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Our Wife (1931)

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ollie: Goodbye, Ducky Lover.
Dulcy: Goodbye, Dimple Dumpling.
Ollie: Goodbye.
Stan: [on the phone in the other room, having listened in] GOODBYE!
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by 'Oliver hardy' several times
Also played in the score
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When situational comedy takes presence over slapstick
24 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our Wife concerns a happy-go-lucky Ollie planning to marry his sweetheart Dulcy (Babe London), with his pal Stan by his side as his best man. However, when Dulcy's father sees a picture of Ollie, he becomes disgusted and appalled and calls off the wedding instantly. Frustrated, the couple plans to elope, with Stan and Ollie sneaking Dulcy out of her home to have a secret marriage ceremony; one can only imagine how Laurel and Hardy manage to turn this immense task into one of troublesome blunders.

But, as we expect, they find a way to do so, and Our Wife becomes infested with circumstantial comedy, arising from everything like Ollie falling into Dulcy's window, the three having difficulty fitting into a small car, and then, finally, arriving for the marriage ceremony only to have it incomparably screwed up thanks to a cross-eyed priest in true Laurel and Hardy fashion.

Our Wife sticks to a premise more built on situational comedy and misunderstandings, as writer H.M. Walker and director James W. Horne team up once again to deliver a spry, fun short. Laurel and Hardy function the best when they struggle to do a simple task to no success, engage in goofy banter, or stumble over activities that should be easy and quick. When they punch, kick, fight, and slap, their shorts descend into the kind of humor The Three Stooges did and did infinitely better. When the duo stick to trying to go along with a story and having issues executing their plan, they predicate themselves off of the building blocks of comedy, where characters do something they don't want to do or are having difficultly doing something. Our Wife works for that specific reason and results in a rousing good time.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Babe London. Directed by: James W. Horne.


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