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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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Storyline

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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Quotes

Ollio: [seeing Stanlio drunk] You're spiffed!
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Fra Diabolo
(1830) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel-François Auber from his comic opera
Libretto by Eugène Scribe
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A highlight of Laurel & Hardy's comic talent
9 November 2006 | by (Nuremberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Slapstick and opera go well together, as already the Marx Brothers proved, and here's another fine example. This entertaining version of the 19th century French opera contains some of the best scenes of Laurel&Hardy, such as the couples' hopeless attempt in robbery, the hanging fiasco, Stanilo's maddening finger and hand acrobatics and the drunk scene in the cellar. An absolute must for Laurel and Hardy fans! Especially as it also shows the superiority of Laurel's comedy over his partner's. Never mind that the scenery is as Californian as are the characters in the supporting roles. But after all - opera is all about illusion...


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