The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239

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Last Meeting - October 11, 2014

The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 held their most recent meeting on Saturday evening, October 11, 2014. Bob Duncan started off the get-together by leading everyone in the singing of the Sons Of The Desert song and the traditional toasts to those fantastic, funny favorites from the Hal Roach Studios. After some announcements about upcoming events, Bob introduced our first two films for the night: “The Autograph Hunter”, a Krazy Kat cartoon featuring the caricatures of many Hollywood celebrities including Laurel & Hardy followed by “The Silent Partner”, an episode from the Hal Roach Studios series, Screen Directors Playhouse. This particular show starred Buster Keaton, ZaSu Pitts and Joe E. Brown along with many former silent film performers making cameo appearances in this program. After a brief intermission, we resumed the fun with Stan and Ollie in “Berth Marks” and “Hog Wild” as they provided a steady stream of laughter in these classic short comedies. During the next break, our raffle delivered some very nice prizes to six happy members.  The evening concluded with the boys starring in “A Chump At Oxford” from 1940. Many thanks to Bob Duncan for bringing several photographs and memorabilia items from his personal collection to “show and tell” with all in attendance. A special thank you to Stan Taffel for flawlessly projecting the films for us. Finally, to our faithful “Night Owls” who stayed after the meeting to help us pack up and clean up until we meet once again, our sincere gratitude goes out to all of you. 

October 11, 2014 Film Program
Thank you to Stan Taffel for this artwork

 Next Meeting - December 13, 2014
The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will be closing out this year with the final meeting taking place on Saturday evening, December 13, 2014. This gathering will highlight our 12th annual "Silent Night" of classic silent comedies that will feature Joe Rinaudo (assisted by Gary Gibson) and his vintage hand cranked projector with "Live" piano accompaniment. Some of you may already know that Dean Mora, who has entertained us for many years with his musical magic at the keyboard, moved to Sacramento recently. We want to thank Dean very much and express our appreciation to him for the memorable moments that he has shared with us at our "Silent Night" programs. This year, we are very happy to introduce Cliff Retallick to the Early To Bed Tent. Cliff has been accompanying silent films at events which include the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, The Egyptian and Aero Theatres with the American Cinematheque, Hollywood Heritage events, the Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA and many other venues. Our good friend Bob Duncan will be bringing some very rare collectibles to "show and tell" such as personal letters from Stan Laurel and Charley Chase plus Richard Currier's (Hal Roach Studios film editor) cutting and continuity script for "Hats Off", Laurel & Hardy's 1927 lost film. Also at this get-together, we are asking you to help us with our annual canned good collection for La Casa de San Gabriel to support families and individuals in need. During this evening, you'll have a chance to socialize with fellow ETB Tent members and guests as we enjoy some delicious cake to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Our traditional raffle will be a part of the night's activities plus the ETB Tent refreshment bar will be ready for you with hot dogs, beverages and more. Our annual finale promises to be another great evening to get into the spirit of the holiday season. The meeting will take place at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Temple City, California with the doors opening up at 6:00PM. The festivities will begin at 6:45PM. We really hope that you will be able to join Joe, Gary, Cliff and the rest of us for our last event of the year. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Film Program

The Grocery Clerk  (1919)

Crazy Like A Fox (1926)

The Rink (1916)

The Battle Of The Century  (1927)*

*(Pie fight sequence only)

That's My Wife (1929)

 Double Whoopee   (1929)

Stan and Ollie in The Battle Of The Century (1927)