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Oliver the Eighth (1934)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 13 January 1934 (USA)
Keen on climbing the social ladder by marrying a rich widow, Oliver finds the nerve to cheat on his partner, Stanley, unbeknownst to him that her favourite hobby is murder. Now, it seems that he is next. Who can save Oliver the Eighth?

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Lloyd French
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Fox - Widow
Jack Barty Jack Barty ... Jitters the Butler
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Storyline

Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of marriage from the widow, he sets off to start a life of wealth and ease. But just then Stanley discovers his unsent letter and demands to be brought along. At the widow's home, they're informed by the creepy butler that his mistress is crazy; having been jilted once by another Oliver, her hobby now is marrying all the Olivers she can find and then slitting their throats. So far, there've been seven Olivers. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annuncio matrimoniale 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

When Mrs Fox Mae Busch receives Ollie's letter, a close-up (insert) shows that the return address is "Oliver Hardy / 201 Spring Street / Los Angeles, Calif." and the letter is addressed to "Box 204J. / Los Angeles / Los Angeles". The postmark, which appears to be an authentic Post Office cancellation, says "Culver City, Calif." and bears the date of "Jan 8, 10:30AM, 1934". The Hal Roach Studios were in Culver City, and this short was released on 13 January 1934. See more »

Goofs

When Stan is eating the "soup", he unbuttons some of his waistcoat buttons, but when he walks out of the room, they are buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: [giving his famous shrill whistle as Jitters walks away after picking up the imaginary cards] HREEE-yer-REET!
[Jitters turns and comes back]
Stanley: You dropped one.
Jitters the butler: [obligingly reaches down to pick up another imaginary card] Oh - - thank you!
Oliver: [in a disgusted mocking tone] 'You DROPPED one' - - HUMPH!
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Sitting on Top of the World
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung a cappella briefly by Oliver Hardy
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A Very Dark Comedy
3 August 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This was made in 1934 ! One thing I hadn`t realised untill I saw this film again on BBC 2 a couple of days ago was that a lonely hearts column is used to kick start the plot , a lonely hearts column in 1934 ?Here`s me thinking sad anoraks and wall flowers sending off ads to publications in order to meet equally desperate people was a relatively recent concept . Mind you I thought the same about post modernism untill I saw the Bing and Bob ROAD TO... movies so what do I know ?

Anyway as some of the other reviewers on this page have noted this has a very strange , very dark feel to it . In many ways it feels like Stan and Oliver have walked into a film based on a work of Edgar Allan Poe , and for the first time watching the season of L&H shorts on BBC 2 I couldn`t help noticing gaps in logic in the story , watch OLIVER THE EIGHTH and I promise you that you`ll be saying " Hey , why didn`t they ....? " . Despite these criticisms this certainly one of the better shorts , the bedroom scenes had me laughing out loud , but not for the first time we`re treated to a really bad cop out ending . Oh well nothing is perfect


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