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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)


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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 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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Release Date:

14 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comedy Version of The Bohemian Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Did You Know?


An aging Zeffie Tilbury was brought in to re shoot scenes of the Gypsy Queen. See more »


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Stanley: Don't worry about me. I can gyp that gypsy any time. You know, he's so dumb, he's thicker than mud.
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I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls
(1844) (uncredited)
from opera "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Sung by Julie Bishop (dubbed by Rosina Lawrence)
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Still enjoy it after seeing it several times
4 September 2010 | by non_sportcardandySee all my reviews

The first recollection I have of seeing Laurel and Hardy movies goes back to the 1950's when we would huddle around a TV set watching 15 minute shorts.The huddle was made up of grade school classmates and the reason for it was that not every family had a TV set at home.Most the time watching L&H I would end up laughing till I cried rolling around on the floor holding my sides because they hurt,unforgettable.Bohemian girl I remember enjoying even though in butchered up segments and knowing there must be more to it.Finally in the 1960's I would see the complete version and found it a jewel.There are so many funny lines and scenes in this movie.One of my favorites is after the Dandy has been duped of his valuables Oliver starts to put on airs to the point of rapping his new cane demanding service,real rags to riches.The opera part sets well with me especially the songs where the words are clear enough to be understood even though I've never been to an opera.What I like is the Gypsy theme with the setting,costumes and romanticism.For me it makes for something that I seek in movies...escapism.Part of this is brought about because some of the Gypsy parts were being played by persons with ethnic looks.Some times the movies really miss the target when casting persons in an ethnic part and I find it a distraction.On that subject the Gypsy Queen parts in this movie I would not miss if they were taken out.Laurel and Hardy don't have to look like Gypsies,no matter the setting they still are always Stan and Ollie.An opera that provides escapism combined with L&H is a total winner for me.

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