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Sons of the Desert (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 29 December 1933 (USA)
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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Charley, Son of the Desert from Texas
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Storyline

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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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29 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Die Wüstensöhne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laurel & Hardy took time off from filming this feature to shoot their sequences in Hollywood Party (1934). See more »

Goofs

No one who goes out in the rain is ever wet when he or she comes back inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sons of the Desert chorus: [the members sing "Auld Lang Syne"] And here's a hand, my trusty friend, and gie's a hand o' thine, / We'll take a cup of kindness now, for Auld Lang Syne.
Exalted Exhausted Ruler: [the song concludes, and the Exalted Ruler calls the meeting to order as he hits the podium with a gavel] Brothers, Sons of the Desert, we are all familiar with the business of this special meeting. This Oasis must meet the situation with determination.
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Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #4.2 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by the Sons of the Desert
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"If I have to go to the convention on my own, HE'S coming with me!"
13 November 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is absolutely top-notch Laurel and Hardy, completely encapsulating the essence of their priceless comic personas in just over an hour of brilliant, innocent comedy. You know you're in for a treat right from the opening sequence, where Stan and Ollie arrive at the fraternity meeting slightly late and completely disrupt the proceedings in their stumbling, bumbling efforts to get to their seats! I challenge anyone not to laugh at that! And you'll be amazed at the amount of comedy Stan can wring out of the simple act of walking through a door. They just don't breed comedians like these geniuses any more. Fans of early-nineties 'laddish' knockabout humour like 'Bottom' and 'Men Behaving Badly' should check this out, just to see that Laurel and Hardy not only did it first, but they did it so much better and with a far greater degree of that most precious of comedic commodities - subtlety.


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