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Our Wife (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 16 May 1931 (USA)
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

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Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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Storyline

Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, not to mention the accompanying Stan. They find a Justice of the Peace to perform he ceremony, but the official's cross-eyed condition results in unintended consequences. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy was making big preparations to get married- Mr. Laurel was taking a bath too.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor dulce amor See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

When Ollie tells Stan about his plans to elope, he mentions it's "strictly on the qui vive." What he meant to say was "on the QT", which means to keep quiet. "Qui vive" is French for "on the lookout." See more »

Goofs

When Dulcy's father (James Finlayson) is speaking with his daughter about her upcoming wedding plans (and learns, to his horror, that her intended is Ollie), the maid is seen standing in the background in Dulcy's room. However, when Fin exits the room in a rage and locks the door behind him, the maid and a butler are on the other side of the door in the hallway. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I'd like to see Mr. Hardy.
Finlayson's Butler: Hardy?
Stan: Yeah, he's going to elope with Dulcy.
Ollie: [hears him from behind a bush] Ohhhhhhhhh!
Finlayson's Butler: Elope?
[slams the door]
Finlayson's Butler: Elope!
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Connections

Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Some inspired falls
27 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

On the day of Hardy's wedding, spirits are high, Laurel even has a bath. However when the bride's father sees a picture of the intended groom he forbids the wedding. Hardy plans to elope with his bride and sends Laurel to get a car. When their plans are exposed it is a race to get to a JP to perform the ceremony.

A lively short that sticks quite closely to it's plot without too much in the way of side plots acting as filler. The main jokes here come from physical work without too much in the way of banter from the duo. This is fine though, as much of it is good. Two major falls in particular are almost inspired – witness Finlayson's falls just after seeing Hardy's photo, culminating in a dive down some stairs, and then Hardy taken down an entire room with one trip.

The plot fizzles out a little towards the end as there is no real physical stuff in the final few minutes and nothing of value really replaces it, however for the majority it is very funny. Laurel and Hardy are good value, although Laurel is in the background a little for this one. Hardy's falls take the focus and he does well indeed. The high point of the film for me was hearing Finlayson `d'oh'ing more than usual – truly the original Homer!

Overall this is an enjoyable short – especially if you like their pratfalls more than their banter.


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