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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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Complete credited cast:
Charley, Son of the Desert from Texas
Dorothy Christy ...
Mrs. Betty Laurel
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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wüstensöhne  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's comic take on marital discord mirrored the far more serious and stressful domestic problems that Laurel & Hardy were experiencing at the time. Bill Seiter was also in the process of splitting from his first wife, actress Laura La Plante. Charley Chase also had numerous difficulties at home because of his drinking. 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 »


Oliver: That settles it! I'm not goin' to Honolulu!
Lottie: [angrily] Oh, yes, you ARE going to Honolulu if you have to go alone!
Oliver: If I have to go to Honolulu alone,
[points to Stan]
Oliver: he's going with me!
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Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »


Honolulu Baby
Written by Marvin Hatley
Sung by Ty Parvis and danced by Charita and others
Also Performed by Oliver Hardy (vocal and guitar) and sung a cappella by Stan Laurel
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Off To A Convention With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
10 June 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Ollie wants to attend the annual convention of THE SONS OF THE DESERT in Chicago & have lodge brother Stan go with him. Their wives, however, have other plans. From such tiny acorns of humor do mighty oaks of hilarity grow...

This is a wonderfully funny film, with the Boys at their very best. Watch Stan's face as he eats the wax apple, or Ollie as he attempts to stand-up to his formidable spouse. The Sons themselves are a spoof of every fraternal organization that's ever taken itself too seriously.

Hilarious Charley Chase is the epitome of every obnoxious conventioneer you've ever tried to avoid. Mae Busch & Dorothy Christy are good fun as the Boys' wives, while Lucien Littlefield scores as a veterinarian called in to doctor Ollie.

Extra-sharp movie mavens will spot Charlie Hall as one of the waiters at the beginning of the 'Honolulu Baby' sequence; they will also recognize the voice of Billy Gilbert as the steamship official giving the announcement about the shipwreck survivors.

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