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This is one of my favorites. It has lots of fun moments and a great
comical premise that features some of the most fun characters ever
appeared in a Laurel & Hardy movie.
The movie really has a great comical story. Oliver is planning to get married and starts making arrangement at home, which of course he, with the help of his good pal Stanley totally messes things up. However when the father of the bride (James Finlayson) she's a picture of the man his daughter is getting married to, he forbids the wedding (who can blame him). For Oliver there is only one solution, elope with his bride so they can get secretly married, with the help from Stanley. But of course nothing is as easy as it seems especially not with Stan helping out.
The story provides the movie with multiple great and hilarious comical sequence and moments. There are really moments in the movie that made me laugh out loud. The movie is also made fun thanks to its fine comedy characters. Of course James 'D'oh' Finlayson is great and his comical timing is excellent. Fun was Babe London as the bride-to-be, who looks disturbingly a lot like Oliver Hardy. At the end of the movie Ben Turpin also shows up as the cross-eyed Justice of the Peace, who provides the movie with even more and harder laughs and a wonderful fun finale.
The movie provides some great non-stop laughs, as the movie is fast paced and features lots of quick slapstick moments from the comedy duo and the other characters (Finlayson mostly, who also gets to lots of comedy work in this one.). The movie is set at quite many different locations for Laurel & Hardy standards but it works out for this movie, since the story and slapstick of the movie are so well constructed. They're of course wonderfully timed and executed by the boys and the rest of the supporting cast- and directed by Laurel & Hardy specialist James W. Horne.
A great fun comedy short that provides some real solid guaranteed laughs!
On the day of Hardy's wedding, spirits are high, Laurel even has a bath.
However when the bride's father sees a picture of the intended groom he
forbids the wedding. Hardy plans to elope with his bride and sends Laurel
to get a car. When their plans are exposed it is a race to get to a JP to
perform the ceremony.
A lively short that sticks quite closely to it's plot without too much in the way of side plots acting as filler. The main jokes here come from physical work without too much in the way of banter from the duo. This is fine though, as much of it is good. Two major falls in particular are almost inspired witness Finlayson's falls just after seeing Hardy's photo, culminating in a dive down some stairs, and then Hardy taken down an entire room with one trip.
The plot fizzles out a little towards the end as there is no real physical stuff in the final few minutes and nothing of value really replaces it, however for the majority it is very funny. Laurel and Hardy are good value, although Laurel is in the background a little for this one. Hardy's falls take the focus and he does well indeed. The high point of the film for me was hearing Finlayson `d'oh'ing more than usual truly the original Homer!
Overall this is an enjoyable short especially if you like their pratfalls more than their banter.
A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short
When the ferocious father of Ollie's intended forbids a marriage, Hardy decides to elope. But with Stan helping out, can chaos be far behind?
A very funny little film, with lots of slapstick. Once again, marvel at the physical grace of Oliver Hardy. Highlight: the tiny getaway car. That's Babe London as Ollie's dimpled darling; James Finlayson as her fierce father; and silent film comic Ben Turpin as the cross-eyed justice of the peace.
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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This is one of my favorites. Oliver Hardy is making preparations to get married, while Laurel tends to the wedding cake, which has flies on it. He can't seem to get rid of them, so he sprays the cake with insecticide. Then, Hardy get's a call from his fianceé, Dulcy, with bad news. When her father (James Finlayson) found out who she was marrying, he locked her in her room. Ollie says they'll elope, so he requests the help of Stan Laurel, his best man. He's given the task of getting a car proper for an elopement. So they venture to Dulcy's house and escape her father and find out what kind of car Stan got: a Baby Austin. For those of you who don't know of cars during the Depression, a Baby Austin is a very small car. Small like a Volkswagen Beetle or one of those British Minis. Now squeezing two fat people like Ollie and Dulcy in was quite a job. It was no trouble for Stan, but he had a hard time getting past the bride and groom. They finally arrive at the Justice of the Peace. Rev. Ben Turpin residing. This is funny; Just to let you know, James Finlayson was where Homer Simpson's "d'oh!" exclamation came from. Dan Castellenetta got it from James Finlayson who often used that expression when confronting Laurel and Hardy. Which just goes to show you, Castellenetta has good taste.
