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Salute to Stan Laurel (1965)

A program featuring original comedy skits written as a tribute to Stan Laurel.


Seymour Berns




Credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Herself
Mary Foran Mary Foran ... Woman in sketch
Fred Gwynne ... Herman Munster
Oliver Hardy ... Himself (archive footage)
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Dad / Cop / Bully
Danny Kaye ... Himself
Buster Keaton ... Himself
Leonid Kinskey ... Movie director in sketch
Harvey Korman ... Cop in Keaton Sketch
Stan Laurel ... Himself (archive footage)
Tina Louise ... Herself
Michael Mason Michael Mason ... Drummer w / Phil Silvers
Audrey Meadows ... Herself
Bob Newhart ... Himself
Louis Nye ... Himself


A program featuring original comedy skits written as a tribute to Stan Laurel.

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23 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The tribute was not well-received by critics, who opined that the program felt less like a celebration of Laurel's career than a promo for the new fall shows; the same critics were, however, in general agreement that Van Dyke's devotion was palpable and heartfelt. Consequently Laurel and Hardy biographers tend to regard it as well-intentioned, but ultimately inconsequential. Wrapping up the season in April 1966, TV Chronicle's Neil Compton would dismiss the special as "not much of a tribute to the late comedian (who appeared briefly in a number of film clips brutally hacked out of their original context), and did not enhance the reputations of participants such as Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, or Phil Silvers." See more »


When Van Dyke gets a waste paper basket stuck on his foot, he kicks it offstage. It apparently collides with someone off-camera, which makes Van Dyke laugh and apologize. Just before this happened, the boom microphone dips down into the frame. See more »


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The Perils of Pearl
Sung by the Salute Singers
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Salute to Stan Laurel is a mixed tribute to me though it's still worth seeing if you love the man
14 August 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After Stan Laurel died on February 23, 1965, a photographer named Gene Lester-who had taken some pics of Laurel in his last days which appear in the end credits of this special-approached CBS with producing a tribute to him. Since Gene wasn't really a producer, the network picked a crew experienced in variety shows to make this program. The beginning production number featuring many Oliver Hardy impersonators dancing on stage is a bit overwhelming but for the first 23 minutes after that, things seem to be fine with host Dick Van Dyke telling of his love for the late comedian he resembles, Lucille Ball and Buster Keaton doing an amusing enough sketch with Harvey Korman as a cop, Van Dyke returning in a hilarious bit about how unsophisticated slapstick is as he keeps falling over (this was originally done on his show a few years before), and Bob Newhart performing a very funny monologue about a patronizing kids show host that shows these classic L & H shorts. There's many amusing clips of those funsters from their silent era throughout the show as they're taken from the latest Robert Youngston compilation, Laurel & Hardy's Laughing '20s. Then things go downhill real fast with lame sketches like Audrey Meadows' portrayal of a damsel in distress with unfunny title cards, a behind-the-scenes making of a silent picture complete with violin playing, and Phil Silvers' comparing his career to that of Laurel's when reenacting his struggles which doesn't compare at all according to what we see here. Oh, and Danny Kaye also appears with Stan's Oscar-which Danny had accepted since Stan was unable to attend the ceremonies that night-with some touching words of his own and film of Stan's funny reaction when he sees it at his home. The closing number which uses some of Marvin Hatley's iconic L & H theme of "The Cookoo Song" may be a little overbearing but was a touching tribute just the same. So on that note, Salute to Stan Laurel is worth a look if you love the man like yours truly.

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