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Our Relations (1936)





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Working on the theory that the only thing funnier than Laurel and Hardy is two sets of Laurel and Hardys, Our Relations milks its central mistaken-identity situation for all it's worth. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are two solid citizens, happily married and highly respected in their community. One morning, Hardy receives a letter from his mother, containing an old photo of himself and Laurel with their twin brothers, Alf Laurel and Bert Hardy. Mamma also reveals that Alf and Bert turned out to be "bad lads" and ran off to sea, and that reportedly they'd been hanged for taking part in a mutiny. "Isn't that calamitous!" remarks Hardy, who conspires with Laurel to hide the facts about their no-good brothers from their wives. Meanwhile, in another part of town, the S.S. Periwinkle pulls into port. Among the crew members are the selfsame Alf and Bert, who have decided to entrust their pal Fin (James Finlayson) with their month's salary. Fin has promised to invest the dough so that the boys will become millionaires "before you can say Jack Robinson". Alf and Bert are then summoned to the cabin of their captain (Sidney Toler), who orders them to pick up a valuable package for him, then meet him later at Denker's Beer Garden. While waiting for the captain at Denker's, Alf and Bert are captivated by a pair of waterfront floozies, Alice (Iris Adrian) and Lily (Lona Andre). Talked into buying the girls a huge meal for which they haven't the necessary funds, Alf and Bert decide to go back to Fin and reclaim their money, leaving the contents of the captain's package-a valuable pearl ring-with tough waiter Joe Groagan (Alan Hale) as security. Later, Laurel and Hardy take their wives Betty (Betty Healy) and Daphne (Daphne Pollard) to lunch-and, inevitably, they end up at Denker's Beer Garden, where the equally inevitable mix-ups begin to occur. Things snowball from bad to worse before both sets of twins, an angry captain, a disgruntled Fin, the wives, the floozies, a genial drunk (Arthur Housman) and a brace of smooth gangsters (Ralf Harolde and Noel Madison) all converge at the upscale Pirate Club. Several slapstick complications later, Laurel and Hardy are captured by the gangsters, who threaten to dump the boys in the river with their feet encased in cement if they don't cough up the pearl ring. Alf and Bert come to the rescue, and all is well, at least until the film's boffo punchline. Based on W.W. Jacobs' short story The Money Box, Our Relations is perhaps the most plot-heavy of Laurel and Hardy's features for Hal Roach Studios. It is also one of their funniest, as well as their most lavishly produced. The film was officially listed as "A Stan Laurel Production"-as if Laurel hadn't been the prime creative force behind all of the team's previous films.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Rogers, Felix Adler, Jack Jevne, Richard Connell
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Stan Laurel
as Stan / Alf Laurel
Oliver Hardy
as Ollie / Bert Hardy
Daphne Pollard
as Mrs. Daphne Hardy
Sidney Toler
as Captain of the S.S. ...
Alan Hale
as Joe Groagan, the Wai...
Betty Healy
as Mrs. Betty Laurel
Lona Andre
as Lily, the Other Cafe...
James Finlayson
as Finn, the Chief Engi...
Arthur Housman
as Inebriated Stroller
James Kilgannon
as Other Drunk
Charles D. Hall
as Pawnshop Extra
Harry Arras
as Officer
John Kelly
as 1st Mate
Baldwin Cooke
as Bartender
Nick Copeland
as Bartender
James C. Morton
as Bartender
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
George W. Jimenez
as Cafe Manager
Robert Wilbur
as Cab Driver
Jim Pierce
as Doorman
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Addlequist
Walter Taylor
as Finn's Friend, Snuff...
Joe Bordeaux
as Grubby Wharf Tough
Bob O'Connor
as Grubby Wharf Tough
Bobby Dunn
as Messenger Boy
Ralf Harolde
as Gangster
Noel Madison
as Gangster
Dell Henderson
as Judge Polk
Fred Holmes
as Bailiff
Bob Finlayson
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Alex Finlayson
as Extra in Denker's Be...
Foxy Hall
as Birthday Cake Waitre...
Jay Eaton
as Minor Role
Rita Dunn
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Alice Cook
as Minor Role
Ed Brandenberg
as Minor Role
Jack Egan
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
James Pierce
as Doorman
Bunny Bronson
as Extra in Denker's Be...
Marvel Andre
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Dick Gilbert
as Courtroom Extra
Jack Cooper
as Courtroom Extra
Jerry Breslin
as Minor Role
Bill Madsen
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Ernie Alexander
as Minor Role
Tony Campenero
as Extra in Denker's Be...
Polly Chase
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Jay Belasco
as Minor Role
Gertrude Astor
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Buddy Messinger
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Gertrude Messinger
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
David Sharpe
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Rose Langdon
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Johnny Arthur
as underterminded role
Kay McCoy
as Minor Role
Rheba Campbell
as Minor Role
Margo Sage
as Extra in Denker's Be...
Eddie Parker
as Undetermined Role
Leo Sulky
as Courtroom Extra
Marvin Hatley
as Minor Role
Sam Lufkin
as Waiter
Barney O'Toole
as Minor Role
Ray Cooke
as Courtroom Extra
Art Miles
as Minor Role
Crete Sipple
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Dick French
as Minor Role
Rosemary Theby
as Extra in Pirate's Cl...
Charlie Hall
as Pawnshop Extra
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