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Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 8 September 1928 (USA)
When Laurel visits Hardy at home, hi-jinx occur and the Mrs. orders them out. They go to a golf course where they try to impress two young ladies and wind up in a mud-slinging fight with other golfers.




Cast overview:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Mr. Hardy


Intent on enjoying a relaxing Sunday morning at home, instead, the Hardys come face-to-face with a cheerful and unannounced Stan who wants to take his friend out to the local golf course. After a string of domestic disasters, the boys head to the golf club and team up with a pair of charming young ladies; however, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, as impatient golfers and loads of sticky wet mud threaten to ruin Stan and Ollie's day. Who will prevail in the long and exciting mud-throwing contest? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Short


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When Stan is first seen knocking on Ollie's door scuff marks from later being hit with a club are visible. When they shut the door upon leaving, the scuff marks are gone. See more »


Referenced in Men O'War (1929) See more »

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Gone golfing
15 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

While not classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better, 'Should Married Men Go Home?' is enjoyable fun. Not one of their best from their 1928 output but it is an improvement on their previous effort. In some of their previous work, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in most of the previous outings had too little to do. 'Should Married Men Go Home?' is good, is far from a misfire and feels like a Laurel and Hardy short rather than a short featuring them.

'Should Married Men Go Home?' is flimsy in story, and doesn't feel quite enough for the short's length.

The rest of the characters are not as interesting and the momentum at the start isn't as lively as once we get to the golf course.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious. It is wonderful seeing Hardy having more to do and he is on Laurel's level. The chemistry is certainly much more here than in previous outings of theirs, namely because there's more of them together and it was starting to feel like a partnership. Support is nice if not as inspired.

Both Laurel and Hardy have great moments, especially the climactic mud-slinging fight which is one of the boys' funniest moments of their early work. The record and drug-store sequences are also terrific.

A good deal of the humour is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny if not always hilarious, with everything going at a lively pace and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going. It looks good too and is competently directed.

On the whole, pretty good and enjoyable. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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