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Our Relations (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  30 October 1936 (USA)
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Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain.... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Grogan -Denker's waiter
Captain of SS Periwinkle
Daphne Pollard ...
Betty Brown ...
Mrs. Betty 'Bubbles' Laurel (as Betty Healy)
James Finlayson ...
Finn - The Chief Engineer
Iris Adrian ...
Lona Andre ...
Ralf Harolde ...
Gangster Boss
Noel Madison ...
Second Gangster at Pirate's Club
Arthur Housman ...


Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain. All four get involved in multiple cases of mistaken identity as a gang of hoodlums try to steal the ring Stanley and Oliver wind up with their feet in cement, about to be dumped into the harbor. Written by Paul Penna <>

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30 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Double Trouble  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had previously played their own sons in Brats (1930) and each others' wives in Twice Two (1933) before playing their own twins in this film. See more »


Finn: [hands Ollie a bill] Here, have yourselves a fling.
Ollie: A dollar? We can't do much flinging on a dollar.
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Edited into Double Trouble (1953) See more »


The Sailor's Hornpipe
Opening bars played often in the score
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Eventful L&H comedy, beautifully filmed
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Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white)

During an eventful day out, Stan and Ollie become confused with their long-lost twin brothers, with far-reaching consequences.

The first of two films co-produced by Hal Roach and Stan Laurel (the other was WAY OUT WEST), this entertaining farce has 'class' written all over it. Beautifully photographed by acclaimed cinematographer Rudolph Maté (later the director of WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, amongst many others) and written by a couple of newcomers to the L&H universe (Felix Adler and Richard Connell) from the story 'The Money Box' by W.W. Jacobs, the film's elaborate plot line revolves around a series of comic coincidences involving the boys' uncomprehending wives (Betty Healey and the diminutive Daphne Pollard), a couple of gold-diggers (Iris Adrian and Lona Andre), a belligerent sea captain (Sidney Toler) and an incredulous restaurateur (Alan Hale). Though uncredited on the print itself, Laurel appears to have bolstered the screenplay with a number of 'typical' L&H routines - the movie opens on a shot of the boys and their wives passing teacups in an endless circle around the dinner table, for example - but these items are shoehorned into an extremely busy scenario which ends in a frantic dockside encounter with a couple of smart-looking gangsters (the equally smart-looking Ralf Harolde and Noel Madison). While there's laughs to be had from the convoluted plot developments and farcical situations, the movie lacks some of the charm and intimacy of L&H's shorter entries. Also starring Arthur Housman (a fabulous comic drunk in many similar movies) and L&H regular James Finlayson. Directed by Harry Lachman (DANTE'S INFERNO).

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