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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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A rare instance of Stan not using his real name for his character although Ollie does. 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 »


Title card: [Opening lines] Dedicated to husbands who "hold out" part of their pay envelope on their wives - And live to tell about it...
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Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »


Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Instrumental version in restoration background music
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Tiny dancers.
5 January 2021 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Once again I seem to be in the minority: I think that Their Purple Moment sees Laurel and Hardy in fine form. It starts with Stan (playing Mr. Pincher) being waylaid by his battle-axe wife at the front door, the woman demanding the poor guy's wages. However, Mr. Pincher has been holding back a few dollars from each pay packet in preparation for a special night out with his pal Ollie.

Pretending to be going ten-pin bowling, the two men sneak off for a wild time at a boozy joint where they hook up with a couple of young women. The foursome tuck into big steaks and pints of beer while enjoying a dancing midget cabaret act, but when it comes to settling the bill, Mr. Pincher realises that his wife has found his hidden cash and replaced it with grocery coupons.

Laurel's facial expressions after he discovers that he has no money are hilarious, alternating between confusion to utter dismay; Hardy's face is also a treat when he sees that they are skint. Together, the pair try to leave the establishment without paying, but must avoid their wive (who have tracked them down) while also dodging angry staff.

In addition to the funny expressions, the dancing midgets, and the angry sped-up wives striding down the street, viewers are also treated to Laurel doing one of his fancy tricks (catapulting a spoon into a glass), and a messy finalé in the kitchen that sees lots of grub being hurled (others seem to find the ending something of a let down, but I love a good food fight!).

Admittedly, the originally planned ending involving Stan and Ollie pretending to be midgets to escape the club might have been even better, but this is still worth at least 7/10 in my book.

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19 May 1928 (USA) See more »

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Silent | Mono (musical score)

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1.33 : 1
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