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Our Wife (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 16 May 1931 (USA)
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 »

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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, not to mention the accompanying Stan. They find a Justice of the Peace to perform he ceremony, but the official's cross-eyed condition results in unintended consequences. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy was making big preparations to get married- Mr. Laurel was taking a bath too.

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16 May 1931 (USA)  »

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Amor dulce amor  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Ollie tells Stan about his plans to elope, he mentions it's "strictly on the qui vive." What he meant to say was "on the QT", which means to keep quiet. "Qui vive" is French for "on the lookout." See more »

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When Dulcy's father (James Finlayson) is speaking with his daughter about her upcoming wedding plans (and learns, to his horror, that her intended is Ollie), the maid is seen standing in the background in Dulcy's room. However, when Fin exits the room in a rage and locks the door behind him, the maid and a butler are on the other side of the door in the hallway. See more »

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Mrs. Gladding: What do you want?
Stan: What do we want?
Ollie: We wanna get married.
Stan: Oh yeah, we wanna get married.
Ollie: Not we, us!
Stan: Not we. Us.
Mrs. Gladding: Well, how about it?
Stan: How about it?
Ollie: How about what?
Stan: How about what?
[...]
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Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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marriage-go-round
6 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our Wife is one of those Laurel and Hardy comedies that at first seem so broad and farcical (it is) but upon multiple viewings, reveal a surprising number of beautiful subtleties. I know, because my two-year- old son loves it and constantly requests it…sometimes twice a day. Look at Stan, re-entering the room after having been quickly ushered out by Ollie, who wants some privacy to talk to his beloved. It is a completely guileless gesture, just like(need I say it) a two-year-old's response to a restriction he doesn't recognize as such. And Stan's satisfied smile when Ollie explains "Why, you're the best man!" And no small credit goes to Babe London as Ollie's betrothed. Just look at her expression of guarded optimism as Justice of the Peace Ben Turpin goes through his auctioneering gibberish during the ceremony. Then, notice Ben at the fadeout. After mistakenly marrying Stan to Ollie, all he seems interested in is pushing through the group in his living room and rushing back to bed. Even their struggles to get into that 1930 American Austin Coupe, the depression era's version of the Mini-Cooper, is doubly funny when considering the context, that of a rushed getaway. The time-space continuum "takes five" as they try to maneuver themselves into the car. Ollie's exasperated query: "What did you want to hire a thing like this for?" goes unanswered, hinting at an excised shot or two, but it also signifies the boy's quick acceptance of obstacles thrown in their path and their earnest attempts to overcome them. The whole movie is a series of set pieces in which the boys go through the minimal obligatory motions of an adult rite-of-passage: the one-layer cake, frosting peeling off like a tree shedding bark, the minimal wedding decorations, the quick spray of dried rice and a shoe to the head, the mumbled wedding vows, the pro-forma "Congratulations, my boy, you've married the sweetest girl in all the world!" from the justice of the peace… it's all about two little boys playing grown-up, and overcoming the brief lacuna of adulthood and ending up back together again.


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