Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of ... See full summary »
Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of marriage from the widow, he sets off to start a life of wealth and ease. But just then Stanley discovers his unsent letter and demands to be brought along. At the widow's home, they're informed by the creepy butler that his mistress is crazy; having been jilted once by another Oliver, her hobby now is marrying all the Olivers she can find and then slitting their throats. So far, there've been seven Olivers. Written by
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Stan's real-life brother, Everett (Teddy) died in a dentist's chair during the filming of 'Oliver the Eighth'. He went in to have some teeth extracted, and died of heart failure after receiving the anesthetic. He was 33. See more »
When Stan is eating the "soup", he buttons some of his waistcoat buttons, but when he walks out of the room, they are buttoned up. See more »
[preparing to leave to mail their answers to the widow's personals ad, but then noticing what appear to be some extra initials written near the bottom of Stan's envelope]
What does "P.T.O." mean?
"Please Turn Over".
[turns over the envelope and sees, "S.W.A.K. X" written near the gummed flap]
"Sealed With A KISS" - -
[Gives his famous scrunched-eyed grimace of disgust at the silly mushiness of the message]
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Perhaps the most perfect Laurel & Hardy comical short.
I absolute adore this movie. It's quite a dark comical one but still features all of the typical humor and slapstick moments.
Finally the boys meet some persons who are even crazier than they are. Mae Busch as the widow and Jack Barty as Jitters are some real good crazy and scary persons. They give the boys a hard time and the movie does actually succeed in making the movie tense and unpredictable. Normally it aren't the supporting actors who make a Laurel & Hardy short to be a classic and comical one but this movie is truly an exception to that.
Honestly there isn't a thing that I dislike about this movie so that is why I regarded as the most perfect Laurel & Hardy short. A must-see!
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