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 »
Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »
Big-time (so they think) vaudeville stars Stanley and Oliver take the train to Pottsville, their next booking. On board, they bumble into the wrong sleeping compartment, startling a ... See full summary »
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 »
A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »
On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »
James W. Horne,
Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of ... See full summary »
After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »
Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.
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
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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 »
Well, I'll be seeing you.
Where are you going?
Just going down...
Well you can't leave me alone here with this child.
Why? Well you're just as much responsible for it as I am.
What have I got to do with it?
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.
But I don't know anything about babies.
Well you should have thought of that ...
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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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