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Their Purple Moment (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 19 May 1928 (USA)
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.

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Mr. Pincher
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Anita Garvin ...
Oliver's girlfriend
Kay Deslys ...
Mr. Pincher's girlfriend
Fay Holderness ...
Mrs. Pincher
Tiny Sandford ...
Waiter (as S.J. Sandford)
Lyle Tayo ...
Leo Willis ...
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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>

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

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Title card: [Opening lines] Dedicated to husbands who "hold out" part of their pay envelope on their wives - And live to tell about it...
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Baby Face
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Not bad vehicle for L&H
18 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

THEIR PURPLE MOMENT

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Silent

(Black and white - Short film)

Two luckless nightclub revellers (Laurel and Hardy) are unable to pay their bill, provoking violent retribution from a hot-tempered waiter (Tiny Sandford).

Typical L&H scenario, less substantial than some of their best work from this period, but worth a look nonetheless. Stan takes center-stage this time round, caught up in a financial dilemma after holding back part of his wages to fund a night on the town, only to find out - too late! - that his aggrieved wife (Fay Holderness) has replaced his stash with worthless coupons. Some of the prolonged closeups of Laurel as he slowly becomes aware of the unfolding disaster reveal his genius for characterization and mime. 1920's morality is represented by Patsy O'Byrne, playing a hatchet-faced busy-body who takes great joy in alerting L&H's respective spouses (Holderness and Lyle Taho) to their husbands' bad behavior. The ending fizzles, but the movie still has much to recommend it. Directed by James Parrott.


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