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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 »
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Awards:
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The boys go to a convention while wives think they're in Hawaii See more (49 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 .... presents
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 "Sons of the Desert" theme song is a pastiche of several popular tunes, including "Give My Regards to Broadway."See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Lottie:[Sarcastically] So Stanley wouldn't *dare* lie to *you*...
Betty:Well, he never has before.
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Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The boys go to a convention while wives think they're in Hawaii, 2 April 2005
Author: cove3 from White Plains, NY

I love this movie. I was reduced to tears the first time I saw it and am reduced to tears every time I've seen it in the 50 years since. Talk about a movie holding up over 70 years. To my mind, it's the Citizen Kane of comedy. Everything about it is pitch perfect. To watch the boys as they sink deeper and deeper into absurdity in explaining their arrival back ahead of the rescue ship is a marvel to watch. There are so many subtle, nonsensical and memorable moments that stay in the mind years later one almost doesn't know where to start. The solemn dark lighting of the opening scene spoofing fraternal organizations, eating the wax fruit, the range of facial expressions of the wives throughout, the shot of the boys from the back sitting facing the fireplace as Stan disses his wife, Stan's wife in hunting regalia returning shotgun in arm carrying ducks, Ollie flirting on the phone not realizing it's his wife he's talking to, the stream of consciousness dialog in the attic, and on and on and on. A subtlety perhaps missed by many is the wonderful song and dance number at the night club....a simply wonderful lampoon to perfection of crooner Dick Powell and spoof of Busby Berkeley with those clunky but charming Hula dancers, struggling in a valiant but ultimately hopeless attempt to dance, fanning out to the camera and culminating in that marvelous overhead shot near the close. Just great. I could write a book on this movie, but I'll just suggest to viewers to get William K. Everson's book on the films of Laurel & Hardy and read what one of the great critics has to say about this gem.

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