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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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Charley, Son of the Desert from Texas
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Mrs. Lottie Hardy
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Mrs. Betty Laurel
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Dr. Horace Meddick
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wüstensöhne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three decades after the movie's release, its motif inspired the creation of an "international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society," named after the movie and created by Stan Laurel and his biographer John McCabe. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Betty: Stanley, is Oliver telling the truth?
Oliver: Go ahead and tell her.
[He mimes smoking a cigarette]
Betty: Is he?
Stan: [cries] No, we didn't go to Honolulu, we went to the convention...
[cries overtake his dialog... Oliver stares at the camera]
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Remake of His Doctor's Orders (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are the Sons of the Desert
(uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Sung a cappella by The Sons of the Desert
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I'd give it an 11
6 June 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Almost perfect! The finish isn't up to the rest of the movie, but the absolutely hilarious beginning and middle make it one of the funniest movies ever.

Here are Stan and Ollie at their peak. Many of their trademark gags and takes appear, easily woven into the story, perfectly timed and crafted with comic panache.

The plot- henpecked husbands sneaking off for revelry- is now rather obsolete, but that doesn't diminish the clever narrative movement. Putting Charley Chase into a small role enhanced it, and the wives were very well played.

I don't rate many movies a 10, but one that gives pleasure over and over and over deserves it.


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