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Oliver the Eighth (1934)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annuncio matrimoniale See more »

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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 »

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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: Well I couldn't help it, I was dreaming I was awake - then I woke up and found meself asleep!
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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played on a bugle by Jack Barty
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Another hilarious misadventure for Laurel and Hardy!
5 December 2000 | by wishkah7See all my reviews

In this episode they play barbershop owners who write to a rich widow. But Stan's letter is rejected, and still wants to tag along with Ollie. Then, in a dream, they go to her mansion and encounter a kooky butler and Ollie becomes engaged to the widow only to find out later on that she's a homicidal maniac who's killed seven other Olivers and plans to make Ollie her eighth victim!

The funniest scenes were when Stan and Jitters were playing with invisible cards and doing that 'pick a card' trick! And the dinner scene with invisible food was another one of L&H's comical moments! And Jack Barty was hilarious as the crazed Jitters and Mae Busch was totally impeccable as the widow and other characters she played in L&H films, too!

This episode is for any L&H fan to see! I give it 4 stars!


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