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
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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 »
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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