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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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No less than 3 versions of this short were produced. Like many producers of the sound transition era, Hal Roach was bewildered as to which of the competing sound technologies would take hold and hedged his bets by producing a sound-on-disk version (Victor disc hybrid featuring a synchronized music score and sound effects designed to compete with Warner's Vitaphone system), a sound-on-film version (Western Electric's system) and a silent version with title cards. The original sound-on-film version is believed to be lost and for 50+ years this short had only been seen in it's silent form. A rare Victor disc soundtrack was discovered in the late 1970's and the audio has been reconstructed in the talkie version seen today. 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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L&H find their voice (whether they liked it or not)
21 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Ollie brings Stan home for a home cooked meal from his wife. When his angry wife leaves, they decide to cook for themselves with predictable results. A neighbor, wife to a tough cop, comes to their rescue and loses her dress in the process. The boys have to hide her in a trunk when Mrs. Hardy and the cop both return home. Chaos ensues.

This short, Laurel and Hardy's first sound one, is certainly pleasant enough. The small supporting cast is filled with regulars with Edgar Kennedy as the cop, the ill-fated Thelma Todd as Mrs. Kennedy and Mae Busch as Mrs. Hardy. The main problem is that the film is that action and staging is so subdued and contained, particularly in comparison to their late silent shorts. It would be easy to argue that Laurel and Hardy reached their prime in the waning days of the silents with films like "Two Tars," "Big Business," "Liberty" and "Double Whoopee." Those films are all comic gems. This is definitely a step backwards. This film also suffers in comparison to their late Hal Roach feature "Blockheads" which reprises almost the entire short with more assurance and better production values.

Still, no film with the boys is a total loss. If you are a fan, you will find yourself smiling, if not laughing, throughout.


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