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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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Captain of SS Periwinkle
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Mrs. Betty 'Bubbles' Laurel (as Betty Healy)
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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. 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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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Fast Furious Funny Full-Length Feature

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Double Trouble  »

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A contemporary Hollywood Reporter production chart listed Wade Boteler, Jerry Mandy, and Harry Bowen as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At c.22 minutes Laurel emerges from the telephone booth with no sign of the milk he had been drenched with seconds before. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: I'll have a nice, tall, cold flagon of beer.
Stan: And two straws.
Joe Grogan: [comes back to the table with beer and straws] That'll be a quarter.
Ollie: A quarter? For this?
[indicates the beer]
Joe Grogan: No, ten cents for the beer and fifteen cents for the straws.
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Referenced in Kovanaama (1954) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Consistently amusing rather than hilariously funny but still enjoyable
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While Stan and Oliver sit at home eating dinner they get a letter from Oliver's mother with a picture of them with their twin brothers. Deciding it best to keep their brothers a secret from their other halves, they burn the picture. Unbeknownst to them though, these very twins have just arrived in town on a boat. Albert and Bert are not the smartest though and, before hitting the town, they allow Chief Engineer Finn to take their money to "invest" it. This means that they have no real cash when they go ashore to deliver a valuable ring for the captain. However when they meet two young ladies with expensive tastes they find themselves in a bit of a pickle.

The old "twin brothers/mistaken identity" plot is hardly the stuff of narrative gold, so I was a bit concerned that the plot would be terrible with this film. However this is actually very precisely structured for a Laurel and Hardy film and, although the plot is hardly convincing, it is very neat and tidy and moves along well. Even if the plot had been poor though, it is the laughs that matter and this film consistently delivers amusing moments even if it doesn't have much in the way of standout scenes. I was tickled all the way through it rather than roaring with laughter but this gentle humour was still enough for me.

Laurel and Hardy are both good but they weren't totally themselves. Laurel enjoyed his usual character but Hardy was given fewer withering looks which is a shame as he does them so well. Finalyson has a bigger role than normal but really I felt him more effective in short film roles that relied on his physical work rather than his delivery. Hale is enjoyable as the waiter, while Housmann is a good drunk.

Overall a solid and enjoyable Laurel & Hardy film that is a pretty tight production by their standards. Not the funniest vehicle you will find for them but certainly more than enough to please their fans.


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