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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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Comedy | Short

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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

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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: Well, I'll be seeing you.
Oliver: Where are you going?
Stanley: Just going down...
Oliver: Well you can't leave me alone here with this child.
Stanley: Why?
Oliver: Why? Well you're just as much responsible for it as I am.
Stanley: What have I got to do with it?
Oliver: What have you got to do with it? What have YOU got to do with it? Why you were the one who wanted me to have a baby, and now that you've gotten me into this trouble, you want to walk out and leave me flat.
Stanley: But I don't know anything about babies.
Oliver: Well you should have thought of that ...
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Classic Stan and Ollie short.
23 April 2005 | by (Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

As a Sons of the Desert Grand Sheik I guess it is unusual to choose 'Their First Mistake' as my favourite movie but I think it encompasses most of the things that are so good about 'the boys'... The unhappy marriage; the suggestion that the boys' friendship is more important and more enduring than marriage; the apparently sensible suggestion by Stan that backfires on Ollie; the numerous situations that involve Ollie ending up the worse for wear; ...plus the reverse role dialogue where Ollie is left holding the baby and Stan goes to walk out "What have you got to do with it? WHAT have YOU got to do with it? Why you got me into this mess in the first place..." etc. etc. and the feeding of the baby scene and Stan's affection for the bottle and the dummy...! Altogether a Laurel and Hardy masterpiece! Best viewed, as with all Laurel and Hardy films, in the cinema (fortunately my club has access to a 66-seat private cinema).


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