Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's ... See full summary »

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Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's affection by making him jealous. But when Gustave arrives and finds his wife and Oliver in a tight embrace, he presents Oliver with his card and challenges him to a duel. The boys escape, but get drunk and pass out at a local cafe, and are returned to Gustave's apartment when the police find Gustave's card in Oliver's pocket. They awake (in Mrs. Gustave's bed) to find the enraged husband, pistol in hand. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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9 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Part of Arthur Housman's costume (a fur coat) is visible through the window of the café as he is waiting for his cue. See more »

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Oliver: Now, you're right up our alley! We have a number here which I think is one of Stanley's tenderest thoughts. Now, just listen to this: "A merry Christmas, husband/ Happy New Year's nigh!/ I wish you Easter greetings/ Hooray for the Fourth of July!" Now, we call that our "four-in-one" card.
Stanley: Yes, Ma'am. You can use it all the year 'round.
Mrs. Pierre Gustave: No, thanks. I'm still not interested.
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Quite enjoyable short that starts poorly but gets better
16 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy are door to door greeting card salesmen. They happen across a wife who believes her husband no longer loves her. The duo come up with the suggestion that one of them pretend to make love to her when the husband is due home – if he acts jealous then she will know he loves her. However when the man comes home to find Hardy kissing his wife he, the best shot in the land, challenges Hardy to a duel that is harder to get out of than Hardy expects.

An enjoyable short that allows Laurel and Hardy to do good physical work as well as their verbal banter. The card sales pitches they do are simply `wacky' and display a nice touch of the absurd (the 4-in-1 card that covers all seasons!). I was a bit taken a back by hearing Laurel offer to `make love' to the woman – but it is a different time and meant kiss etc. The build up to the duel is more verbal humour than physical and is funnier for it.

Laurel's confused story telling is good value and Hardy's reactions are pure gold. The support cast are all pretty good – whether it be the comedy drunk, the upset wife or the vengeful husband, they all play their part and enable Laurel and Hardy to bounce off them with ease.

Overall this is a very enjoyable short that allows the duo to play down the pratfalls and play up the verbal and performance comedy.


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