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The Nutty Nut News Network and The Laurel And Hardy Forum
THE 1986* AND 2006 SONS OF THE DESERT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS ON AUDIO CD
*1986 Convention is a special double disk set including rare never released material.
1986 Convention includes:
Exclusive celebrity interviews including Rosina Lawrence, Felix Knight, Lois Laurel, Dorothy DeBorba, Thomas Benton Roberts, Michael Agee, Virginia Karns and Mae Questel. Bonus material includes a rare interview with Stan Laurel, over six minutes of previously unreleased 1986 Convention audio, a newly produced audio documentary on Mae Questel and a 1985 interview with a Universal Studio silent movie child actor Harold Pavey. Plus much more, full listings are outlined below.
2006 Convention includes:
Interviews with Our Gang and "Babes In Toyland" stars Jean Darling and Payne Johnson. Map Boon of Amsterdam's Perfect Day Tent talks about plans for the 2008 Sons International Convention. Interviews with Jim Wylie of California who talks about recently discovered Laurel and Hardy film locations and John DeSanto on research for his writing of "So What About Fin?". Plus much more, full listings are outlined below.
*ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THESE CD’s WILL GO TOWARDS THE RUNNING COSTS AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE LAUREL AND HARDY FORUM*
Full details of track listings and ordering information are detailed below.
To make things easier for all parts of the world Mike David will be dealing with North American order and Dean McKeown will be dealing with all European and orders from the rest of the world.
CD's are cased in slim-line DVD cases, prices (including postage) are as follow:
GBP £4 each (UK only) or both Conventions for GBP £7.
EUROS 7 each (Europe only) or both Conventions for EUROS 12.
Rest of World (excluding North America) £5 each or both Conventions for £9.
Dean McKeown: paypal is preferred but cheques, postal orders and cash (sent recorded delivery) is also acceptable. Contact me at for further ordering information or with any questions.
North American orders:
The 1986 Convention is cased in a slim-line DVD case and the 2006 Convention is cased in a CD jewel case.
Prices (including postage) are as follows:
$7 each or both Conventions for $12
Mike David: PayPal is preferred but money orders, postal orders and checks are acceptable.
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ordering information or with any questions.
1986 SONS CONVENTION AUDIO
AND RARE BONUS MATERIAL
1986 Valley Forge Sons Convention interviews conducted by: Steve Wichrowski, Jr., Grand Sheik, Air Raid Wardens Tent – Mike David, Vice Sheik, From Soup To Nuts Tent – Guido Cipriani, Grand Sheik, From Soup To Nuts Tent.
This release is dedicated to the memory of Guido Cipriani.
Track 1: Intro; Roger Gordon, Grand Sheik of host Two Tars Tent, welcomes all; Hal Stanton, Grand Sheik of Night Owls Tent, leads the “Sons of the Desert” song; Animation voice artist and actress Mae Questel sings at the opening night banquet; Steve Wichrowski interviews a Norwegian Son.
Track 2: Mike David talks with Hal Roach Studio construction and special effects employee Thomas Benton Roberts in the first of a two part interview. Mr. Roberts discusses props he built and his appearance in “Two Tars”; also, the nails used in “The Finishing Touch” and bees on the set of “Battle of the Century”. (In his later years Mr. Roberts furnished boats and props to several studios including MGM, Fox and Universal.)
Track 3: Felix Knight, who played the role of Tom-Tom in 1934’s “Babes in Toyland”, sings the title song and is joined unexpectedly by another member of that films cast; Interview with Felix Knight; Towed in a Hole Tent interview; Jack McCabe announces his engagement to Rosina Lawrence.
Track 4: Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang actress Rosina Lawrence (our Mary Roberts from “Way Out West”), talks about her career and Stan and Ollie’s preparations for scenes; Comments from the Exhausted Ruler Jack McCabe.
Track 5: Tony and Lois Laurel Hawes discuss L&H on TV, colourization and the police car from “Midnight Patrol”; Brief remarks from Big Business Tent; David Oyston of the UK’s County Hospital Tent and Graham McKenna’s of the Laughing Gravy Tent comments on the convention.
