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January 13, 1992 |
Please--don't rush Hal Roach. A couple of hundred of the legendary filmmaker's friends and admirers gathered Sunday in Woodland Hills to celebrate his 100th birthday. But as Roach, the man who teamed Stan Laurel with Oliver Hardy and turned a group of child actors into "Our Gang," pointed out, they were a couple of days early. "I've got two more days to go," Roach said in crotchety tones when he was asked how it felt to be 100. "I can talk about being 99 all afternoon." Ask him again Tuesday.
April 14, 1989 |
"The Wizard of Oz." . . MGM/UA CLV Extended Play laser video disc, under $25 ; . . MGM/Criterion Collection CAV Standard Play laser video disc, under $100. If you've never seen "The Wizard of Oz" in the theater and if your most recent memory of the film is the TV broadcast or a videotape, then get ready for a trip down the Yellow Brick Road that you won't soon forget. The Criterion video disc obliterates the competition. The brilliant color of the original, including the sepia introduction and conclusion with Dorothy at home in Kansas, is scrupulously captured in crystal-clear detail and a rainbow of hues.
November 24, 1989 |
Kissing and fisticuffs were part of Errol Flynn's life even when the legendary Hollywood hero was a schoolboy. London auction house Christie's plans to offer a rare collection of six signed love letters next month that the film star penned from his London boarding school to a friend's sister, Mary White. "My dear Mary . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996 |
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have reappeared on the same Culver City block where they filmed their early movies--only this time their image is larger than life. The overall-clad comic duo appear in a 23-by-40-foot black and white mural finished this month by Francois Bardol. Painted on the back wall of Stellar Hardware, a fixture on Main Street since 1923, the pair's familiar expressions of befuddlement and exasperation are drawing cheerful reviews.
March 5, 1995
Apparently somewhere between 1945 and 1955, Jerry Lewis got hit on the head with a flying object or bumped into some very large piece of furniture ("The Devil Made Him Do It," by Robert Strauss, Feb. 26). Does he remember WHO got him those New York club dates with Dino Crocetti (Dean Martin) or, for that matter, WHO found Dean Martin to put him with as an act? Does he remember WHO got him those salaries at those clubs and really got his career started? My father, Abbey Greshler, who became a highly successful agent, put Martin and Lewis together.
October 2, 1993 |
Gordon Douglas, whose directing credits began with the spirited charm of the "Our Gang" kids and spanned eloquent melodramas and pedestrian comedies, is dead. Douglas, who won an Academy Award for "Bored of Education," a 1936 one-reel short subject that was among his 30 "Our Gang" films, was 85 when he died Wednesday in a Los Angeles convalescent home. He had been in failing health, his wife, Julia Mock-Douglas, said Friday.
November 3, 1992 |
Movie producer Hal Roach, who teamed Laurel with Hardy and turned a talented yet unaffected group of child actors into "Our Gang" during a career that spanned silent one-reelers and television situation comedies, died Monday at his Bel-Air home. His 100th birthday in January, celebrated at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, produced what proved a final outpouring of sentiment and public attention to the film industry's oldest pioneer.
January 17, 1992 |
Hal Roach, who turned 100 Tuesday with much fanfare and whoop-di-do, may be best known for pairing Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Norville Hardy in the '20s. Many would say that the creation of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was his finest achievement. After watching a new MGM/UA Home Video double-feature laser set ("The Devil's Brother" and "Laurel & Hardy's Laughing 20's," $40) spotlighting their comic genius, it would be hard to argue the point.
February 3, 1989 |
"Who's Harry Crumb?" (citywide)--he's John Candy as the klutziest detective since Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. In this pleasantly silly private-eye spoof, Crumb is a grand poseur, shamelessly self-important, slow on the uptake yet good of heart and not the complete fool he so often seems. He's in constant battle with objects inanimate and otherwise.