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November 21, 2011
'Sons of the Desert' This 1933 comedy feature is also the name of the comics' international appreciation society. 'Babes in Toyland' The comic duo shine in this lavish 1934 version of Victor Herbert's popular operetta. 'Block-Heads' The boys play World War I veterans who reunite in this 1938 slapstick delight.
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September 15, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Steve Martin, the man in the white suit, has led many lives and worn many hats - some of them actual hats - in his travels through the culture as actor, musician, composer, novelist, memoirist, humorist, playwright, screenwriter, comedy writer, art collector, magician and Twitter star. So busy and so varied has his career been that it is possible to forget, if you ever knew it, that he once was a stand-up comedian, a pursuit he pretty much abandoned at his rock-star height, some 30 years ago. A dispatch from that lost time comes this week in the form of a three-DVD set, "Steve Martin: The Television Stuff" (Shout!
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November 21, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
They meet every Tuesday afternoon at the famous Culver Hotel in Culver City, seated at a center table in the restaurant, engaged in lively, loud luncheon conversation. They are members of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, and a more devoted group is hard to find. The name derives from the 1933 comedy starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. They play friends with domineering wives who hope to attend a convention of their fraternal organization, called Sons of the Desert.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
Walt Disney's creation Mickey Mouse appeared in what 1934 musical comedy with Jimmy Durante and Laurel and Hardy? "Hollywood Party"
NEWS
September 1, 1985
More than my displeasure at the rising costs of postage over the years is my sadness/amazement as to the postmaster general's refusal to honor Laurel and Hardy on a postage stamp ("The Pictures on Our Postal Stamps" by Betty Cuniberti, Aug. 23). In my opinion, lesser individuals have been so honored, and during the hard times of the Great Depression in America, these two comic "geniuses" brought laughs to people (those fortunate enough to have the admission . . . ) during a period when laughs were "very" difficult/impossible?
NEWS
June 3, 1987 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
Randy Skretvedt was 5 when he saw his first Laurel and Hardy movie on TV one Saturday morning in 1964. "It was 'Swiss Miss,' and I just laughed and laughed and laughed," Skretvedt recalled. "More so than liking them for their gags, it's the characters and their relationship to each other that intrigued me. They really do say something quite profound about friendships and relationships. You just don't get that with the Three Stooges."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
Amid the talk about Los Angeles' possibly landing a pro football franchise, young fans may be surprised to learn the area once was the home of two NFL teams, the Rams and the Raiders. Of course that was last century, before the two defected to other cities. But even old-timers may have forgotten another local aggregation that was a pioneer of sort, the Orange County Rhinos. In 1957, the semi-pro Rhinos became the first local football team to regularly televise their home games.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
Walt Disney's creation Mickey Mouse appeared in what 1934 musical comedy with Jimmy Durante and Laurel and Hardy? "Hollywood Party"
SPORTS
August 29, 1992
In response to Larry Stewart's column last week, I personally enjoy very much the chatter between Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian on their KMPC show. Listening to some half-baked caller constantly can get awfully boring. I liken McDonnell-Krikorian to a cross between Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy. Goofy, yet most of the time well informed. VAN BARBIERI San Pedro
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2011
The steep flight of stairs featured in the Oscar-winning 1932 comedy short, "The Music Box" are cherished among fans of the legendary team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. There's even a plaque on the steps in Silver Lake commemorating the production. Directed by James Parrott, "The Music Box" ? the first film to win the Oscar for live action short ? follows the misadventures of Laurel and Hardy as they try to deliver a player piano to a residence located up a daunting number of stairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011
The venerable Culver Hotel was heralded as that city's "skyscraper" when it opened Sept. 4, 1924. It was originally called the Hotel Hunt and was a landmark in the city that was the home of MGM. The six-floor, wedge-shaped hotel was where the Munchkins stayed while they were filming the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz. " Their shenanigans became part of Hollywood lore and in fact, a 1981 film comedy, "Under the Rainbow," re-created the Munchkins' escapades...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011
'Sons of the Desert' This 1933 comedy feature is also the name of the comics' international appreciation society. 'Babes in Toyland' The comic duo shine in this lavish 1934 version of Victor Herbert's popular operetta. 'Block-Heads' The boys play World War I veterans who reunite in this 1938 slapstick delight.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
They meet every Tuesday afternoon at the famous Culver Hotel in Culver City, seated at a center table in the restaurant, engaged in lively, loud luncheon conversation. They are members of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, and a more devoted group is hard to find. The name derives from the 1933 comedy starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. They play friends with domineering wives who hope to attend a convention of their fraternal organization, called Sons of the Desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
Amid the talk about Los Angeles' possibly landing a pro football franchise, young fans may be surprised to learn the area once was the home of two NFL teams, the Rams and the Raiders. Of course that was last century, before the two defected to other cities. But even old-timers may have forgotten another local aggregation that was a pioneer of sort, the Orange County Rhinos. In 1957, the semi-pro Rhinos became the first local football team to regularly televise their home games.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2011
The steep flight of stairs featured in the Oscar-winning 1932 comedy short, "The Music Box" are cherished among fans of the legendary team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. There's even a plaque on the steps in Silver Lake commemorating the production. Directed by James Parrott, "The Music Box" ? the first film to win the Oscar for live action short ? follows the misadventures of Laurel and Hardy as they try to deliver a player piano to a residence located up a daunting number of stairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
John McCabe, a Shakespearean scholar and show business biographer whose 1961 book on Laurel and Hardy was considered the definitive work that brought the comedy duo the critical respect that had eluded them, has died. He was 84. McCabe died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, said his wife, Karen. "Laurel and Hardy were not embraced by the intelligentsia like the Marx Brothers were," said film critic Leonard Maltin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1985 | STEPHEN G. BLOOM, Times Staff Writer
Wrestler Gorgeous George is buried there, with a simple flat marker reading, "Love to Our Daddy, Gorgeous George, 1915-1963." Comedian Oliver Hardy, the portly half of the classic Laurel and Hardy comic team, is nearby in the Garden of Hope. "Oliver Hardy, 1892-1957, A Genius of Comedy. His talent brought joy and laughter to all the world," his memorial plaque says.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1990
Think for a moment, Mr. Gardner, of those moments of magic and beauty on the silver screen: the goodby scene between Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in "On the Beach"; Henry Fonda doing the two-step in "My Darling Clemintine"; Lew Ayres reaching for the flower in "All Quiet on the Western Front"; Sophie making her choice; Laurel and Hardy just looking into the camera. Each scene a portrait as lovely as a Van Gogh, as lyrical as Mozart and as moving as a Shelley sonnet. Be an optimist, Mr. Gardner--look under all that Hollywood manure and once in a while you'll find a pony.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
On Nov. 30, the American Cinematheque celebrates the 70th anniversary of the beloved Laurel and Hardy musical holiday comedy, "Babes in Toyland," with a screening and a reunion of surviving members of the comedy including Payne Johnson and Dickie Jones. "Babes in Toyland" had a tumultuous voyage to the big screen. Producer Hal Roach's big-budget adaptation of the popular Victor Herbert operetta was beset with illness, confusion, directorial changes and on-set accidents.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it the summer of the two Charlies; vintage comedies of Charlie Chaplin and the mysteries of Charlie Chan have just hit video stories. Kino on Video has released the second installment in its ambitious eight-volume "Slapstick Encyclopedia" ($90 for the set; $25 each) collection. The latest four volumes of silent comedy classics features 25 rib-ticklers starring such clowns as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Will Rogers, Harold Lloyd, Larry Semon, Charley Bowers and Billy Bletcher.
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