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Oliver the Eighth (1934)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 13 January 1934 (USA)
Keen on climbing the social ladder by marrying a rich widow, Oliver finds the nerve to cheat on his partner, Stanley, unbeknownst to him that her favourite hobby is murder. Now, it seems that he is next. Who can save Oliver the Eighth?

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Lloyd French
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver
Mae Busch ... Mrs. Fox - Widow
Jack Barty Jack Barty ... Jitters the Butler
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Storyline

Barbershop owners Stanley and Oliver both answer a personal ad from a rich widow seeking a husband. Oliver hides Stanley's reply and mails just his own. When Oliver receives a proposal of marriage from the widow, he sets off to start a life of wealth and ease. But just then Stanley discovers his unsent letter and demands to be brought along. At the widow's home, they're informed by the creepy butler that his mistress is crazy; having been jilted once by another Oliver, her hobby now is marrying all the Olivers she can find and then slitting their throats. So far, there've been seven Olivers. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annuncio matrimoniale See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stan's real-life brother, Edward Jefferson (Teddy) died in a dentist's chair during the filming of 'Oliver the Eighth'. He went in to have some teeth extracted, and died of heart failure after receiving the anesthetic. He was 33. See more »

Goofs

When Stan is eating the "soup", he unbuttons some of his waistcoat buttons, but when he walks out of the room, they are buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

Jitters the butler: [Watching Stan eat an imaginary meal] Eh eh eh! You're using the wrong fork!
Stanley: [Looks and sees that he is, in fact, holding a spoon, which he throws down in disgust] You're nuts!
Jitters the butler: Who said I was nuts?
Stanley: She did!
[points to the widow]
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

Connections

References The Music Box (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played on a bugle by Jack Barty
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one of the best
28 August 2004 | by eff_deeSee all my reviews

i purchased oliver the eighth and the murder casebook together on one VHS tape(when they were first released)and for me they are two of the best short films ever made.they just compliment each other so well.in the murder casebook stan snubbs ollie and heads off to claim his inheritance.this is such a funny film,there is a killer on the loose in the house plus stan and ollie think the house is haunted.it never slows down at all...brilliant.then oliver the eighth,ollie replies to an advert in the paper of a lady seeking a husband,but has to be called oliver.anyway again it is fast and very funny,the lady turns out to be a serial killer who has killed 7 men all called oliver.the butler is a psycho(don't miss where he is serving the soup,class)the part where stan and ollie are in bed together,in my opinion goes down in folklore.especially when ollie thinks he sees a mans hand at the bottom of the bed.....legendary.


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