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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 »

Director:

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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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

Stanley: The baby's crying.
Oliver: Of course he's crying. Will you put that floor lamp over here!
Stanley: But it won't reach.
Oliver: Certainly it won't reach. You have to pull the plug out of the socket. Here
[hands him baby's milk bottle]
Stanley: [immediately starts drinking from it]
Oliver: [grabs the cord and literally yanks it so hard that the socket casing comes out of the wall. A wierd noise is heard and a second later the socket casing hits him in the nose!] Ooooh!
Stanley: [startled spits out the milk he was drinking. The door phone starts ringing]
Oliver: [...]
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Connections

References Brats (1930) See more »

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But Not Their Last
28 December 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mae Busch, Oliver Hardy's wife, thinks he spends too much time with Stan Laurel. They decide that what she needs is a baby, so they go out and adopt one. When they return to the apartment, they find Mae is suing Ollie for divorce and Stan for alienation of affection. All well and good but what are the Boys going to do with a baby.

This is sometimes cited as the 'gayest' of the Laurel & Hardy shorts, and there;s something in that, but if so, it raises the implication only to make fun of it. Stan and Ollie are almost all the movie; the baby gets one close up to establish it as real, Miss Busch is gone after the first minute, Billy Gilbert plays a process server, and director George Marshall appears briefly as a neighbor.

THe gags are good, but there's no real ending. Apparently Stan and Ollie improvised so many gags, there wasn't time.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1932 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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