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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.

Directors:

James Parrott, Fred Guiol (uncredited)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harhateillä See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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

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Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer (as Nat D. Dyer)
Instrumental version in restoration background music
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Definitely one of the boy's best
4 September 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This silent Laurel & Hardy short falls short of the boy's usually high standards, due largely to a dearth of fresh ideas. They play the usual henpecked husbands, this time married to a couple of shrewish, tight-fisted battleaxes who commandeer the boy's wages the moment they walk through the door. Canny Stan has been hiding the occasional rolled up note under the collar of his shirt and squirreling it away. When Ollie gets wind of Stan's stash he decides they'll go out on the town and blow it all. Unknown to the boys, however, Mrs Stan has discovered her husband's hiding place and replaced the real money with fake cigar store notes.

It would be nice to write that much hilarity ensues, but unfortunately that just isn't the case with this one. There's barely a smile raised in the first five minutes – although this fallow period is brought to an end by a great sight gag involving the boys abandoning a rapid pursuit of a couple of pretty young girls when they realise their wives are watching. Having escaped the wives the boys end up wining and dining a couple of slight psychotic gold-diggers in a swanky restaurant, which is when Stan discovers to his horror that his money has been switched.

It's almost as if everyone was working to a looming deadline with this one and just threw anything at the screen that they thought might raise even a small laugh. There are very few fresh ideas and not a lot of laughs, and the camera spends far too much time studying Laurel's expressions as they alternate between fear, confusion and not-quite-with-it attempts to make sense of what has happened. The boys try to make their escape but keep inadvertently drawing attention to themselves as they do so, and the film ends weakly in the restaurant's kitchen with each character receiving a pie in the face or over the head in turn. Definitely not one of the boy's best.


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