Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit... See full summary »
Stanley and Oliver, in their new jobs as footman and doorman at a ritzy hotel, wreak their usual havoc on the guests, including partially undressing a swanky blonde guest and repeatedly ... See full summary »
Two convicts (Laurel & Hardy), in an escape attempt, tunnel into the warden's office, instead. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out the front gate. Needing new clothes, ... See full summary »
Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of ... See full summary »
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »
Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their... See full summary »
Brain specialist Oliver and his secretary Stanley bicker over listening in on each other's phone calls. Nevertheless, plans procede to celebrate the anniversary of their weddings to each ... See full summary »
Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.
Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit, Stanley is pressed into duty (and into drag) to impersonate Oliver's loving spouse. He's convincing enough to earn a pass or two from a drunk at a nightclub, but when a stolen necklace gets dropped down his dress, attempts to recover it disclose Stanley's true gender. Written by
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While not their best silent this is a very good Laurel and Hardy short
Some of the reviews for this film describe it as the team's best or near-best. While I wouldn't go that far, it is a very good and enjoyable film and is among the better silent shorts they made.
The film begins with Ollie's wife walking out because Stan has been living with them for two years and Ollie won't throw him out of the house. Only moments later, Ollie's rich uncle stops by the house to meet Ollie's wife. With timing only found in films, it's the same uncle that promised to put Ollie in the will as long as he's happily married. Desperate to keep up appearances, Ollie panics and has Stan pretend to be the wife! This isn't the first time nor the last when Stan went in drag. Oddly, he looked rather convincing and this provided some laughs. My favorite of these cross-dressing scenes was actually from one of the last of the Laurel and Hardy films, JITTERBUGS. While not an especially good film, the scenes with Stan playing a lady were priceless.
Aside from the cross-dressing, another plot element involves a stolen necklace that is dropped down Stan's dress by the thief. He and Ollie spend perhaps too much time trying to get the jewels out of the dress, as the gag seemed a bit too over-done--though it was still funny and rather risqué.
Overall, some good laughs and well worth a look. For the team's best silents, though, try BIG BUSINESS or SHOULD MARRIED MEN GO HOME?.
FYI--The "Pink Pup" nightclub seen in this film is also featured in THEIR PURPLE MOMENT and you see the outside of it in THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY--two other Laurel and Hardy films.
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