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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Their First Mistake 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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Trivia

Filming began on September 21st 1932, shortly after they arrived back from their Summer vacation tour in which they visited New York, London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris in July and August. See more »

Goofs

Ollie is in bed next to the tray of milk bottles, while Stan is asleep in between him and the crying baby. Half asleep and not looking, Ollie "feeds" the milk bottle to Stan, thinking he is giving it to the baby. When the bottle is empty, Ollie gets another from the tray. As he moves it towards Stan, it is obvious the bottle is empty - the stripes on Ollie's pajamas can be seen through it. The camera cuts to include Stan, and now, as the bottle nears Stan's lips, it is full of milk. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: What did you strike that match for?
Stan: I wanted to see if the light switch was off.
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Taking Care Of Baby With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
19 March 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short. The Boys make THEIR FIRST MISTAKE when Stan convinces Ollie to adopt a tiny baby in order to placate his ferocious wife. Arriving home with the infant, the Boys discover that Mrs. Hardy has left him for good - leaving Stan & Ollie to look after the baby. This, of course, is something they are spectacularly ill-equipped to do.

Not much plot in this little film - plenty of sight gags, though. Stan's preparation to milk the baby is hilarious. That's Billy Gilbert as the process server & Mae Busch as Mrs. Hardy.


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