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Oliver the Eighth (1934)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  13 January 1934 (USA)
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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 »

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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 Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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13 January 1934 (USA)  »

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Annuncio matrimoniale  »

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Trivia

Charlie Hall had a role as a Laundry Man, but it was cut from the final print. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jitters the butler: Nice weather we had tomorrow.
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Connections

Spoofs The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played on a bugle by Jack Barty
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A Little Attempted Murder With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
16 March 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short. Ollie agrees to marry a wealthy widow - not realizing she's a homicidal maniac. She has a curious habit of finding men named "Oliver" and then slitting their throats the night before the wedding. She's killed seven times already; now she plans on making OLIVER THE EIGHTH victim. Locked in her mansion of death, the Boys are in for a night of comic terror...

This little film is somewhat of a change of pace for the Boys, but it's very funny and they lampoon its Gothic mood quite nicely. Mae Busch is lots of fun as the widow.


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