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Sons of the Desert (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 29 December 1933 (USA)
When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

Frank Craven (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
Charley Chase ... Charley - Son of the Desert from Texas
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Lottie Hardy
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Betty Laurel
Lucien Littlefield ... Dr. Horace Meddick
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Storyline

So that he and Stan can sneak away to Chicago and attend the annual "Sons of the Desert" lodge convention, Ollie pretends to be sick, and gets a doctor (who turns out to be a veterinarian) to prescribe a long ocean voyage to Hawaii. Decked out in leis and strumming ukeleles, they return home only to learn that the ship supposedly carrying them has sunk. Their hastily- contrived tale of "ship-hiking" their way back cuts no ice with their wives, who've been at the movies watching a newsreel of the lodge's convention parade, starring... guess who? Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Taglines:

LONGER and LOUDER LAUGHS AS THESE HEN-PECKED HUSBANDS STEP OUT! (Print Ad- Advance-News, ((Ogdensburg NY)) 21 January 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fraternally Yours See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original script, the parade scene was to have included an extended sequence of the boys causing mayhem as they participate in--and subsequently ruin--a bicycle procession. The scene was not used in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Ollie says that they ship hiked home after being shipwrecked. Stan puts his right elbow on Ollie's knee but when the shot moves from close up to long shot it's Stan's hand that is then on Ollie's knee. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sons of the Desert chorus: [the members sing "Auld Lang Syne"] And here's a hand, my trusty friend, and gie's a hand o' thine, / We'll take a cup of kindness now, for Auld Lang Syne.
Exalted Exhausted Ruler: [the song concludes, and the Exalted Ruler calls the meeting to order as he hits the podium with a gavel] Brothers, Sons of the Desert, we are all familiar with the business of this special meeting. This Oasis must meet the situation with determination.
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Alternate Versions

The opening MGM lion has been removed from all available prints. See more »

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Remade as Ambrose in Trouble (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root
Contained in "We Are the Sons of the Desert" Song
Reprised by the orchestra at the convention in Chicago
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The most pleasant comedy
10 October 2001 | by AaronHR1981See all my reviews

It's really the only good full-length Laurel & Hardy movie that isn't distracted by a sub-plot, therefore an interesting story develops, and we get to see more of Laurel & Hardy. This movie more than any other just lets us laugh at the two characters we love best: Stan and Ollie. We see them as kids, sneaking around to a juvenile convention to escape the clutches of their motherly, domineering wives. There are some great sequences, and some truly hilarious moments. Stan is especially at his best, and the sequence where Ollie is sick is classic. "Why did you get a veterinarian?" "I didn't think his religion would make any difference."

A must for any Laurel & Hardy fan, and indeed a must for everyone who enjoys an utterly pleasant experience and a truly divine comedy.


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