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Director:
Writers:
Frank Craven (story)
Byron Morgan (continuity)
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The most pleasant comedy See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie

Charley Chase ... Charley Chase
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Lottie Hardy
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Betty Laurel
Lucien Littlefield ... Dr. Horace Meddick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Harry Bernard ... Bartender / Cop (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Brawny Speakeasy Manager (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Tony Campanaro ... Steamship Announcement Witness (uncredited)
Charita ... Lead Hula Dancer (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... Man Introducing Steamship Official / Sons Convention Attendee (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Dress Person at Table Next to Chase's (uncredited)

Robert Cummings ... Steamship Announcement Witness (uncredited)
Lillian DeBorba ... Theater Patron in Front of Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Exalted Exhausted Ruler (uncredited)
Charles Giblyn ... Assistant Exalted Ruler (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Ruttledge (voice) (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... 2nd Waiter (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Doorman (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley ... Club Pianist (uncredited)
The Hollywood American Legion Post ... Sons 'Oasis 13' Crowd Dress Group (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Assistant Exalted Ruler (uncredited)
Suzanna Kim ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... 1st Waiter (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Assistant Exhausted Ruler (uncredited)
John Merton ... Son of the Desert in 2nd Row Behind Stan's Left (uncredited)
Lillian Moore ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Ty Parvis ... Singer (uncredited)
Nina Quartero ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)

Hal Roach ... (uncredited)
Virginia Ruth Rogers ... (uncredited)
The Santa Monica Lodge of Elks ... Paraders in Newsreel (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Brawny Speakeasy Manager (uncredited)
Charley Young ... Son of the Desert (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Frank Craven (story)

Byron Morgan (continuity)

Jack Barty  uncredited
Oliver Hardy  uncredited
Stan Laurel  uncredited
William A. Seiter  uncredited
Glenn Tryon  uncredited
Eddie Welch  uncredited

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan (film editor)
 
Sound Department
Harry Baker .... recording engineer
 
Stunts
Ham Kinsey .... stunt double: Stan Laurel (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Nat Hoffberg .... editor: titles (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George M. Cohan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
O'Donnell-Heath .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lloyd French .... associate director
Hal Roach .... presenter
David Bennett .... dance director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
68 min | 65 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S (1947) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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Trivia:
The music under the opening credits also underscores the MGM film "Faithless" made a year earlier. This would make sense; producer Hal Roach released through Metro, so the "Sons" music appears to be a simple lift.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Oliver:What did Betty say?
Stan:Betty said that honesty was the best politics.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
We Are the Sons of the DesertSee more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The most pleasant comedy, 10 October 2001
Author: Aaron Whitehead from Somerset, KY

It's really the only good full-length Laurel & Hardy movie that isn't distracted by a sub-plot, therefore an interesting story develops, and we get to see more of Laurel & Hardy. This movie more than any other just lets us laugh at the two characters we love best: Stan and Ollie. We see them as kids, sneaking around to a juvenile convention to escape the clutches of their motherly, domineering wives. There are some great sequences, and some truly hilarious moments. Stan is especially at his best, and the sequence where Ollie is sick is classic. "Why did you get a veterinarian?" "I didn't think his religion would make any difference."

A must for any Laurel & Hardy fan, and indeed a must for everyone who enjoys an utterly pleasant experience and a truly divine comedy.

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