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La vida nocturna (1930)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  19 April 1930 (Spain)
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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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Cantando na Chuva  »

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This film was simultaneously produced in a French language version, Une nuit extravagante (1930) and an English language version, Blotto (1930) with the actors speaking their own lines. For the non-English languages, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy read their lines from cue cards on which the appropriate language was printed phonetically. At the time of early talkies, dubbing was not yet practical. See more »

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An almost lost comedy classic.
13 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

In the early days of talking pictures, technology for dubbing or subtitling films for foreign markets didn't exsist. What film-makers had to do was to go back and RE-SHOOT the entire film in whatever language, Spanish, French, or German. English speaking actors had to learn these languages on the spot, often reading from off-camera blackboards.

In the case of Laurel and Hardy, the two boys do very well with Spanish. This short is a Spanish re-shoot of one of their best shorts, BLOTTO. Here the boys skip off to a speak-easy. Stan's annoyed wife decides to sabotage the booze bottle he is to bring along. The second half of the short takes place in the speakeasy where the boys cause more havoc than Godzilla through Tokyo. You don't understand what is happening, because it's all in Spanish.

And then there's this very strange exotic dancer who comes in and performs at the speak-easy. A terrific comedy short.


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