Laurel and Hardy
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Christmas cards

 Our Laurel and Hardy Christmas cards are selling well.

Don't miss out! Order NOW, before they are all gone.


New book

Danny Lawrence's latest book has arrived and it is a scorcher! It fills an area which has up till now been only sparsely covered and it is an absolute delight.

Laurel & Hardy Sondayz 2018

We are delighted to let you know that the Laurel & Hardy Sondayz 2018 is still in full progress. We will get the final call of the Edeweis Buben, an Alpen/tiroler orchestra of 16 musicians who have said they would love to light up the party on the Sunday of the Sondayz while we have the BBQ and party evening. Fingers crossed, instead of eyes that they  are willing to perform for a bunch of Sons!

In the meantime, there are about 33 tickets left. If you have decided to come over to the Netherlands to party with us but haven't registered yet, please do this in time as from December hotels will be tough to book. It would be ideal to have everyone in the same hotel but as there is a huge horse riding event in town that same weekend the hotels will be fully booked by horseback riders and staff. So, If you like to come over and party with us on this event in the spirit of Laurel & Hardy, make sure you'll book in time. You only have to sign up and we make sure we book the hotel for you (rooms are 2 persons ¤ 53 / single ¤57). The sondayz tickets are for sale at ¤130 for the weekend.

For up to date  info check our facebook page or our Jitterbugs website: (Sondayz page is also in English).


Italy revels

The photo is of Tent 306 Blotto's annual gathering at the Torrazzo Golf Country Club in Cremona.

During the meeting before lunch we did a Golf contest in honor of the Oliver Hardy (1957/2017).

The rally was on Sunday 1st October and was held in the style of the decorum, the seriousness and the order of all the brothers and sisters present.

 Giancarlo Manfredini

Silent Laughter

I hope you'll forgive this shameless plug for a forthcoming event with which I'm involved. It's called THE 2ND SILENT LAUGHTER SATURDAY.

It's a special all-day event devoted to silent comedy at the Cinema Museum in Kennington, which of course has become the regular venue for both the Live Ghost Tent and the Buster Keaton society, The Blinking Buzzards. The address is 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, London SE11 4TH.

The event is on Saturday 11th November and is one of the events organised by Kennington Bioscope, a group that presents silent films with live accompaniment. Full details, including admission, are available at

 This is the programme for the day (subject to tweaks!):

 09:45 FEATURE: FLYING LUCK (1927) starring Monty Banks
10:59 TWO MINUTES SILENCE, with unaccompanied extract from 1924 feature REVEILLE
12:30 LUNCH
1:30 SHORTS PROGRAMME on the theme of HAPLESS HUSBANDS, including rare Max Linder film MAX WANTS A DIVORCE, ROBINET IS JEALOUS (Marcel Perez), INNOCENT HUSBANDS (Charley Chase) and others
2:50 BREAK
4:25 BREAK
4:45 BUSTER KEATON CENTENARY: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Buster Keaton's film debut
5:50 BREAK
6:10-7.00 SHE COULD BE CHAPLIN! THE COMEDIC BRILLIANCE OF ALICE HOWELL presented by author and film historian Anthony Slide. Includes two complete Alice Howell comedies, CINDERELLA CINDERS and ONE WET NIGHT. Anthony Slide's recent biography of Alice Howell will be available for purchase/signing at the event.
8:15 PREMIERE of the restored 1917 Alice Howell comedy NEPTUNE'S NAUGHTY DAUGHTER
8:45 FEATURE: Harold Lloyd's 1927 classic THE KID BROTHER, introduced by Kevin Brownlow. We will be screening Kevin's personal 16mm print, taken from camera negative
10:15 END 

Glenn Mitchell

  Venue is the Cinema Museum, the workhouse in Lambeth where Hannah and Charlie Chaplin were placed at one time.

Convention update

 "There's going to be a fight" Surely not at the 2018 L&H UK Convention? Well, I'll 'Come Clean' and let you all know, there will not be a fight, but there will be a battle.

We will be showing BATTLE OF THE CENTURY 16mm film, which includes that second reel that was discovered not so long ago. Thanks go to David Wyatt for making this available for the Convention. The screening will be on the Friday evening - so do your very best not to be late arriving at the hotel, otherwise you will miss a treat. This has not been released on DVD &endash; and there is no news of an imminent release.

Roger Robinson


Reporter seeks help

Janice Hawton has been contacted by Bill Gibb of the Sunday Post. He is looking to do an article to tie in with the Steve Coogan film. The proposed date of the article is 29 October.

Janice says, "He has spoken to Mark at the museum and John Connolly. He is aware Stan would reply to folk who wrote to him, and is especially interested in Scots who were recipients of letters from Stan. He thought this angle might be different from the usual things about the Boys - and is open to other suggestions."

If anyone can help, contact Bill on His mobile is 07711375343.

  Bill has been invited to the Laurel and Hardy Movie Marathon at the Panopticon in Glasgow on 4th November.


MAC success

The Laurel & Hardy film show (14th October) at the MAC went really well. All tickets were sold a few days before the event.

We were just about to start when I spotted Henning Wehn sitting outside. He told me that he had come to see our show but it had sold out. Which is funny as I wanted to see his show but that had sold out! Anyway I managed to get him in and he even offered me tickets for his show that evening.

He is a really nice guy, and it made my day to meet him.

John Ullah on Facebook

Be Big Tent

At our October meeting 14 people watched the silent film 'Forty-Five Minutes From Hollywood', the feature film 'Pack Up Your Troubles' and the Ronnie Barker & Roy Castle 30 minute TV pilot 'Another Fine Mess' from Barker's series 'Seven of One'. It was great to see Austin Stigwood back with us after a bout of ill health. Our next meeting will be on Monday 20 November 2017 at Ashton under Lyne Cricket Club. Film show begins at 8.00pm. All welcome.

Dean Carroll on Facebook

Cuckoos at the Panopticon

The Call of the Cuckoos Tent will be hosting a 10-hour Laurel and Hardy Movie Marathon at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow on 4th November.


The tent had another very successful show at the Panopticon on 11th October, with a full house of members and visitors.

The Panopticon regularly also presents a wide selection of vintage movies other than Laurel and Hardy, details of which are on the website