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Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall,... See full summary »

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Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall, volunteers to help out, but the boys' bumbling soon has her dress on fire. Her husband, a policeman, investigates the ruckus just as Oliver gets the now partially-unclad Mrs. Kennedy hidden in a trunk. Kennedy's boasting of how he handles his own womanizing backfires when his wife pops out of the trunk and blackens his eye. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hardy has returned and wonders what all the noise is coming from next door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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4 May 1929 (USA)  »

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Being Laurel and Hardy's first sound film, it introduced two gags which used sound as a major element and became classics which would be re-used. The first involved Officer Kennedy (Edgar Kennedy) getting his comeuppance from his wife in the room across the hall (heard as a collection of off-screen yells and crashes). The second involved Stan Laurel tripping at the top of the stairs followed by the sound of him supposedly tumbling down the entire flight. See more »

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Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, good evening, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Good evening, Mrs Kennedy. This my friend, Mrs Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy: Good evening.
Ollver Hardy: I brought him home for dinner, Mrs Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, how lovely of you, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: How is Mr Kennedy, Mrs Kennedy?
Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, he's very well, thank you, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Is Mr Kennedy home, Mrs Kennedy?
Mrs. Kennedy: No he isn't, Mr Hardy. I must be going. Good night, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Good night, Mrs Kennedy.
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Strong offering with all the right elements
3 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE is the first of the 'talkie' Laurel & Hardy movies and it's another hit from the comedy duo. In fact, it's pretty impressive that the right formula was in place this early on in their partnership, and watching the film today you see plenty of the magic that made the duo shine.

The plot, which was extensively re-used for the later feature-length production of BLOCK-HEADS, sees Hardy bringing Laurel home for a steak dinner - only for everything, literally everything, to go wrong. There are plenty of slapstick gags when it comes to the meal preparation, although with fiery showdowns between Hardy and his wife, as well as a pair of neighbours who later become involved in the shenanigans.

UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE is well-shot and very fast paced (as you'd expect with it running at just 20 minutes) with plenty of gags to recommend it. Laurel is on particularly fine form with his expressions and mannerisms, for example his hilarious crying routine which features at the climax. Great stuff.


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