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Our Relations (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 October 1936 (USA)
Two pairs of long-lost twin brothers experience high jinks involving a valuable ring, cases of mistaken identity, and gangsters.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

W.W. Jacobs (suggested by story "The Money Box" by), Richard Connell (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel / Alf Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver 'Ollie' Hardy / Bert Hardy
Alan Hale ... Joe Grogan -Denker's waiter
Sidney Toler ... Captain of SS Periwinkle
Daphne Pollard ... Mrs. Daphne Hardy
Betty Brown Betty Brown ... Mrs. Betty 'Bubbles' Laurel (as Betty Healy)
James Finlayson ... Finn - The Chief Engineer
Iris Adrian ... Alice
Lona Andre ... Lily
Ralf Harolde ... Gangster Boss
Noel Madison ... Second Gangster at Pirate's Club
Arthur Housman ... Drunk
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Storyline

Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain. All four get involved in multiple cases of mistaken identity as a gang of hoodlums try to steal the ring Stanley and Oliver wind up with their feet in cement, about to be dumped into the harbor. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Two Innocent Sailors on a Holiday...But They Ended Up All at Sea... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

30 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sailors' Downfall See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (colorized)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

King Edward VIII (aka Duke of Windsor) of Great Britain requested a command performance screening of the film in October of 1936, before it was released. See more »

Goofs

When Stan and Ollie enter Denker's with their wives, a shot behind Alice and Liliy shows cocktail glasses on the table. The next shot, in front of them, has the beer glasses from the first encounter with Bert and Alf. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Betty 'Bubbles' Laurel: Stan and Oliver have been arrested. And they haven't any clothes on! And they've taken them to the police station. Oh!
Mrs. Daphne Hardy: Oh, this is a fine state of affairs!
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Alternate Versions

Cut to a one-reel version with the title "Sailors' Downfall". See more »

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Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Godfrey Marks
In the score when the S.S. Periwinkle docks
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Eventful L&H comedy, beautifully filmed
11 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

OUR RELATIONS

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white)

During an eventful day out, Stan and Ollie become confused with their long-lost twin brothers, with far-reaching consequences.

The first of two films co-produced by Hal Roach and Stan Laurel (the other was WAY OUT WEST), this entertaining farce has 'class' written all over it. Beautifully photographed by acclaimed cinematographer Rudolph Maté (later the director of WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, amongst many others) and written by a couple of newcomers to the L&H universe (Felix Adler and Richard Connell) from the story 'The Money Box' by W.W. Jacobs, the film's elaborate plot line revolves around a series of comic coincidences involving the boys' uncomprehending wives (Betty Healey and the diminutive Daphne Pollard), a couple of gold-diggers (Iris Adrian and Lona Andre), a belligerent sea captain (Sidney Toler) and an incredulous restaurateur (Alan Hale). Though uncredited on the print itself, Laurel appears to have bolstered the screenplay with a number of 'typical' L&H routines - the movie opens on a shot of the boys and their wives passing teacups in an endless circle around the dinner table, for example - but these items are shoehorned into an extremely busy scenario which ends in a frantic dockside encounter with a couple of smart-looking gangsters (the equally smart-looking Ralf Harolde and Noel Madison). While there's laughs to be had from the convoluted plot developments and farcical situations, the movie lacks some of the charm and intimacy of L&H's shorter entries. Also starring Arthur Housman (a fabulous comic drunk in many similar movies) and L&H regular James Finlayson. Directed by Harry Lachman (DANTE'S INFERNO).


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