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The Bohemian Girl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 14 February 1936 (USA)
A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »


James W. Horne, Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers) | 1 more credit »


Michael William Balfe (opera) (as Balfe)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Thelma Todd ... Gypsy Queen's Daughter
Antonio Moreno ... Devilshoof
Darla Hood ... Arline as a Child
Julie Bishop ... Arline as an Adult (as Jacqueline Wells)
Mae Busch ... Ollie's Wife
William P. Carleton ... Count Arnheim
James Finlayson ... Captain Finn
Zeffie Tilbury ... Gypsy Queen
Mitchell Lewis ... Salinas
Felix Knight ... Gypsy Singer
Yogi Yogi ... 'Yogi' - the Mynah Talking Bird (as 'Yogi' The Myna talking bird)


A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. Not knowing her true identity, Oliver, with the help of "Uncle" Stanley, raises the girl as his own. Years later, Arline, still unaware of her noble birth, is caught trespassing on the Count's grounds and is thrown into the dungeon. Meanwhile, Stanley and Oliver pass the time playing "fingers" and bumblingly ply their trade picking pockets. Finally, just when Oliver needs his help to rescue Arline, Stanley gets drunk while siphoning wine into bottles. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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90 Mad-Merry Musical Moments! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Did You Know?


This was Thelma Todd's last screen appearance before her controversial, suspicious death at the age of 29. Todd died on December 15, 1935, nearly two month's before The Bohemian Girl (1936) was released. In an attempt to avoid associating the film with the notoriety surrounding the event, the plot was altered and many of her already-filmed scene clips were re-filmed & re-designed, differently. Her only featured scene that remains in the film was her musical number, "Heart of the Gypsy", near the beginning of the film. Even in this scene, her singing voice is dubbed. See more »


Stan and Ollie are covered in snow and sleeping in a cart. Arline calls them into the caravan for breakfast and go in with no snow on them. See more »


Stanley: You know what?
Oliver: What?
Stanley: I'm not going to say anything until I get positive proof, but I just saw Devilshoof kissing your wife.
Oliver: Ha-ha. Ridiculous!
Stanley: Do you believe me or believe what I see?
Oliver: Nothing of the kind.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1988 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »


Version of The Bohemian Girl (1927) See more »


Heart of a Gypsy
by Nathaniel Shilkret and Robert Shayon
Sung by The Gypsies (uncredited)
Also Sung by Thelma Todd (uncredited)
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Definitely not their worst film
26 December 2001 | by carverSee all my reviews

I disagree that this is the worst Laurel & Hardy film, but it is not their best either. The plot is simple and tedious with uninspired music, but the moments with Stan & Ollie still sparkle with crisp routines and character relationships. Stan's magic tricks are a real delight and Ollie's conflict with Mae Busch are classic. If you want the worst - check out "Utopia" - that's sadness personified.

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Release Date:

14 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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A Comedy Version of The Bohemian Girl See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


| (colorized)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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