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Although his characterization of Mrs. Hardy's brother is a highlight among fans, Charley Chase hated the part as being too far removed form his usual screen character. Ironically, he repeats this type of character in "The Heckler", one of his last, and most critically acclaimed, shorts.
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This was Mae Busch's fourth appearance as Oliver's high strung short tempered wife.
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The role of Stan Laurel's wife was originally slated for Patsy Kelly, but Hal Roach had loaned her to MGM for Going Hollywood (1933), which was running over schedule when shooting for this film began. Dorothy Christy joined the cast as Stan's wife four days into filming.
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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.
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The "Sons of the Desert" theme song is a pastiche of several popular tunes, including "Give My Regards to Broadway."
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The movie's line "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." was voted as the #60 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
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Three decades after the movie's release, its motif inspired the creation of an "international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society," named after the movie and created by Stan Laurel and his biographer John McCabe.
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Stan Laurel reads the January 1930 issue of The American Magazine when at the Hardy residence.
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Actor Robert Cummings is visible as a crowd extra during the scene in the steamship office, wearing a light-colored suit, about 40:00 into the film.
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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.
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