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The Devil's Brother (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  5 May 1933 (USA)
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Two wannabe bandits join the service of a dashing nobleman, who secretly masquerades as Fra Diavolo, a notorious outlaw.

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Complete credited cast:
Dennis King ...
Fra Diavolo / Marquis de San Marco
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Lady Pamela
James Finlayson ...
Lord Rocburg
Lucile Browne ...
Zerlina
Arthur Pierson ...
Lorenzo
Henry Armetta ...
Matteo
Matt McHugh ...
Francesco
Lane Chandler ...
Lieutenant
Nina Quartero ...
Rita (as Nena Quartaro)
Wilfred Lucas ...
Alessandro
James C. Morton ...
Woodchopper
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At Stanlio's urging, Ollio foists himself off as the dread singing bandit Fra Diavolo and unknowingly attempts to rob the notorious brigand himself. As punishment, Diavolo orders Stanlio to hang Ollio, but gives them a second chance when Stanlio bungles the job. Taking them on as his retainers, Diavolo travels to the Tavern de Cucu in his guise as the foppish Marquis de San Marco to rob the rich, aged Lord Rocburg and woo beauteous Lady Pamela. Stanlio drives Ollio and the innkeeper to distraction by playing "earsie kneesie nosie" and "finger wiggle," and gets drunk helping Ollio fill tankards of wine, sending him into an uncontrollable laughing fit. The boys plot to capture Diavolo but wind up with him in front of a firing squad. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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In the early eighteenth century, Northern Italy was terrorized by bandits. Boldest among the robber-chieftains was Fra Diavolo (The Devil's Brother), who masqueraded as the elegant Marquis de San Marco in order to mingle with the rich. Great lords lost their gold to him-great ladies their hearts.

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Comedy | Musical

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5 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Bogus Bandits  »

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Trivia

In the wine cellar scene, it is so cold that Ollio's breath can be seen. See more »

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Position of the noose during the hanging sequence. See more »

Quotes

Stanlio: [after being robbed of all his savings] Oh, well, come easy, go easy - that's my motto.
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Ollio is played by Oliver Hardy, but Stanlio is played by X. See more »

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References The Music Box (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Fra Diabolo
(1830) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel-François Auber from his comic opera
Libretto by Eugène Scribe
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Laurel and Hardy at their best.
25 July 2004 | by (Northern Virginia) – See all my reviews

Two of the funniest scenes in a movie. One where Laurel keeps drinking all the wine he's supposed to be putting in a vat. Soon he's sloshed and starts making a smack noise with his mouth, that gets funnier every time he does it. Soon after, they're both sitting at a table in a restaurant and Laurel can't stop laughing. Ollie tries to make him stop but he is quickly consumed by laughter as well and they are ramping up the laughter with every past moment they reminisce. You can't help yourself from laughing and I was laughing hard.

Everything else about this movie is damn good too. The support acting is ahead of it's time and the music is well placed, novel and catchy. And the main female lead is very easy to look at. Check it out, won't we?


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