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Director:
Writers:
Frank Craven (story)
Byron Morgan (continuity)
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
What has Mohammad got to do with my wife? See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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:
Lillian DeBorba was drafted into filling a seat in the theatre sequence. She was on the lot with her little daughter Dorothy DeBorba who was "Echo" in the Our Gang comedies.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Laurel and Hardy are returned to their wives by the police officer, as they are led inside the house, the camera tilts back slightly and the boom mic is visible at the top of the frame as they walk toward the couch.See more »
Quotes:
[on the telephone]
Lottie:Charley tells me you're from Los Angeles. What part?
Oliver:All of me.
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Soundtrack:
Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
What has Mohammad got to do with my wife?, 9 February 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

This has got to be one of the funniest movies ever made by Hollywood. The only other that comes close is Laurel and Hardy's "Way Out West." No other comedy team in the history of show business had the perfect comic timing of Stan and Oliver, not even the inimitable teams of Abbott and Costello or Martin and Lewis. Stan and Oliver had appeared separately in several films before they were teamed. Although they were both multi-talented (Oliver was one of the best singers around) and individually funny, together they broke all the comedic barriers. No such chemistry has existed between two entertainers before or since. Mel Brooks said it best, "Dying is easy. Comedy, that's difficult."

This time around the boys attempt to slip away from their domineering wives (Only Stan would choose a mate that was one of the best duck hunters around and thus a crack shot with a gun) to attend a convention of the illustrious "Sons of the Desert" in Chicago to hear the "exhausted" ruler speak, as Stan calls him. Oliver feigns illness, getting Stan to bring a fake doctor to advise a sea cruise to Honululu. Only Stan could make opening a door to exit a room excruciatingly funny. As usual Stan bungles it all and gets a Veternerian instead who just happens to bring his dogs along on the house call. The ruse works after a few hilarious scenes involved Oliver and the tub of hot water in which his feet are soaking. The boys ultimately end up in Chicago. The boat to Hawaii sinks and with the sinking of the ship, the boys' fabrication also fills with water.

As good as Stan and Oliver were, Charlie Chase, an almost forgotten genius of slapstick, nearly steals the show from the boys as a practical joker who just happens to have a sister who lives at the same address as Oliver Hardy lives. Chase was more than a match for the two and their scenes together represent the apex of their careers.

Stan and Ollie were not just gifted visual comics, their repartee with each other was exemplary. The lines though supposedly written by others would not have the same humorous effect if spoken by anyone else. I'm sure much of the dialog was added to or ad-libbed by the team. Stan tries to rationalize the situation, "Well if she didn't go to the mountains, then Mohammad would have to come here." Ollie jumps right in, "What has Mohammad got to do with my wife?" To read more of the brilliant lines, note IMDb's quotes taken from "Sons of the Desert."

If you enjoy "Sons of the Desert," by all means watch "Way Out West." The two represent Laurel and Hardy at their best. There are several Laurel and Hardy shorts that come close to matching the two feature length features, especially the Academy award winning "The Music Box."

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