It's the morning of Oliver's wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber's daughter. While waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony, Oliver and his best man Stanley become absorbed in a ...
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Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... 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 »
Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of 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 »
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... 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 »
Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
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 »
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »
It's the morning of Oliver's wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber's daughter. While waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony, Oliver and his best man Stanley become absorbed in a jigsaw puzzle, Stanley's wedding present. Eventually the taxi driver, the butler, a policeman and a messenger boy all get involved with the puzzle, while Cucumber fumes as he awaits the long-overdue groom. Written by
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The voice on the radio is performed by Frank Terry. He is also on screen playing Hives, Mr.Hardy's butler. See more »
Now why did you get two tickets to Chicago when you know that I wanted to spend my honeymoon in Sascatchewan.
Well the man said there was no such place as sus - -Swee - Sas...
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A mystifying formula-breaker for the iconic comedy duo
Me and My Pal concerns Oliver Hardy, who is anxious as can be on his wedding day, as he's not only about to marry a beautiful lady but also become an "oil magnate," thanks to her father Pete Cucumber (Jimmy Finlayson) and his enthusiastic support for his daughter's fiancée. Just before he is about to leave for the wedding, Stan Laurel, Hardy's best man, arrives after ordering the flowers for the reception with a jigsaw puzzle. While Hardy initially rejects it as a distraction, both men can't help but become entranced in trying to solve the puzzle, so much so they become incredibly tardy for the wedding, worrying Hardy's bride-to-be and angering Cucumber. Soon, after the butler and the driver become immersed in solving the puzzle, nobody is going anywhere, and Cucumber leaves the wedding to find and scold Hardy.
Me and My Pal is an intriguing short because the humor, for once in a Laurel and Hardy short, is neither brought forth by situational comedy or verbal banter; the humor of the short is entirely reliant on the fact that everybody becomes fascinated and invested in solving a jigsaw puzzle. It's as if the puzzle has some magical force that sucks anyone around it into solving it, which is where the short finds almost all of its humor. The issue is this isn't the kind of funny that's hilarious, or the kind somebody thinks of when they think of Laurel and Hardy, but the kind of funny that is baffling or contemplative.
Director Charles Rogers wisely keeps this short a slender nineteen minutes because anymore and we'd be far past the threshold for this kind of material. This is one of the strangest shorts by Laurel and Hardy I have yet to see, one that's not brazenly funny but one that finds ways to mystify by subtly invoking a fantasy element without any supernatural behavior. It's not quite amazing, but it's quietly subversive, especially given that these two men had a formula down from their very first shorts that they often stuck with until the end.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, and Jimmy Finlayson. Directed by: Charles Rogers.
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