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Their Purple Moment (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 19 May 1928 (USA)
Stan and Ollie hold out money from their paychecks from their shrewish wives so they can enjoy a night out on the town... with predictable results.


James Parrott, Fred Guiol (uncredited)


H.M. Walker (titles)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Pincher
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Anita Garvin ... Oliver's Girlfriend
Kay Deslys ... Mr. Pincher's Girlfriend
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Mrs. Pincher
Tiny Sandford ... Waiter (as S.J. Sandford)
Lyle Tayo ... Mrs. Hardy
Leo Willis ... Taxicab Driver


Stanley and Oliver sneak out for a night on the town, unaware that Mrs. Laurel has substituted her grocery coupons for Stanley's secret stash of mad money. Of course, this results in dire consequences when the boys run up a huge tab treating a couple of girls to dinner at a snazzy nightclub. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Stan and Ollie go into a club for a meal and meet a couple of ladies who have been abandoned by their dates and left with the bill. Ollie takes care of the bill and orders meals for himself and Stan and new meals for the ladies. Having just had meals why would the ladies want another one. See more »


When Stan knocks on the front door and enters the door is completely different in the interior shot. It's the same when Ollie and his wife enter. See more »


  • She found my hideout! - She's a bloodhound!...

Mr. Pincher:
  • My wife'll never find mine! - I'm a weasel!...

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Featured in 4 Clowns (1970) See more »


Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Instrumental version in restoration background music
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Not their best film moment
27 October 2005 | by BJJManchesterSee all my reviews

The Laurel and Hardy team was now reasonably well established at this time in 1928,but for some reason THEIR PURPLE MOMENT takes one or two steps back;Stan is billed as 'Mr.Pincher'and not Mr.Laurel,and a proposed final scene involving an escape from the night club involving a midget troupe was removed before the film's release,and replaced with a rushed,rather(for L & H)hackneyed final pie throwing sequence.Still,there are some very funny moments,especially with a waiter who keeps on falling into a tray of mashed potatoes;these gags were reworked into the following year's THAT'S MY WIFE(1929).Edgar Kennedy was apparently in these deleted scenes.

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19 May 1928 (USA) See more »

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Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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