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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
Thelma Todd ...
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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stan Laurel always referred to this film as "Fra Diavolo." See more »

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

Quotes

Stanlio: [to a Guard] Leave us alone, or I'l tell Diavalo on you.
Ollio: He doesn't mean Diavalo, sir; he means the Marquis de San Marco.
[realizes he's made the connection between the two]
Ollio: Oooooohhhhh.
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Crazy Credits

Ollio is played by Oliver Hardy, but Stanlio is played by X. See more »

Connections

Version of Fra Diavolo (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Fra Diabolo
(1830) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel-François Auber from his comic opera
Libretto by Eugène Scribe
Excerpts and arias Played and Sung throughout the movie
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Mistranslation of title
23 December 2001 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

"The Devil's brother" is not an accurate translation of "Fra Diavolo." "Fra" in this sense was for "frater" not "fratello". Frater, of course, being a title for a religious who was not a priest. It was a common practice to address such a person as "Fra Giovanni" (brother John). Because of the bloodthirstiness of the actual person, Azzolino da Romano,(who was mentioned in Dante's "Inferno"- XII), he was nicknamed "Brother Devil"; in particular for his massacre of the citizens of Padua.


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