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Twice Two (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | February 1933 (USA)
Stan and Ollie are married to each other's sisters, and plan a dinner party to celebrate their mutual anniversaries.

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James Parrott
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Stan Laurel / Mrs. Sandy Hardy
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy / Mrs. Fanny Laurel
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Storyline

Brain specialist Oliver and his secretary Stanley bicker over listening in on each other's phone calls. Nevertheless, plans procede to celebrate the anniversary of their weddings to each other's sisters. At home, preparations go awry as the two wives also get on each other's nerves. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laurel and Hardy: Twice Two See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One sequence that was scripted but not filmed involved a film projector. When Stan asks his 'sister' for a table cloth to use as a screen she pulls one from beneath a stack of dishes breaking them all. As Ollie attempts to drape it over a curtain rod Stan bumps into the chair he's standing on sending Ollie crashing through a window. Eventually every things set. The film starts running only it's upside down. A brief pause while it's reset but this time the image is backwards. Finally the film is running correctly showing exciting jungle scenes then a lion charges onto the screen. Stan lets out a yell and he and the ladies run out knocking the projector over and a free for all developes between the two couples. This sequence was probably scrapped because of the expensive optical work required to put the 'couples' in shot. See more »

Goofs

At one point Ollie's sister is sat at the table and a tattoo can be glimpsed on the inside of 'her' right arm , particularly if the frame is frozen,. It is believed to be connected to the masonic lodge that Ollie was a member of. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: Give me tutti-fruitty.
Soda Jerk: We haven't any!
Mrs. Laurel: [phone rings] Oh, there it goes again!
[answers it]
Mrs. Laurel: Hello? Well, get chocolate.
[hangs up]
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998) See more »

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Is it just me, or did this short seem a little creepy?!
13 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

To me, this is one of the team's creepier and less funny shorts. Stan and Ollie play dual roles--they play themselves and female versions of themselves. According to the strange plot, Stan and Ollie both have sisters that look exactly like them in drag AND they both marry each other's sister! Aside from being a very unbelievable and contrived idea for a short, it was also pretty weird seeing Stan and Ollie in drag and then marrying the other!! To make matters worse, the wives (in particular, the female version of Stanley) have horrid voices--the type that could get any person to stick an icepick in their ears to stop the pain!!! The novelty of the idea wears off pretty quickly, as the film features far fewer laughs than their average short. It frankly isn't one of their better efforts and is pretty skip-able unless you are like me--a die-hard fan.

For a similar type movie where the boys play dual roles, try watching the much funnier and better-made BRATS. In this film, Stan and Ollie play themselves and their kids. Technically speaking, this is an amazing film to watch and is a film worth seeing.


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