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Their First Mistake (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 5 November 1932 (USA)
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »

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George Marshall
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Arabella Hardy
Billy Gilbert ... Process Server
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Storyline

Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and Stanley can continue to carouse. But upon returning home with the infant, they find a process server with a divorce summons, and spend a sleepless night caring for the squalling baby. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy was married. Mr. Laurel was unhappy too.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adoptivbarnet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This may, by modern "out of the closet" standards, be considered the most homosexual of the Laurel-Hardy comedies. See more »

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The neighbour the Boys meet on the landing is clearly seen entering the bathroom further down the corridor but as Ollie enters his apartment the neighbour can be seen outside the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: What are you putting that cotton in your ears for?
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The One With The Baby
12 August 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I can`t rate THEIR FIRST MISTAKE as being one of the best L & H shorts . It`s basically a one trick pony of the boys trying to get a baby to sleep and .... well that`s it . It is impossible to dislike the slapstick pratfalls and there is a funny scene when Stan turns up at Oliver`s house to proclaim " I just came to tell Ollie that was me on the phone " but this was the only time I laughed out loud so I`ll only ever remember this as the one with the baby .

Oh hold on .... Mrs Hardy divorces Oliver because he spends too much time with Stan and later Stan and Ollie are seen sharing a bed . What an innocent time the 1930s were compared to today


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