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Posted: Sun 03 Oct, 2010 7:47 pm
by jim
Thanks for the U-Tube link Dogduke. As you say, still as funny.Doubtless some will find further entertainment in my description of the act which I managed to relay accurately....................except for getting the roles played by the protagonists aft about face.............!

Posted: Tue 05 Oct, 2010 12:49 am
by dogduke
Just spotted on the news Norman Wisdom has passed on(was going to say snuffed it but thought better of it !)aged 95.He must have played Leeds a few times.

Posted: Tue 05 Oct, 2010 2:33 pm
by edgey2001
Going back to the Laurel and Hardy story appearing in Leeds, they did a nationwide tour in the early 50's and appeared at the Majestic Cinema, they stood on the Balcony above the main entrance to a packed City square, I've got details of this in a book somewhere but cant remember which one.

Posted: Tue 05 Oct, 2010 6:40 pm
by Johnny39
edgey2001 wrote: Going back to the Laurel and Hardy story appearing in Leeds, they did a nationwide tour in the early 50's and appeared at the Majestic Cinema, they stood on the Balcony above the main entrance to a packed City square, I've got details of this in a book somewhere but cant remember which one. According to the little bit of research I've done, Laurel & Hardy appeared on three separate occasions in Leeds, the first time in 1932 when they appeared at the Majestic in City Square. They appeared twice at the Leeds Empire, once in 1952 (when it was I saw them) and in 1954. They stayed at the Queens Hotel on all three occasions.

Posted: Thu 07 Oct, 2010 12:05 am
by Steve Jones
Jimmy James (famous for his cardboard box sketch) and Roy Castle appear on the same bill at The Empire on October 7th 1957.Roy Castle played jimmy James stooge in this comedy classic as well as having his own act.

Posted: Thu 07 Oct, 2010 12:12 am
by kango
Steve Jones wrote: Jimmy James (famous for his cardboard box sketch) and Roy Castle appear on the same bill at The Empire on October 7th 1957.Roy Castle played jimmy James stooge in this comedy classic as well as having his own act. Wasn't it His Nephew Eli woods who played that part?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_WoodsEdit to post This link suggests Hutton Conyers played the part Roy Castle did at a later date Eli Woods was His second Stooge.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_James_(comedian)    

Posted: Thu 07 Oct, 2010 12:52 am
by Steve Jones
yes,James used 2 stooges in the sketch,his nephew Eli Woods(Our Eli) being one of them.

Posted: Thu 07 Oct, 2010 2:46 am
by dogduke
The Queens was the only place in Leeds in that era for anyone ofany sort of fame to stay.My late Dad had kept an autograph book and collected lots of famous signitures.People like hotel staff who deal with the 'real person'know more thanfans or members of the public ever will.e.g. Norman Wisdom NEVER tipped.

Posted: Thu 07 Oct, 2010 9:11 am
by Trojan
kango wrote: Steve Jones wrote: Jimmy James (famous for his cardboard box sketch) and Roy Castle appear on the same bill at The Empire on October 7th 1957.Roy Castle played jimmy James stooge in this comedy classic as well as having his own act. Wasn't it His Nephew Eli woods who played that part?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_WoodsEdit to post This link suggests Hutton Conyers played the part Roy Castle did at a later date Eli Woods was His second Stooge.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_James_(comedian)     The "box" sketch. Jimmy James was years ahead of his time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANIA4IP245c

Posted: Mon 08 Nov, 2010 1:02 am
by Crazy Jane
Lee Evans, before he was famous supported Simon Drake when i saw him at the City Varieties cira 1993.There may be a reason that wasn;t too surprising