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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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Release Date:

23 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dick Van Dyke (who was also one of the producers) reportedly complained that his vision for the Salute had itself been hacked to pieces by network corporate types. Van Dyke had delivered the eulogy and Stan Laurel's funeral. An appearance by Fred Gwynne in full Herman Munster regalia clearly had more to do with CBS (home of "The Munsters") than with Laurel. A lengthy biography of Phil Silvers in the show's second half also has little to do with Laurel. On the whole, the special is a tribute to both Laurel AND Hardy, who passed away eight years earlier. 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 »


Features Putting Pants on Philip (1927) See more »


Shine on Harvest Moon
Sung by Phil Silvers (dubbed)
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Disappointing Tribute
2 September 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Salute to Stan Laurel (1965)

** (out of 4)

Dick Van Dyke hosts this tribute to Stan Laurel who had died earlier in the year. A great number of legends showed up to pay tribute to the comedy legend including Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, Gregory Peck, Bob Newhart, Cesar Romero, Audrey Meadows, Phil Silvers, Fred Gqynne and Danny Kaye among others.

I'm sure everyone involved with this production had their hearts in the right place but the end result is rather disastrous and at times embarrassing. There are some really bad musical numbers done here, which are meant to be charming and a homage to the old days of cinema but they just come across as stupid and unintelligent. There are some comedy bits that are meant to pay homage to Laurel and Hardy but they're just not funny. Yes, it's cool getting to see Keaton and Ball work together (with BLAZING SADDLE's Harvey Korman) but the skit just wasn't funny.

There are clips from a handful of silent Laurel and Hardy films shown but certainly not enough. With the various talents involved this is still worth watching if you're a fan of Laurel but at the same time you can't help but walk away from it very disappointed.

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