The book was written by Dean McKeown and
edited by Maria Cairney, the foreword was written by Willie
1. Introduction page 1
2. Charlie Hall page 4
3. Meet The Family page 15
4. A Man And His Cars page 37
5. Out On Location page 44
6. Studios And Stars page 71
7. Charlieís Film Stills page 95
8. Filmography page 161
9. Appendix page 165
The Charlie Hall Picture Archive 2009 © Dean McKeown. All rights
Book cover designed by Dean McKeown
No part of The Charlie Hall Picture Archive book may be reproduced
or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or
mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any
information storage and retrieval system, without permission in
writing from Dean McKeown.
Dean, your book is really smashing! A
must have for everyone interested in Laurel and Hardy Land! The
pictures are all stunning and fascinating, it's hard to put this
book down. A job more than well done. Bravo!
I don't think I am overstating the case when I say that this is one
of the most exciting books ever to have been written by a Son of the
Desert. There has never been anything quite like this before! Very
skilfully compiled by Dean McKeown, it takes you right into
Charlie's personal life and work in a way which leaves you feeling
you have finally got to know that little chap from Birmingham.
Willie McIntyre, author of The Laurel and Hardy Digest and Bowler
Dean McKeown's "The Charlie Hall Picture Archive" is a well written
visual masterpiece. I can't imagine any admirer of Laurel and Hardy
being without this work....The book makes the reader feel close to
Charlie's career and illustrates the expression "pictures are worth
a thousand words."
Part of Roger Gordon's excellent review in the Intra-Tent
Journal, issue 133, Summer 2009.
'Laurel and Hardy fans will devour and enjoy The Charlie Hall
Picture Archive. It is the next best thing to having known the
diminutive chap from Birmingham, England, the one who advertised
himself in casting directories as "(Little) Charles Hall." He did so
in order to distinguish himself from the similarly British-born art
director and production designer Charles D Hall. Evidently the two
men were even born the same year.
Besides the illustrations in Dean McKeown's book, and Charlie Hall's
own captions for them, I enjoyed the text. I learned some things I
did not know, giving a better sense of who this man really was.
And right when so many of us believe there are no more Laurel and
Hardy still photos yet to be unearthed, more surface. It seems there
are always more to discover - a good thing!'
Richard Bann on the Official Laurel and Hardy Website.
Thank you very much for dedicating all this time and energy in one
of the most popular colleagues of the Boys.
Peter van Rooij
This is a lovely book, well presented and beautiful photographs of
Charlie and his family, as you go through this book, you get to feel
the love and hard work that went into producing this wonderful
'Diary' of Charlie's life, because that's what it's like, a Diary in
Charlie's own words ! Also, the research that Dean has put into this
work, (for example) finding a copy of the passenger manifest going
through Ellis Island ! Couldn't have been easy! All these little
extras help to form a wonderful compilation of Charlie's early life
in America, and becoming a great 'Foil' for the 'Boys'. Thank you
Dean, We are Indebted to you for this long overdue account of one of
the great co-stars of L. & H.
Many thanks for letting us share a truly remarkable piece of
history- and a thoroughly good read.
Despite a list of acting credits as long as your arm, Charlie Hall
is not a name that is instantly recognisable to any but the most
ardent classic film fans. Born in Birmingham, England in 1899, Hall
emigrated to America in his twentieth year. As a trained carpenter
he found work behind the scene in New York film studios before
eventually finding himself in front of the camera. Today he is best
remembered for his appearances as a foil to the ever popular Laurel
and Hardy during their heyday at the Hal Roach film studios in the
It is to Laurel and Hardy fan Dean McKeownís credit that, when he
purchased a batch of photographs from the person collection of 1930s
character actor and comedian Charlie Hall, he felt no desire to
horde historic artefacts to himself. Instead he immediately set to
work assembling this book as a means of sharing the images with
interested parties world wide. Hundreds of photos are presented
uncropped in this 170-page, large format soft-back book and are
given context by Deanís well researched text.
Beyond simply collecting film stills (although there are many fine
examples of these), The Charlie Hall Picture Archive delves into the
actors personal snaps. Many of the photographs were taken during a
visit from his mother, who still lived in England. Mother Hall was
given a full tour of her sonís new home and fans of classic
Hollywood film making are bound to pleased with the visual record of
the city that has been preserved in these informal snaps. The fact
that Hall kept such a detailed record of her visit perhaps hints to
the fact that he regretted not seeing her more during his adult life
and the book is all the more worthwhile for this kind of insight.
I must say The Charlie Hall Picture Archive is very professionally
put together. The photos are astounding, especially those of Charlie
by his dressing room, in Stan's garden and so many others - and to
see his comments in his own writing - stunning. It is a remarkable
and attractive book. What a treasure of information this book is. I
always wondered about co-stars like Charlie and what their lives
were like and you have created the definitive source for just that.
You really put your heart and soul into this.
WOW, let's have a book like yours about every Laurel and Hardy
co-star!!! Congratulations, I haven't read it completely yet but of
course I've seen every single page and photo! The photo on page 135
is from the 1933 short comedy 'In the Dough' with Dougie Wakefield
and Billy Nelson. The photo on page 145 is from the 1932 short 'The
Soilers' directed by George Marshall.