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Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 4 May 1929 (USA)
When Mrs. Hardy refuses to cook supper, Mr. Hardy decides to cook it for himself and for Mr. Laurel but things go wrong during a jealous mix-up with the next-door married couple.


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




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


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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Their first all talking comedy scream.


Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


This is the first time Mae Busch plays the combative Mrs. Hardy. She had previously played James Finlayson's gold digging former girlfriend in Love 'Em and Weep, in which both Laurel and Hardy had supporting roles. She would play Mrs Hardy again in Sons of the Desert and The Bohemian Girl. See more »


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

A reedited version, with intertitles, was released to those theatres not yet equiped for sound. See more »


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

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Strong offering with all the right elements
3 July 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE is the first of the 'talkie' Laurel & Hardy movies and it's another hit from the comedy duo. In fact, it's pretty impressive that the right formula was in place this early on in their partnership, and watching the film today you see plenty of the magic that made the duo shine.

The plot, which was extensively re-used for the later feature-length production of BLOCK-HEADS, sees Hardy bringing Laurel home for a steak dinner - only for everything, literally everything, to go wrong. There are plenty of slapstick gags when it comes to the meal preparation, although with fiery showdowns between Hardy and his wife, as well as a pair of neighbours who later become involved in the shenanigans.

UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE is well-shot and very fast paced (as you'd expect with it running at just 20 minutes) with plenty of gags to recommend it. Laurel is on particularly fine form with his expressions and mannerisms, for example his hilarious crying routine which features at the climax. Great stuff.

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4 May 1929 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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