One week from today Sons will have the opportunity to venture out on the first-ever Habeas Corpus Tour. Our first stop will be the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Next delegates will meet with Kari Bible, cemetery tour guide and historian of the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park (formerly Hollywood Memorial Park) for a two hour walking tour of this unique cemetery. Learn more about Kari http://cemeterytour.com/ (Due to the size of our group, there will be an equally informative guide helping out too.)
Lunch will be on your own at the world famous Farmers’ Market in Hollywood. Then we will see the final resting place of the ever-popular Mae Busch before going on to Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City and if time allows Hillside Memorial Park where Trudy Marshall is buried.
Although our main focus on the tour are the Laurel and Hardy, Hal Roach co-stars, many more people of note will be pointed out. We may not get to all of the co-stars I had hoped, but I will try my best to give you the best tour possible.
Some tips on the tour:
First and foremost, be in the lobby of the Loews Hollywood Hotel at 8:45 as we will be leaving at 9:00 A. M. This trip, like all of the morning tours, must leave on time!
All of our stops are working cemeteries-we need to be respectful of the grounds and possible mourners. If a service is taking place we may not to be able to get to the graves we had hoped to visit.
The grounds and pathways may be uneven, watch your footing and holes in the grass.
Sun screen, hats, umbrellas would be a good idea. Thanks to David Webb of the Saps at Sea Tent, water will be provided.
Be sure to bring your camera! (No need for your autograph book on this one.)
And most of all, enjoy the tour!
My sights are high, below is what I hope to show you this day-no guarantee, but I will try!
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California
- Louise Emmons (1852-1935) character actress – Our Gang’s Mush and Milk
- Walter Long (1879-1952) heavy – Pardon Us, Any Old Port, Going Bye Bye and Pick a Star
- Otto Fries (1887-1938) character actor – Leave ‘Em Laughing, From Soup to Nuts, Pardon Us and On the Loose
- Harry Bernard (1878-1940) character actor – Saps at Sea, Bacon Grabbers, Any Old Port and Perfect Day
- Clifton Young (1917-1951) Our Gang actor “Bonedust” – Thundering Fleas
- Bobby Dunn (1890-1937) character actor – Me and My Pal, Tit for Tat and The Bohemian Girl
- Charles Middleton (1874-1949) character actor – The Flying Deuces, Pack Up Your Troubles and The Fixer Uppers
- Alfalfa Switzer (1927-1959) Our Gang actor
- Harold Switzer (1925-1967) Our Gang actor
- Darla Hood (1931-1979) Our Gang leading lady – The Bohemian Girl
- Gertrude Astor (1887-1977) actress – Mrs. Hardy in Come Clean
- Eddie Dunn (1896-1951) character actor – Me and My Pal, Another Fine Mess
- Harry Lachman (1886-1975) director – Our Relations
- Tom Kennedy (1884-1965) character actor – Liberty, Pack Up Your Troubles
- Edith Fellows (1923-2011) child actress – Our Gang, The Devil’s Brother
Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr.,
Los Angeles, California 90068 Phone: 800-204-3131
- Alfred Goulding (1887-1972) director – A Chump At Oxford
- Jean Parker (1917-2005) leading lady – The Flying Deuces and Zenobia
- June Lang (1917-2005) leading lady – Bonnie Scotland and Zenobia
- Reginald Gardiner (1903-1980) leading man – The Flying Deuces
- Iris Adrian (1912-1994) character actress – Our Relations
- Ben Shipman (1892-1975) attorney – This Is Your Life
- T. Marvin Hatley (1905-1986) musician/composer – Oscar nominee for Way Out West and Block-Heads
- Daphne Pollard (1893-1978) character actress – Our Relations and Thicker Than Water
The Chapel of the Pines, 1605 S. Catalina, Los Angeles, California 90006Phone: 323-731-5734
- Mae Busch (1891-1946) actress – Sons of the Desert, Their First Mistake and The Fixer Uppers
- Edgar Dearing (1893-1965) character actor – The Second Hundred Years and Two Tars
Note: James Finlayson (1887-1953) was cremated here. The following actors also were cremated here; their ashes currently are in vaultage: Gilbert “Bronco Billy” Anderson (produced Stan Laurel comedies); Margaret Dumont (1889-1965) The Dancing Masters; Wilfred Lucas (1871-1940) Pardon Us and The Devil’s Brother; Vivien Oakland (1895-1958) Scram; Philip Van Zandt (1904-1958) Air Raid Wardens and The Big Noise; Stanley “Tiny” Sandford (1894-1961) From Soup to Nuts and Double Whoopee. In addition, the ashes of Bess Flowers (1898-1984), Mrs. Laurel in We Faw Down, were scattered in the rose garden.
Holy Cross Cemetery,5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, California 90230 Phone: 310-836-5500
- Della Lind (Grete Natzler-1906-1999) actress/singer – Swiss Miss
- Edgar Kennedy (1890-1948) character actor – Leave ‘Em Laughing and Bacon Grabbers
- Art Lloyd (1897-1954) Hal Roach Studios cinematographer
- Edna Marian (1906-1957) actress – From Soup to Nuts
- George Marshall (1891-1975) director – Pack Up Your Troubles and Their First Mistake
- Ray Bolger (1904-1987) actor and scarecrow – Victory War Bond Tour
- Stephen “Horace” McNally (1911-1994) actor – Air Raid Wardens
- Jimmy Durante (1893-1980) comedian – Hollywood Party
- Bing Crosby (1903-1977) singer/actor – Riding High
- Jack Haley (1898-1979) actor and tin man – Pick A Star
- Zasu Pitts (1900-1963) actress – On the Loose
- Charles Gemora (1903-1961) – The Chimp and Swiss Miss
- Henry Armetta (1888-1945) character actor – The Devil’s Brother
- Leo McCarey (1898-1969) Oscar-winning director – Sugar Daddies, We Faw Down, Big Business and Liberty
Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City, California 90045 Phone: 310-641-0707
- Trudy Marshall (1920-2004) actress – The Dancing Masters
- Jack Benny (1894-1974) comedian – Hollywood Revue of 1929
Thank you to the following dedicated Sons who donated to the cost of the flowers we will be placing that day:
Tom & Bernice MacKenzie
Dave Saaf & Gary Rindfleich
Nancy and Rick Killmer
Eileen Levy and Flip Lauer
Bill and Mike Wills
Jim and Fran Zientara
Lee and Dee McBeath
Mary May Vereen
George and Taylor Mazzey
There is still limited space on this tour for interested parties.