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Frank Craven (story)
Byron Morgan (continuity)
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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 »
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"If I have to go to the convention on my own, HE'S coming with me!" See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie

Charley Chase ... Charley, Son of the Desert from Texas

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)

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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
68 min | 65 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:S (1947) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:6 (nf)

Did You Know?

According to studio publicity releases, scenes had to be reshot frequently because director and crew would often break up in laughter over the stars' antics. The story went on to assert that Stan Laurel's expression in the scene with Charley Chase was so funny "that it completely upset the equanimity of Hardy, and it was several minutes before the latter was able to regain his composure." According to film historian Richard W. Bann (a specialist on the films produced by Hal Roach Studios), Hal Roach recalled in 1979 how often such things happened on set. "I was never upset that it was costing me money," he said. "I was upset that we couldn't use some of the funniest scenes we saw every day," the ones that were ruined by cast or crew members breaking up.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Laurel and Hardy are frantically stumbling about in the hallway prior to going up to the attic, the same sound effects are used over and over many times in rapid succession.See more »
Oliver:Do you have to ask your wife everything?
Stan:If I didn't ask her, I wouldn't know what she wanted me to do.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sprucin' Up (1935)See more »
Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"If I have to go to the convention on my own, HE'S coming with me!", 13 November 2001
Author: TC Raymond from England

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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