Track 6: Venice Lloyd, wife of L&H cameraman Art Lloyd, reminisces about her brief career, Anita Garvin and Sons’ meetings in California; Guido Cipriani interviews renowned Grand Sheik Bill Cubin about his L&H Museum in Ulverston.
Track 7: Dwain Smith of the Founding Tent in New York introduces the Detroit Dancing Cuckoos during the Parade of Tents; The UK’s beloved Happy Harry Ingle enthuses over seeing “Liberty” on the big screen and singing along with other Sons; Joan Robertson discusses the UK Convention of 1984.
Track 8: Interview with Grand and Vice Sheiks of England’s new Dirty Work Tent; Felix Knight sings the “Sleep” song from “Babes in Toyland”.
Track 9: Dorothy DeBorba, “Echo” in the Our Gang comedies, speaks about Stan and Ollie, other famous celebrities and the Our Gang Reunion of 1985.
Track 10: Humorous interview with Florida Grand Sheik Ron Young during the New York portion of the convention; Master of Ceremonies Dwain Smith interrupted onstage during the Parade of Tents; California Son Bob Satterfield discusses his popular “Pratfall” issue highlighting Laurel and Hardy film sites.
Track 11: Film archivist Michael Agee gives a fascinating and detailed account of his Hal Roach Studio film preservation efforts; L&H author and Grand Sheik Scott MacGillivray onstage with the Boston Brats during the Parade of Tents.
Track 12: Virginia Karns Patterson, Mother Goose in 1934’s “Babes in Toyland”, explains how she was found by California Sons and discusses her work in other films including an audition with Charley Chase; USA Night Owls Tent onstage with Grand Sheik Hal Stanton.
Track 13: Jerry Tucker Schatz. The “…mostly nasty little kid” in the Our Gang comedies, also recalls his work with other celebrities including Cary Grant and Bing Crosby; Felix Knight sings his favourite song “Castles in Spain” from “Babes in Toyland”; interview with Michael Agee who discusses concerns regarding the preservation of Laurel and Hardy films.
Track 1: Lively interview in the Sheraton Valley Forge lobby with Mae Questel, actress and voice of Olive Oyl, Betty Boop and many other animation characters. Miss Questel also discusses her role in “Mr Bug Goes to Town” (1941) and the canine origin of Betty Boop. (Portions of this interview appeared on the audio bonus features of Mackinac Media’s DVD “Popeye: Original Classics From Fleischer Studio”.)
Track 2: Toasts and tributes from host Tent (Two Tars); Interview with Laurel and Hardy newsletter publisher Leo Brooks; Brief excerpt of Half-assed Dignity onstage.
Track 3: Intra Tent Journal editor Rick Greene comments on the Nutty Nut News Network Show; Grand Sheik Steve Wichrowski onstage during the Parade of Tents for the incarcerated Pardon Us Tent members; Bill Cubin in a poolside discussion concerning UK conventions, with a humorous ending.
Track 4: Part 2 of the in-depth interview with Thomas Benton Roberts who describes his technical work and special effects behind the scenes on Our Gang films including roller skates for Sam the “drunken” ostrich in “Barnum and Ringling, Inc.” (1928); Sadly, Mr Roberts passed away nine months after this talk.
Track 5: Roger Gordon, Grand Sheik of host Two Tars Tent, breathes a sigh of relief as the convention comes to a successful climax; Outro.
Track 6: “Mae Questel- Putting the Boop in Betty” (Produced and narrated by Forum moderator Drew Smith): Brief and affectionate profile of one of Hollywood’s greatest voice artists. Miss Questel was a favourite guest at many USA Sons of the Desert meetings in the 1980’s.
Track 7: A 1985 interview with Harold Pavey, a child actor in silent movies at Universal Studios. Mr. Pavey gives insight into the mechanics of filming the silents, his friendships with Bela Lugosi and Rudolph Valentino, and his appraisal of Laurel and Hardy’s comedic style. Originally taped by Mike David for the USA’s From Soup To Nuts Tent and early audiotape versions of The Nutty Nut News Network Show.
