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 »
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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Good Laurel & Hardy Comedy That Picks Up Energy As It Goes Along
This is a good Laurel and Hardy comedy, of the kind that gradually picks up energy as it goes along, so that by the end of it Stanley and Oliver find themselves in a thoroughly chaotic predicament. It's one of several movies that feature Laurel dressing as a woman, with this one probably the most extensive and resourceful of those sequences.
It starts off with Oliver's wife storming out just before his rich uncle arrives, with the express intention of meeting his nephew's wife. With Stanley doing his best to impersonate her, things start to get complicated quickly. The early stretches move a bit slowly at times, but then things pick up quickly once the group heads out to eat at an upscale restaurant.
Laurel gets most of the good moments here, and even as he portrays how clumsy his character is, he shows how versatile he himself could be at physical comedy. Jimmy Aubrey joins in the disorder as a confused fellow diner, and William Courtright, as the uncle, adds an assortment of facial expressions that comment on the situation as things unravel.
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