Sons of the Desert (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  29 December 1933 (USA)
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When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.



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Complete credited cast:
Charley, Son of the Desert from Texas
Dorothy Christy ...
Mrs. Betty Laurel
Lucien Littlefield ...
Dr. Horace Meddick


So that he and Stan can sneak away to Chicago and attend the annual "Sons of the Desert" lodge convention, Ollie pretends to be sick, and gets a doctor (who turns out to be a veterinarian) to prescribe a long ocean voyage to Hawaii. Decked out in leis and strumming ukeleles, they return home only to learn that the ship supposedly carrying them has sunk. Their hastily- contrived tale of "ship-hiking" their way back cuts no ice with their wives, who've been at the movies watching a newsreel of the lodge's convention parade, starring... guess who? Written by Paul Penna <>

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Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wüstensöhne  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filming took place over a period of three weeks in October 1933. Director William A. Seiter reportedly brought the picture in five days ahead of schedule. See more »


When Laurel and Hardy are in the back of the cab on the way home, every time Hardy leans in to talk to Laurel, his shadow falls across the rear-screen projection of the traffic seen through the back "window" of the cab. See more »


Betty: Stanley wouldn't dare lie to me. I hate to think what would happen if he ever did.
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Referenced in The IT Crowd: Calamity Jen (2006) See more »


We Are the Sons of the Desert
Written by Marvin Hatley
Sung a cappella by The Sons of the Desert
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Tee hee
24 October 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Stan and Ollie are part of a Freemason's lodge and take an oath to go to their annual convention in Chicago. No one has ever broken this oath in the zillion year history of the Sons of the Desert Lodge so they'd better now screw up.

Only Stan and Ollie are both dominated by their wives who won't allow them to do anything with-out strict approval first. So they concoct a plan that involves pretending to go to Hawaii for a relaxing cruise but really going off to the windy city.

Too bad the ship sinks on the way their and they have fake being rescued (much quicker than everyone else) when they come back from the convention. Loads of hectic hiding and digging out of deep trouble follow.

Much funnier than I've made it sound. Honest!

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