EPISODE 419     A VISIT WITH LAUREL AND HARDY at the Skeoch farm house   August 29,2021

alan skeoch
august  29 , 2021

NOTE:  BY pure good fortune and being at the right place at
the right time, Marjorie received Laurel and Hardy the other day.
They now have a new home.  Who are Laurel and Hardy?
see postscript.


“Olie, what are we doing way up here?”
“Looking for s safe place; Stan…like you said.”
‘What did I say””
“You said this is s madhouse and we had to find a safe place.”

“You think this is safe, Stan…what if we fall?”
“Don’t think about that…just look around…this is our best place…out of harm’s way.”
“What is there to harm us?”
“Oliver….just take a look behind your back.”
“Do you mean the big bird.”
“That bird has a stiletto beak designed to kill little things like us.”

“And look beside us.”
“That’s a porcupine crawling over…quills like needles.”
“Stan the porcupine can climb….”
“Yes, but he is too fat to get by the ceiling lights.

“Ollie…see that tiger down there?
“Makes me shake”
“He would finish us off in one gulp.”

“Couldn’t we jump down on that horse and get the hell out of here?”
“Don’t be so stupid Oliver…that is a merry go round horse…it just runs in circles.”

“The fox is no help…it looks as sacred as we do.”

“Oliver…there is a penguin down there…big one.”
“No help, Stan.”
“Penguins can only waddle…never get away with him…or is it her.”

“That big rooster Stan…he could help.”
“Roosters have only one thing on their minds, Ollie?
“What’s that , Stan?”
“Their hens…as many as they can get.”

“Stan, our only hope is Marjorie…she may want to dust us.”
“And give us our freedom?”

“True… but she will just put us back ump here…where we are safe.”

“Marjorie…must we stay up on that besm?”
“Afraid so…safest place in the house for you boys.”
“But we are famous”
“Fame fades withe the summer sun….very few people
even remember how funny you boys were in the 1920’s 
and 1930’s.”
“Wrong, Marjorie…everyone remembers us.”
“Bet $5 I am right and you are wrong.”

“Well, Ollie, back up on the beam …”
“Reckon you are right.”


Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema, consisting of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and American Oliver Hardy (1892–1957). From the late 1920s to the mid-1940s, they were internationally famous for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy, childlike friend to Hardy’s pompous bully.[1][2] Their signature theme song, known as “The Cuckoo Song”, “Ku-Ku”, or “The Dance of the Cuckoos” (by Hollywood composer T. Marvin Hatley) was heard over their films’ opening credits, and became as emblematic of them as their bowler hats.
Prior to emerging as a team, both had well-established film careers. Laurel had acted in over 50 films, and worked as a writer and director, while Hardy was in more than 250 productions. Both had also appeared in The Lucky Dog (1921), but were not teamed at the time. They first appeared together in a short film in 1926, when they signed separate contracts with the Hal Roach film studio.[3] They officially became a team in 1927 when they appeared in the silent short Putting Pants on Philip. They remained with Roach until 1940, and then appeared in eight B movie comedies for 20th Century Foxand Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1941 to 1945.[4] After finishing their film commitments at the end of 1944, they concentrated on performing stage shows, and embarked on a music hall tour of England, Ireland and Scotland.[4] They made their last film in 1950, a French-Italian co-production called Atoll K.
They appeared as a team in 107 films, starring in 32 short silent films, 40 short sound films, and 23 full-length feature films. They also made 12 guest or cameo appearances, including in the Galaxy of Stars promotional film of 1936.[5] On December 1, 1954, they made their sole American television appearance, when they were surprised and interviewed by Ralph Edwards on his live NBC-TV program This Is Your Life. Since the 1930s, their works have been released in numerous theatrical reissues, television revivals, 8-mm and 16-mm home movies, feature-film compilations, and home videos. In 2005, they were voted the seventh-greatest comedy act of all time by a UK poll of professional comedians.[6] The official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society is The Sons of the Desert, after a fictitious fraternal society in the film of the same name.

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