Stan & Ollie (speaking phonetic French!), having been kicked out by their wives on a wintry night, attempt to smuggle their little dog into an apartment house where dogs are not allowed.

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Germaine De Neel ...
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This film combines the French language versions of two Laurel & Hardy short films, Be Big and Laughing Gravy, into a pseudo-feature in which the actors speak phonetic French. Commencing with Be Big: the boys fail to join their wives for a weekend in Atlantic City because they've been invited to a stag meeting of their lodge...but they never make it to their lodge, either, because Ollie gets his feet stuck in Stan's too-small boots. A title card explains that the boys have subsequently been kicked out by their wives, and are left with only their little dog, at which point begins Laughing Gravy: on a wintry night in an apartment house where pets are forbidden, the boys attempt to hide their dog, Laughing Gravy, from the landlord, but are threatened with expulsion. However [in a plot twist not found in the original English language version], Stan then receives a letter saying that he will inherit a fortune from his uncle if he leaves Ollie forever; the uncle blames Ollie for Stan's low ... Written by wmorrow59

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This French language film was produced simultaneously with the filming of the two English language Laurel and Hardy shorts Be Big! (1931) and Laughing Gravy (1931). The two shorts were edited together into one continuous film. Laurel and Hardy read their lines from cue cards on which French was written phonetically. At the time of early talkies, dubbing was not yet perfected. The same was done for a Spanish language version, Los calaveras (1931). See more »

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The vibrating reducing machine with a single belt--which Stanley clowns with while Ollie dons his boots--has somehow acquired a second belt, when shown in the background in subsequent shots. See more »

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Two shorts for the price of one!
30 August 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early era of the Talkies, Hollywood still didn't know how to properly dub a film into various languages. Considering that Laurel and Hardy were adored worldwide in the silent era, it's no wonder Hal Roach Studios decided to make many of its early Laurel and Hardy shorts in multiple versions for viewing in French, Spanish, Italian and German markets. This meant that the team made the various versions simultaneously and spoke their lines phonetically. This wasn't as difficult as it sounds, as the Laurel and Hardy films they made this way were big on action and had minimal dialog.

This film is quite different from most of the other foreign language films they made because instead of remaking one short, this one is actually two Laurel and Hardy films (LAUGHING GRAVY and BE BIG!) made in French and stretched to full-length. Also, if you'd like, there is a Spanish language version, LOS CALAVERAS, available. Combining the films was actually a good idea, as the films were well-paced and didn't seem heavily padded like the shorts. Overall, the film is as good as the English shorts but it's pretty obvious that the boys are NOT especially great at speaking in French. To native French men and women, it must be pretty appalling to hear them butcher the language!! Like BE BIG!, the plot initially consists of the boys trying to sneak out with their lodge-mates by pretending to be sick and Ollie getting his foot stuck in Stan's boot. Certainly NOT a great plot point, as it's way too simple, though the scene with the wives catching them was priceless. It was redone much better in the terrific feature-length film SONS OF THE DESERT--with the plot and dialog being much more polished. After this great confrontation scene, the film switches to LAUGHING GRAVY--and the boys are worried about being thrown out because they sneaked a dog into their room on a cold winter's night.

The film earns a 7 and is very good, though I must admit that the shorts they remade were not among the team's best--hence the relatively mediocre score compared to other Laurel and Hardy films.

By the way, the only way I know you can see this film is to see the UK version of the 21 DVD set of all the existing Laurel and Hardy films. Sadly, this will make it practically impossible for many to ever have a chance to see this curio.


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