Throughout my time collecting Laurel and Hardy memorabilia , I also started collecting signed cheques signed by famous people . The cheques below all have a Laurel and Hardy connection .

Groucho Marx Signed Cheque

Groucho Marx photoAbove , Groucho Marx Signed Cheque

The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking, wisecraker with the painted on mustache and stooped walk was the leader of the Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were many times full of sexual innuendo, Groucho never used profanity in any of his performances, and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love of music and singing, (the Marx Brothers started as a singing group), one of the things Groucho was best known for was his rendition of the song "Lydia the Tattooed Lady".

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , Also part of a comedy act and the film Duck Soup

Zeppo Marx Signed Cheque

Zeppo Marx photo  Above , Zeppo Marx Signed Cheque from 1973

The youngest of the Marx Brothers, Zeppo was put into the role of the straight man after his brother Gummo left the act. Zeppo also acted as an understudy to all three of his brothers, and he has been said to have played Grouchos part better than Groucho himself! After playing small parts in the first five Marx Brothers movies, Zeppo felt his talent wasn't being used to its full extent and left the act to join Gummo as an agent.

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , Also part of a comedy act and the film Duck Soup

Marilyn Monroe Signed Cheque

Marilyn Monroe photoAbove Marilyn  Monroe Signed Cheque

Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO who, widowed and insane, abandoned her to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. At sixteen she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man she called Daddy; he went into the military, she modeled, they divorced in 1946.. Work on her last picture The Misfits (1961), written for her by departing husband Miller) was interrupted by exhaustion. She was dropped from "Something's Got to Give" due to chronic lateness and drug dependency. Four months later she was found dead in her Brentwood home of a drug overdose, adjudged suicide.

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , ...appeared on the Abkhazia 1995 -"Anyone For Dinner" set of stamps

Chill Wills Signed Cheque

Chill Wills photoAbove , Chill Wills Signed Cheque from 1974

Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birthdate being the hottest day of 1903. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. He formed a musical group, Chill Wills and his Avalon Boys. During an appearance at the Trocadero in Hollywood, they were spotted by an RKO executive, subsequently appearing as a group in several low-budget Westerns. After a prominent appearance with the Avalon Boys as both himself and the bass-singing voice of Stan Laurel in Way Out West (1937), Wills disbanded the group and began a solo career as a usually jovial (but occasionally sinister) character actor, primarily in Westerns.

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , ...appeared in Way Out West

Robert Mitchum Signed Cheque

Robert Mitchum photo Above , Robert Mitchum Signed Cheque from 1962

Underrated American leading man of enormous ability who sublimates his talents beneath an air of disinterest .An early contempt for authority led to discipline problems, and Mitchum spent good portions of his teen years adventuring on the open road. On one of these trips, at the age of 14, he was charged with vagrancy and sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, from which he escaped. His apparently lazy style and seen-it-all demeanor proved highly attractive to men and women, and by the 1950s he was a true superstar. This despite a brief prison term for marijuana usage in 1949, which seemed to enhance rather than diminish his "bad boy" appeal.

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , ...appeared in The Dancing Masters

Clark Gable Signed Cheque

Clark Gable photo  Above , Clark Gable Signed Cheque from 1950

His mother died when he was seven months old. At sixteen he quit high school, went to work in an Akron tire factory, and decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the Army Air Corps, out of movies for three years. When he returned the studio regarded his salary as excessive and did not renew his contract. He free-lanced, but his films didn't do well at the boxoffice.

Connection to Laurel and Hardy , ...appeared on the Abkhazia 1995 -"Anyone For Dinner" set of stamps

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