LAST FILM FOOTAGE OF STAN LAUREL DISCOVERED
LOS ANGELES, CA --- An amateur home movie has been discovered recently which apparently contains the last known film images of comedy legend, Stan Laurel, once celebrated as half of the most popular comedy duo in the world; Laurel & Hardy.
The rare and historic eight millimeter film, which captures a playful Laurel displaying his trademark impish smile while scratching his head, is just two minutes in length and was taken at his Santa Monica apartment by James and Irene Heffernan, a Los Angeles couple who was acquainted with the late film comedian in his later years.
According to Laurel’s daughter, Lois Laurel Hawes, the film was made in late December of 1964 just two months before his death. A letter from Laurel to the Heffernans dated January 15, 1965 mentions their yuletide visit when, apparently, the footage was shot
Also featured in the brief home movie segment is Laurel’s honorary “Oscar” award for Lifetime Achievement which was presented to him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 1961.
Apparently lost and forgotten for decades among the numerous entertainment and travel home movies made by the itinerant couple during the 1960’s, this final footage of Laurel was not known to exist until several months ago and has never been viewed publicly.
-- Richard W. Bann --