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We Faw Down (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 29 December 1928 (USA)
Stan & Ollie attempt to fool their wives by sneaking out to a poker game, but instead get involved with two flirty ladies, one of whom is the girlfriend of a jealous boxer.


Leo McCarey


H.M. Walker (titles)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Vivien Oakland ... Mrs. Hardy
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Laurel
Kay Deslys ... Kelly's girlfriend
Vera White Vera White ... Kay's friend


Itching to sneak off to a thrilling poker game, Stan and Ollie pretend they have a business engagement with their boss at the Orpheum Theatre. Instead, the boys end up in the apartment of two charming young ladies after gallantly retrieving their hat, only to come face to face with a menacing boyfriend. Can Ollie describe his sinful afternoon? Will a loaded double-barrelled shotgun help refresh his memory? Written by Nick Riganas

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As he does in "Big Business", Stan calls out "Babe" at one point to get Oliver Hardy's attention. Babe was Hardy's nickname, and since this was a silent, and they hadn't yet achieved their greatest fame, it wasn't re-shot. See more »


Returning home they're seen from the outside entering the house with Stan having his hat in his hand but the shot from inside looking out he has it on his head. See more »


Remade as Sons of the Desert (1933) See more »

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The precursor of SONS OF THE DESERT
18 March 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Silent

(Black and white - Short film)

Stan 'n' Ollie get mixed up with a couple of floozies (Kay Deslys and Vera White) after setting out to visit a theatre which burns down in their absence! Needless to say, their tyrannical wives (Vivien Oakland and Bess Flowers) are not amused...

Leo McCarey's OK comedy laid the narrative framework for William Seiter's masterpiece SONS OF THE DESERT (1934), with L&H playing brow-beaten victims of circumstance, forced to tell a monstrous lie which backfires in spectacular fashion. Much of it is very funny, especially the scene in which Stan is teased by Deslys, leading to a violent game of push and shove. However, some of the fun is undercut by Oakland and Flowers, playing their roles completely straight, which adds an element of unpleasantness to the 'henpecked husband' scenario. Originally released in the UK as WE SLIP UP.

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Release Date:

29 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aviomiehet poikamiesten teillä See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Vitaphone (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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