At every meeting we drink a toast to:

Stan Laurel

The creative genius of The Boys, whose loose-limbed grace provides many film highlights.

Oliver Hardy

Rotund Ollie sings with sweetness and delights us all with his pompousness, especially as it always is punctured.

Mae Busch

Mae is a great supporting actress, often a wife, more often their foil. She brings a brashness to the screen that is memorable.

James Finlayson (Fin)

A supporting actor with great body language and facial gymnastics, his squint and, “Doh!” make him cherished by the Sons.

Charlie Hall

Charlie supports the Boys in varied roles, most often calling for a smallish, put-upon, but feisty character.

Al Kilgore

Al Kilgore is the creator of the offical Sons of the Desert logo, and is fondly remembered. The motto means, “Two minds without a single thought.”


Once a classy dame arrived in Holywood-Land

Under the shade of a swayin’ palm tree

And Stan told Babe, once he saw her wit and grace,

“You’ll come awaltzing with Mae Busch and me.”

As a wife, as a vamp, as a muderess, it seemed

Mae could do it all, with simplicity.

Stan, he laughed, and sang out, and Babe, he did agree,

“You’ll come awaltzing with Mae Busch and me.”

Waltzing with Mae Busch, waltzing with Mae Busch,

You’ll come awaltzing with Mae Busch and me.”

And her star, it did shine, and its light will never die,

So you’ll come awaltzing with Mae Busch and me!

by Trudy Wellen