We at the Wax Apple wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. We thank you for your support of the website and hope you will be equally generous with the printed version of “The Premiere Research Journal Devoted to Laurel and Hardy and the Hal Roach All-Stars” coming your way in 2007. Your support will mean the success or failure of this endeavor.
To help spread the Christmas cheer this season, we offer up some rare photos and curios pertaining to the Christmas holiday from the ones we love best: the stars of the Hal Roach Studios. (more…)
There’s no question that producer Hal Roach knew how to make a buck. The comedians of his studios were extremely popular with the public and Roach knew that there was a great deal of advertising value in them. Of course, taking advantage of his performers’ popularity doesn’t begin to approach the use and over-use of celebrities of the current age when it comes to advertising and merchandising…but you knew that.
What you may not know is that Hal Roach would periodically take photos of his stars endorsing products of the day and then submit them to their various companies to see if there was any advertising value in them. (more…)