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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Oliver Hardy is in love and is going to be married to Babe London, who
is almost the same size. Laurel is to be best man. While Hardy tries to
dress for the occasion, some flies begin to light on the elaborately
prepared wedding cake. Laurel is irritated by this and spritzes the
entire cake with flit. There's a conspicuous close up of the can of
Flit. It was a real product, and some people still call the old
fashioned sprayer with a reservoir a "flit gun." Murphy's Law applies.
Everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong. Hardy inevitably
winds up falling face-down into the wedding cake. The apartment is
ruined by falling furniture and decorations. Babe London's father,
James Finlayson, objects to the wedding and Hardy and his bride must
try to elope in a clown car. The preacher performing the wedding
ceremony is cross-eyed and marries Hardy to Laurel.
It's one of the better-known shorts from the team, partly because of the climactic gag about the cross-eyed preacher. Some of the gags are adventitious -- a window slams down on the back of Finalyson's neck without any set up -- but it's still funnier than many of the other episodes.
When Finalyson, a Scot, showed up, it brought to mind the varied backgrounds of the cast, with Laurel from England's Lake District and Hardy from small-town Georgia with a father who'd been wounded at Antietam. And I began to think of how NICE it must have been to make up stories and jokes with the same people over the course of so many year, and without having to take anybody else home at night. There were abrasive moments. There always are. Laurel had some problems with producer Hal Roach. Yet, being part of a team like this and working with such amusing material, must have been reasonably pleasant overall. So much more satisfying than sitting in a cubicle, at an office desk on which the most interesting object is a Boston stapler.
Our Wife (1931)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Hardy and his fiancé have to run off to get married so they get Laurel for help, which of course leads to disaster. There are plenty of wonderful jokes and gags here including the small limousine and the best one when Hardy falls into a cake and brings a lot more with him.
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Mrs. Hardy is out of town so Hardy throws a big party. When the wife plans on returning home early Hardy must get Laurel to help him clean the house. Another wonderful short has non-stop laughs from start to finish. There really isn't one skit that sticks out but instead the laughs just build up.
Me and My Pal (1933)
*** (out of 4)
Hardy is about to be married but Laurel gives him a jigsaw puzzle for a wedding gift. The two start working on it and forget all about the wedding. This is more amusing than funny, although the final riot does get plenty of laughs.
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While this isn't the best short made by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy,
it is among the better ones and there is very little I would change
about it. The boys are a well-established team when this film was
created and their performance seemed effortless and magical. This was
NOT the case with their later films, but don't get me started on
Ollie is getting married to a woman that looks a little bit like Ollie in drag (fortunately it was NOT Ollie in drag--a dopey device they used in another of their films). But the father of the bride (James Finlayson) hasn't met Ollie and when he sees a photo of his future son-in-law, he loudly announces they WON'T marry!! In the meantime, Ollie is getting ready for the wedding--unaware of the problem with his father-in-law-to-be. And, of course, his Best Man, Stanley, is doing almost everything possible to make a mess of everything. It isn't intentional--just Stanley being his usual stupid self (such as spraying the wedding cake with bug spray to drive away the bugs).
Ollie gets a phone call from his beloved and learns that "Daddy" won't let it occur. However, Ollie announces they'll elope and asks Stanley's help in the endeavor. Well, when they arrive at the house, Stanley, it seems, rented a car like Ollie asked but it was smaller than a Mini Cooper! It almost looked like one of those cars that clowns pop out of and watching the three of them squeeze into it was a riot.
In the end, they finally get to the justice of the peace and it's cross-eyed Ben Turpin--who, due to his eye sight, marries Stanly to Ollie--or so it seems!
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are the most famous comedy duo in history, and deservedly so, so I am happy to see any of their films. Ollie is preparing to get married to his beloved Dulcy (Babe London), while Stan is setting the table, and filling a mouth spray squirter with bug spray to kill the flies on the cake, which Ollie puts in his mouth, needing ice, which he slips on and crashes into the table, his face landing in the cake, and causing many room objects to drop. Dulcy's father (James Finlayson) has forbidden her to marry Ollie after seeing his picture, so Ollie and Stan go to her house to take her and get eloped (secretly married), which the father manages to find out about from Stan. There is a big fuss trying to get a ladder, get Dulcy's luggage, and especially squeezing into the small limousine, but they eventually get to the Justice of the Peace, only to have a cross-eyed official (Ben Turpin) shaking hands with and kissing Stan and Ollie. Filled with good slapstick and all classic comedy you want from a black and white film, it is an enjoyable film. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were number 7 on The Comedians' Comedian. Worth watching!
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