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Their First Mistake (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  5 November 1932 (USA)
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Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »

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Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and Stanley can continue to carouse. But upon returning home with the infant, they find a process server with a divorce summons, and spend a sleepless night caring for the squalling baby. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy was married. Mr. Laurel was unhappy too.

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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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A proper ending was scripted, which had Mrs. Hardy returning with an adopted baby of her own. Stan Laurel's inspired improvisations caused the film to go over schedule and over budget, leaving it with no real ending. See more »

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Stanley: I'm not as dumb as you look.
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10 August 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Their First Mistake (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Minor Laurel and Hardy short has Mrs. Hardy tired of her husband leaving her at home while he goes out with Laurel. Hardy thinks that if he adopts a baby then that will keep the wife busy and she won't notice him going out at nights. The plan backfires when she divorces him and he's stuck to watch the new baby. This is pretty middle ground as far as the Laurel and Hardy shorts go and it doesn't seem like too much thought went into the movie as a lot of the jokes aren't that funny. The running gag is Hardy spilling milk on him and the baby constantly crying. Laurel also doesn't come off too well here with the exception of the final gag when Hardy thinks he's the baby and begins giving him milk so that he will fall asleep. Mae Busch plays Mrs. Hardy and delivers a few nice laughs but in the end the duo has a lot better films out there.


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