Stan lies to his wife about going to a nightclub with Ollie but Mrs. Laurel overhears the plot and outsmarts them both.

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In this Spanish-language version of "Blotto" bachelor Oliver wants henpecked Stan to go out with him to a Prohibition-era nightclub, so they plan a ruse to get him out of the house. The fiery Mrs. Laurel overhears their plans and replaces the contents of Stan's hidden bottle of liquor with tea and spices. While the boys are at the club enjoying the dancers and the speakeasy-type atmosphere, they imbibe the concoction with seltzer water. The power of suggestion causes them to act like sloppy drunks, but the sight of a hot-tempered Mrs. Laurel with a shotgun quickly sobers them up. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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19 April 1930 (Spain)  »

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Cantando na Chuva  »

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"Blotto", the English language version, runs only 26 minutes. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Une nuit extravagante (1930) See more »

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The Spanish language version of BLOTTO ain't bad--but also a lot longer due to heavy padding.
23 August 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

BLOTTO was one of Laurel and Hardy's better shorts. However, most people today don't realize that for a while the team made multiple versions of their sound shorts because they hadn't perfected dubbing and didn't want to use subtitles for the European releases. As a result, there are Spanish, German, French and Italian versions available of many of the team's English language films and they're worth a look--particularly for devoted fans like myself.

While I am NOT fluent in Spanish, I am reasonably comfortable with the language so that watching this film after I've already seen BLOTTO made viewing pretty easy. Plus it's obvious that the boys didn't really know the language well and their slow and poorly accented Spanish is easy for me and should be for many non-Spanish speakers to follow. Because there aren't that many speaking parts in the film other than Stan and Ollie, you don't need to worry much about understanding the rest of the cast. Stan's wife in the film is a native Spanish speaker but I found her pretty easy to follow as well.

The plot is pretty simple. Ollie wants Stan to go out to a night club with him but Stan's wife wants him to stay home. So Stan concocts a lame plan to sneak out and have the wife think he was called away to work. She's no dummy and listens in on him and Ollie planning this, so she substitutes the bottle of liquor Stan is planning on sneaking with some fake booze. The boys arrive at the club--thinking they're pulling a fast one. They also think they are getting drunk as they drink the concoction. In the meantime, Stan's wife goes to buy a gun--a rather extreme overreaction if you ask me!! Through the first half to two-thirds of the film, it was very close to the original English. However, they added some filler late in the film--night club dance numbers, etc. I assume this must have been because many Hispanic countries had a need for a slightly longer film so it was padded a bit. While not all are completely bad, it did slow down the pace of the film and detract from Stan and Ollie--and to me, the less of them the poorer the picture. The worst was the unattractive and untalented lady dancing with a balloon--what a waste of time! Still, it's well worth seeing--especially so you can brag to your friends that you saw this seldom-seen film.

FYI--Years later, "The Honeymooners" ripped off the plot idea and variations of it have appeared on other sit-coms as well.


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