MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 711 this week

Their Purple Moment (1928)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  19 May 1928 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 381 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 2 critic

Stan and Ollie hold out money from their paychecks from their shrewish wives so they can enjoy a night out on the town... with predictable results.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writer:

(titles)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 228 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 106 titles
created 02 Aug 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 14 Nov 2011
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Their Purple Moment (1928)

Their Purple Moment (1928) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Their Purple Moment.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night Owls (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Scram! (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »

Directors: Ray McCarey, Lloyd French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Cramer
The Music Box (1932)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dinah
Certificate: Passed Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie's father and turn the child over ... See full summary »

Directors: George Marshall, Ray McCarey, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Don Dillaway
Hog Wild (1930)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ollie can't find his hat, much to the amusement of his wife and maid. Then Ollie and Stan attempt to install a rooftop radio antenna.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Yola d'Avril
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »

Director: Charley Rogers
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Be Big! (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Horne, James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Chet Brandenburg
Below Zero (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mishaps befall a new home owner (Davidson) located next door to an insane asylum.

Director: Clyde Bruckman
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Max Davidson
Habeas Corpus (1928)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Loony scientist (Carle) hires Laurel and Hardy to raid the cemetery to keep him supplied with dead bodies for his experiments.

Directors: James Parrott, Leo McCarey
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Carle
Block-Heads (1938)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to... See full summary »

Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis
The Hoose-Gow (1929)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Chet Brandenburg
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Mr. Pincher
...
Anita Garvin ...
Oliver's girlfriend
Kay Deslys ...
Mr. Pincher's girlfriend
Fay Holderness ...
Mrs. Pincher
Tiny Sandford ...
Waiter (as S.J. Sandford)
Lyle Tayo ...
Mrs. Hardy
Leo Willis ...
Cab driver
Edit

Storyline

Stanley and Oliver sneak out for a night on the town, unaware that Mrs. Laurel has substituted her grocery coupons for Stanley's secret stash of mad money. Of course, this results in dire consequences when the boys run up a huge tab treating a couple of girls to dinner at a snazzy nightclub. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

money | wallet | gossip | supper club | steak | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harhateillä  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A rare instance of Stan not using his real name for his character although Ollie does. See more »

Quotes

Title card: [Opening lines] Dedicated to husbands who "hold out" part of their pay envelope on their wives - And live to tell about it...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Instrumental version in restoration background music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great build-up . . . to a big let-down
17 March 2002 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

For about three-fourths of the way, Their Purple Moment is a sharp, funny Laurel & Hardy comedy, albeit one with a distinctly sour take on married life. This is the first of the L&H domestic comedies, and sets the tone for much of what would follow: Stan and Ollie are each at the mercy of their domineering wives, a pair of hard-bitten shrews who treat them like children, promptly appropriate their paychecks, and deny them any pleasures. (Later on the wives would usually be more nuanced, sometimes even sympathetic, but in this early film they're quite mean.) In what would become a standard plot for the team, this film tells the sad story of what happens when the boys attempt to fool their spouses. Of course, the only question is just how disastrously the situation is going to backfire.

Here, Stan and Ollie tell the wives they're going bowling, then defiantly set out on a spree, under the delusion they've got lots of cash on hand. So when they encounter two attractive young ladies in distress, stuck with a bill they can't pay, naturally, they step in and gallantly offer to treat them to dinner. And it's all downhill from there!

The situation the boys blunder into is a well-constructed comic nightmare that steadily builds in intensity, and the sequence is genuinely suspenseful -- right up to the food-fight finale, which is such a fizzle it practically ruins the whole show. This is surprising, considering that, according to the various books on the team, a much more offbeat and imaginative ending was planned and filmed, but then jettisoned. The original finale utilized the midget troupe of entertainers who perform a floor show in the restaurant. In the earlier version, when the boys discover they have no money to pay their bill, they were to escape by disguising themselves as midgets -- midget women, at that -- and slip away with the troupe. The idea flirts with tastelessness, but it sure seems funnier and more memorable than the finale as it stands now.

Oh well. There are good reasons to watch and enjoy Their Purple Moment nonetheless, among them the famous gag of the uncle's portrait with the hidden pocket, the spirited performance of Patsy O'Byrne as the town gossip, and the always welcome presence of Anita Garvin, here playing a good-time gal who packs a knife. There's also a priceless close-up of Stan, when it dawns on him that he has no money to cover the ever-growing tab: in an extended shot he displays a remarkable range of expressions, from horror to befuddlement, to hope and despair and back again. He was the greatest!


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Their Purple Moment (1928) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?