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all Stan's friends/co-stars were dying...

Postby bruceleefan on Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:54 am

Oliver Hardy - 1957
charlie hall - 1959
james finlayson - 1953
mae busch - 1946
Tiny Sandford - 1961
Charley Rogers - 1956
Ben Turpin - 1940

i truly feel sorry for Stan thinking about that, all his friends and co-stars were dropping off like flies around him.

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Postby Ross on Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:23 am

This is one of the sad facts of life and exactly the reason I wouldn't want to live forever.
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Postby Bruckman64 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:28 pm

bruceleefan wrote:Oliver Hardy - 1957
charlie hall - 1959
james finlayson - 1953
mae busch - 1946
Tiny Sandford - 1961
Charley Rogers - 1956
Ben Turpin - 1940

i truly feel sorry for Stan thinking about that, all his friends and co-stars were dropping off like flies around him.


Well, yes - but since one tends to make friends within one's peer/age group, it's one of the inevitabilities that they start passing away with their generation. What I'm grateful for is that enough of Stan's peers lived well into the era of my generation (i.e. the 1980s-1990s): Anita Garvin, Hal Roach, Marvin Hatley, Thomas Benton Roberts, Alice Cooke, Felix Knight, Henry Brandon......although yes, I wish Jimmy Finlayson and the others on the list had lived to 100 so we could have their memories too (think what kind of conversation a mixed gathering of Finlayson, Charlie Hall, C. Chase, James Parrott and James Horne would provide at a Sons of the Desert convention).

What impresses me is how far we've come since John McCabe's first book in filling in the Laurel and Hardy timeline with first-person facts and documentation. Even when I was a kid in the 1970s the history of L&H was pretty sketchy; a lot of "facts" about their work were based purely on reminiscence.
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Postby stanfan1 on Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:49 am

It really stinks to lose all your friends. If I lost my best friend, I'd cry. :cry:

If I lost Sarah, I'd cry too, because she's awesome. :P
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Postby Mr. Hall on Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:14 am

Ross wrote: I wouldn't want to live forever.

No, but laughing forever'd be great :D

Bruckman64 wrote:... when I was a kid in the 1970s the history of L&H was pretty sketchy;
a lot of "facts" about their work were based purely on reminiscence.

And how.... lt used to be fun for our imagination, though :P
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Postby bruceleefan on Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:42 am

when I was a kid in the 1970s the history of L&H was pretty sketchy


t'was the same for me but with bruce lee, but the thing about that is you are so happy and excited when you got new bits of info, but once you know ''everything'', theres not much else to learn, takes away a bit of the fun.

and when new documentarys and stuff comes out, there just rehashing the same info over and over again.

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Postby Jay Borrano on Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:44 am

Bruckman has a point, I am in my early 60s and have lost friends dear to me, one after some 45yrs.
Yes, it is difficult. I understand Stan took 0llies passing pretty hard. But then, again, its 'thanks for the memories too. :( what can we do.
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Postby stanfan1 on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:12 am

I've lost two family members who served in World War II, and I'm just angry with God for taking them away from me. :cry:
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Postby Ross on Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:08 pm

bruceleefan wrote:
when I was a kid in the 1970s the history of L&H was pretty sketchy


t'was the same for me but with bruce lee, but the thing about that is you are so happy and excited when you got new bits of info, but once you know ''everything'', theres not much else to learn, takes away a bit of the fun.

and when new documentarys and stuff comes out, there just rehashing the same info over and over again.


Amazingly even in 2009 we are still discovering a whole new load of old unseen footage and rarities. God bless the internet.
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Postby bruceleefan on Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:52 am

Amazingly even in 2009 we are still discovering a whole new load of old unseen footage and rarities


its only a matter of time for hats off and rogue song then... hopefully!

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Postby olzielawzy on Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:18 pm

bruceleefan wrote:
Amazingly even in 2009 we are still discovering a whole new load of old unseen footage and rarities


its only a matter of time for hats off and rogue song then... hopefully!


We live in hope. and the reel from Battle Of century. and Now I'll tell One

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Postby L&H Man on Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:52 pm

It was even harder for Poor Stan..because when Babe Hardy Died.

His doctor told Stan that he couldn't attened the funeral.


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Postby olzielawzy on Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:23 pm

I thought it was his decision not to go to the funeral. he said babe would understand???

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Postby RandyS on Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:21 pm

Thanks to being smitten by Laurel & Hardy when I was four, and being admitted into the Sons when I was 12 (thank you, Lori Jones!), I got to meet and become friends with many of the folks who worked with Laurel and Hardy on a daily basis, because they regularly attended meetings of the "Way Out West" tent. By the time I was 16 or so, I had more friends in their 70s and 80s (and even a couple in their 90s) than I had in their teens. I knew very well that these folks weren't going to live forever, which is why I was so anxious to get their memories preserved on tape. (And with most of them, I was the *only* person at the time doing this.) I remember talking to a friend my age around this time, who thought it was great that I knew so many older people. I told him, "Yes, it's wonderful, but the downside is that in ten years most of my friends will be gone." He hadn't thought of that. I have been to a *lot* of funerals for someone my age (now 50), but I wouldn't trade the experience of knowing those people for anything. I cherish their memory and will spend the rest of my life trying to keep them alive in some way.

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Postby olzielawzy on Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:40 pm

So Will I, its good that we have a few Junior Members on here. I'm sure me and StanandOlliefan will meet up one day or something. I havent met any memebrs yet. Hoping to soon...
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