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Welcome to the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239 where people of all ages join us six times a year to honor the lives and enjoy the classic humor of the greatest comedy team in the world - Laurel & Hardy. 

The main focus of our tent is on the films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.  We screen all of their movies that are available to us in the 16mm film format.  In addition to the films that Laurel & Hardy made as a team, we view some of their early solo work as well.  As an added bonus, we also see films featuring the many supporting players that worked with Laurel & Hardy and were mainstays at the Hal Roach Studios.  These performers include Charley Chase, James Finlayson, Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts, Our Gang, Max Davidson and more.  Robert Youngson, a filmmaker who specialized in projects honoring the classic silent comedies, made several films that featured hilarious Laurel & Hardy scenes.  Periodically, these features are screened at our meetings.  Once a year, our tent hosts a "Silent Night" of comedy films with "LIVE" piano accompaniment.  Finally, during the 1930’s, when Stan & Ollie were at their best, their characters were portrayed in animation by studios such as Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal and others.  These too, make up part of our film programs throughout the year.

Our tent honors the birthdays of Stan Laurel (June 16th) and Oliver Hardy (January 18th) with celebrations, a film program and birthday cakes.  All of our meetings include a raffle. 

If there is a favorite Laurel & Hardy film that you wish to see, let us know.  We would like to hear from you.  If we have it, we’ll show it.  If you don’t know the title but remember the story, tell us.  We’ll figure out which one you mean.

Many books have been written about Laurel & Hardy.  At times, some of these authors attend our meetings to share their knowledge of this great comedy duo.

Here's hoping that you will take advantage of the opportunity to meet some new people and make some friends that share your common interest and affection for the films of Laurel & Hardy.

Last but certainly not least, the goal of the Early To Bed Tent is to give you a place to go and just have some fun on a Saturday evening.  Hope to see you at a future meeting.

 

 

 

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Many of you remember Thelma Todd from her wonderful comedy films in the 1930's with Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly along with Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase and the Marx Brothers. During this era, she opened her Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe in Pacific Palisades, California. Her untimely death nearly 80 years ago in December of 1935 has been the subject of many books and numerous discussions. Today, there are reports that the new owner of this historical building is planning to demolish it in January 2016, favoring high rise condos and /or offices. In an effort to help this building be preserved and designated as a State Historical Landmark, please click on the "THELMA TODD'S SIDEWALK CAFE - NOTICElink below.
 

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