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The Devil's Brother (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 5 May 1933 (USA)
Two wannabe bandits join the service of a dashing nobleman, who secretly masquerades as Fra Diavolo, a notorious outlaw.

Directors:

Hal Roach, Charley Rogers (co-director) (as Charles Rogers)

Writer:

Jeanie Macpherson (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis King ... Fra Diavolo / Marquis de San Marco
Thelma Todd ... Lady Pamela
James Finlayson ... Lord Rocburg
Lucile Browne ... Zerlina
Arthur Pierson ... Lorenzo
Henry Armetta ... Matteo
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Francesco
Lane Chandler ... Lieutenant
Nina Quartero ... Rita (as Nena Quartaro)
Wilfred Lucas ... Alessandro
James C. Morton ... Woodchopper
Stan Laurel ... Stanlio
Oliver Hardy ... Ollio
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Storyline

At Stanlio's urging, Ollio foists himself off as the dread singing bandit Fra Diavolo and unknowingly attempts to rob the notorious brigand himself. As punishment, Diavolo orders Stanlio to hang Ollio, but gives them a second chance when Stanlio bungles the job. Taking them on as his retainers, Diavolo travels to the Tavern de Cucu in his guise as the foppish Marquis de San Marco to rob the rich, aged Lord Rocburg and woo beauteous Lady Pamela. Stanlio drives Ollio and the innkeeper to distraction by playing "earsie kneesie nosie" and "finger wiggle," and gets drunk helping Ollio fill tankards of wine, sending him into an uncontrollable laughing fit. The boys plot to capture Diavolo but wind up with him in front of a firing squad. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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You'll revel in this glamorous musical romance, with Dennis King, star with a Voice of Gold...you'll laugh at Laurel and Hardy with their hilarious, intoxicating comedy...you'll be enthralled by the magnetic beauty of Thelma Todd, and you'll thrill at the magnificent spectacle, all crowded into a gay and glorious comic opera of love and laughter. (Print Ad- The Telegraph, ((Brisbane, Queensland)) 24 November 1933) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Virtuous Tramps See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film originally previewed at 117 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Position of the noose during the hanging sequence. See more »

Quotes

Stanlio: You know, this is gonna hurt you more than it does me. Put yourself in my place.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are listed on a scroll at the beginning of the movie. All the performers appear to have signed their own names to the list. See more »

Alternate Versions

'Cry Babes, "East Comem, Easy Go" and "In Trouuble" were shortened edited versions created specifically for TV. See more »

Connections

Version of Fra Diavolo (1912) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
In the score often for Laurel and Hardy's antics
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Reportedly Stan Laurel's favorite, and mine, too
30 January 2005 | by rbsjrxSee all my reviews

As someone else mentioned, when Laurel & Hardy ventured into feature length films, they often adapted operettas. This is the best of the lot, although "The Bohemian Girl" runs a close second. This is L&H at the top of their form. I've seen every L&H film still extant, and this definitely ranks in the top five.

The plot stays fairly close to the operetta in most major details, but adds genius bits of comic business for Stan & Ollie. The catchiest tune in the original, the "Romanze" (or Diablo's theme) is retained and used as a center piece for some of the funniest bits in the show.

For those who can appreciate Stan Laurel's sublime comedic genius (he was the brains and creative force of the duo), I can't recommend this highly enough.


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