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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. 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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Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wüstensöhne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Robert Cummings is visible as a crowd extra during the scene in the steamship office, wearing a light-colored suit, about 40:00 into the film. See more »

Goofs

In the first wide shot in the ship docking area, before Laurel and Hardy's wives arrive, following news of the Honolulu ship sinking, a crew member and camera tripod are clearly visible reflected in a glass door. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I may not be king of my castle, but I certainly wouldn't allow my wife to wear any pants. I'd like to see my old woman throwing things. It's disgraceful. Never heard of such goings off. On. If my old ball and chain ever talked to me... If she even dared... You know what I'd say?
Oliver: What?
Stan: I'd say...
[Sees Betty]
Stan: Hello, honey. I...
[Double takes]
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Connections

Referenced in Creation Science 103: Class 9 (2001) 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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