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Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 4 May 1929 (USA)
Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall,... See full summary »

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H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollver Hardy
Edgar Kennedy ... Officer Kennedy
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Hardy
Thelma Todd ... Mrs. Kennedy
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Storyline

Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall, volunteers to help out, but the boys' bumbling soon has her dress on fire. Her husband, a policeman, investigates the ruckus just as Oliver gets the now partially-unclad Mrs. Kennedy hidden in a trunk. Kennedy's boasting of how he handles his own womanizing backfires when his wife pops out of the trunk and blackens his eye. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hardy has returned and wonders what all the noise is coming from next door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Their Last Word See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(silent) | (sound)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

No less than 3 versions of this short were produced. Like many producers of the sound transition era, Hal Roach was bewildered as to which of the competing sound technologies would take hold and hedged his bets by producing a sound-on-disk version (Victor disc hybrid featuring a synchronized music score and sound effects designed to compete with Warner's Vitaphone system), a sound-on-film version (Western Electric's system) and a silent version with title cards. The original sound-on-film version is believed to be lost and for 50+ years this short had only been seen in it's silent form. A rare Victor disc soundtrack was discovered in the late 1970's and the audio has been reconstructed in the talkie version seen today. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, good evening, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Good evening, Mrs Kennedy. This my friend, Mrs Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy: Good evening.
Ollver Hardy: I brought him home for dinner, Mrs Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, how lovely of you, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: How is Mr Kennedy, Mrs Kennedy?
Mrs. Kennedy: Oh, he's very well, thank you, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Is Mr Kennedy home, Mrs Kennedy?
Mrs. Kennedy: No he isn't, Mr Hardy. I must be going. Good night, Mr Hardy.
Ollver Hardy: Good night, Mrs Kennedy.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating on both sound and silent versions. All cuts were waived in 1987 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »

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A Sound Debut
2 July 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Considering this was the boy's first talkie the title of this short is quite cute and the film itself is pretty good. There's certainly not that much evidence that L&H were embarking on what was essentially a new career in sound. It must have been a real bonus for their fans to discover how well suited each one's voice was suited to their character. The film's plot is a familiar one of marital spats and misunderstandings culminating in L&H trying to conceal their comely semi-naked neighbour (a sexy Thelma Todd) from Ollie's shrewish wife (Mae Busch) and Todd's jealous husband (Edgar Kennedy).

There's some interesting experimentation with sound here. Hardy and Busch's dialogue overlaps as they argue and it's oddly compelling - as well as funny. The physical comedy is still there too, with numerous pratfalls and a couple of explosions. All in all, an accomplished sound debut from the boys..


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