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Their Purple Moment (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 19 May 1928 (USA)
Stan and Ollie hold out money from their paychecks from their shrewish wives so they can enjoy a night out on the town... with predictable results.

Directors:

James Parrott, Fred Guiol (uncredited)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Pincher
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Anita Garvin Anita Garvin ... Oliver's girlfriend
Kay Deslys Kay Deslys ... Mr. Pincher's girlfriend
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Mrs. Pincher
Tiny Sandford ... Waiter (as S.J. Sandford)
Lyle Tayo Lyle Tayo ... Mrs. Hardy
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Cab driver
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver sneak out for a night on the town, unaware that Mrs. Laurel has substituted her grocery coupons for Stanley's secret stash of mad money. Of course, this results in dire consequences when the boys run up a huge tab treating a couple of girls to dinner at a snazzy nightclub. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ihre Sternstunde See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Baby Face
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Not their greatest moment
14 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

After their previous 1928 efforts saw a step in the right direction and the two were starting to hit their stride while still evolving, 'Their Purple Moment' sees a couple of steps backwards and something of a disappointment. Certainly far from terrible and it is a long way from a misfire of theirs (up to this point '45 Minutes from Hollywood' was the only one to fit this distinction), but 'Their Purple Moment' is far from a gem. It is a shame because their previous 1928 efforts were so promising and the concept here was not a bad one.

Laurel and Hardy's work was never known to have particularly great stories, which tended to be the weakest element. 'Their Purple Moment' is no exception, on top of being flimsy it is also more predictable, hackneyed and repetitive than most with outcomes being easily foreseeable and some of the content being hit and miss as well as rather repetitive at times.

The pace sometimes could have been tighter. 'Their Purple Moment's' weak link is the ending, a real fizzler that is rushed, uninspired and somewhat tasteless.

On the other hand, Laurel and Hardy are more than very amusing, particularly Laurel, and they work well together. Three quarters of 'Their Purple Moment' does mostly amuse and has some fun and well timed moments and gags.

It's not dull, is competently directed, has a nice supporting cast and holds up quite well visually.

All in all, definitely worthwhile but not a Laurel and Hardy essential. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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