Track 8: RARE 1959 Audio Interview with Stan Laurel (Provided by Forum moderator Dean McKeown): He talks about his early stage career in juvenile panto and vaudeville. He talks about his early stage partnerships including The Keystone Trio. Stan tells us how he got into show business and how his comic character developed. He gives great insight into what makes a great comic. Stan then goes on to talk about Laurel and Hardy's short career on radio. He also tells us how The Cuckoo Song came to be Stan and Oliver's theme tune. Stan tells us how he first met Oliver Hardy and first came to work with the man who would later become his life-long friend and partner, how their characters evolved and developed.
Contents 2006 International Convention
All interviews are conducted by our roving reporter Mr. Steve Wichrowski Jr., Grand Sheik of the USA's Air Raid Wardens Tent, additional commentary by The Laurel and Hardy Forums own Mr. Mike David.
• At a banquet in the Marriott Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia, Denise Carter of the Berth Marks Tent and the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia, introduces the Mayor of Harlem followed by Bob Satterfield of the Way Out West Tent who makes a special announcement. Interviews with: the Mayor of Harlem; Rev. Rudolph Dixon. Conventioneers sing ‘We are the Sons of the Desert’. Interview with Sjaak Bolder of Amsterdam's Perfect Day Tent. Jean Darling sings "Mr. Snow" from the Broadway musical "Carousel". Interview with John DeSanto on research for his writing of "So What About Fin?" and how to order the book.
• Map Boon of Amsterdam's Perfect Day Tent talks with Steve Wichrowski about plans for the 2008 Sons International Convention. A humorous interview with Florida Grand Sheik Ron Young who recalls his 1986 interview on the Nutty Nut News Network Show and enthuses about meeting other Sons at the convention. Interview with Del Kempster, Grand Sheik of the UK's Live Ghost Tent and an editor for the Intra Tent Journal; Del comments on the upcoming 2008 convention in Amsterdam and sites to see there. A lively interview with Jean Darling who describes sites to see in Amsterdam and Germany. Steve interviews two Sons from Harlem, Georgia, and a newlywed couple from Bolton, England.
• Delightful interview with Payne Johnson on his 14 years in films, including "So Big!" (1932) with Barbara Stanwyck, a couple of his Our Gang movies and how he secured the role of one of the Three Little Pigs in 1934's "Babes In Toyland". Interview with Kevin Butler, former member of the Founding Tent, on visiting sites in Georgia related to Ollie's life there. Author Savannah Furman discusses her publications written about several of the Sons Conventions and how to order the books. Interview with Jim Wylie of California concerning recently discovered Laurel and Hardy film locations.
• A fascinating interview with Jean Darling who recounts her interesting and amusing experiences during the filming of the 1928 Our Gang film "Barnum and Ringling, Inc." She also describes antics on the set of "Babes In Toyland" (1934) including an amicable disagreement between Stan and Babe concerning her dress. Jean reveals the cast member on whom she had a crush and fondly remembers actress Marie Wilson. Interview with Roger Gordon, Grand Sheik of the USA's Two Tars Tent and an editor for the Intra Tent Journal. Here Roger discusses improvements in the Journal and his reaction to the convention. Passing of the Pineapple Banquet: The Berth Marks Tent honours the venerable tradition by passing the Pineapple to Anton Hyups and Map Boon of the host tent for the 2008 International Sons of the Desert Convention.
Credit for the production of these CD’s goes to Mike David, Drew Smith and Dean McKeown from The Nutty Nut News Network and moderators of The Laurel and Hardy Forum. A special thanks also goes to Steve Wichrowski Jr., Grand Sheik of the USA's Air Raid Wardens Tent. All Convention audios and the Harold Pavey interview remain the exclusive copyright of THE NUTTY NUT NEWS NETWORK. The documentary Mae Questel - Putting the Boop in Betty is the copyright of Drew Smith. Any other material is public domain. These audio CD’s should work on most CD players, DVD players and all PC’s.
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