The Laurel and Hardy Show

Season 9 Episode 7

Sons of the Desert

Aired Weekdays 12:00 PM Dec 29, 1933 on
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Sons of the Desert
Laurel and Hardy lie to their wives and sneak away to attend a lodge convention in Chicago.

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  • The best Laurel & Hardy movie ever made!

    Laurel & Hardy fool their henpecking wives by going to Honolulu by doctor's orders so they could attend the Chicago convention held by the Sons of The Desert!

    When the wives find out about them going to it via newsreel & the boys find out the liner from Honolulu sank, it gets pandamonium. Mrs Laurel tells Stanley to tell the truth (which he does in his crying voice) & rewards him with a drink & chocolates. Mrs. Hardy starts breaking all the dishes hurling towards Oliver!

    This movie makes me laugh. In fact, an episode of The Flintstones (The Buffalo Convention) & The Cosby Show (Off to See The Wretched) patterned it after the movie (See my reviews for those episodes).moreless

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Ollie is explaining to his wife why he must go to the convention)
      Ollie: We'll meet new friends and see a lot of new faces and the change of climate would be good for us in a good many ways. And besides, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
      Stan: Jack who?

    • Stan: I've certainly got to hand it to you, Ollie.
      Ollie: For what?
      Stan: Well, for the meticulous care with which you have executed your finely formulated machinations in extricating us from this devastating dilemma.

    • (Ollie is pretending to be sick)
      Dr. Meddick: What seems to be the trouble?
      Stan: I think he's suffering from a nervous shakedown.

    • Ollie: Do you have to ask your wife everything?
      Stan: If I didn't ask her, I wouldn't know what she wanted me to do.

    • Mrs. Laurel: Stanley wouldn't dare lie to me. I hate to think what would happen if he ever did.

    • Ollie: What did Betty say?
      Stan: Betty said that honesty was the best politics.

    • Mrs.Hardy: You're going to Honolulu if you have to go alone.
      Ollie: If I have to go to Honolulu alone...
      (points to Stan)
      Ollie: He's going with me!

    • (Ollie needs a doctor)
      Ollie: Why did you get a veterinarean?
      Stan: Well I didn't think his religion would make any difference!

    • Ollie: To catch a Hardy they've got to get up very early in the morning.
      Stan: What time?

  • NOTES (5)

    • According to the Video Treasures Sons of the Desert VHS, several scenes were cut or never filmed at all, including one where the Sons of the Desert parade on bicycles and Stan and Ollie disrupt the proceedings by crashing into a banner.

    • In 1965, Laurel and Hardy biographer John McCabe formed an international Laurel and Hardy appreciation group and named it "Sons of the Desert" after this film.

    • The American Film Institute ranked this film the 96th funniest movie of all time on their 100 Years...100 Laughs list.

    • Patsy Kelly was originally cast as Mrs. Laurel, but Hal Roach loaned her to MGM instead. Dorothy Christy replaced her four days into filming.

    • The UK title of this film is Fraternally Yours.


    • Oliver Hardy had previously used the plot device of pretending to be sick to sneak away from his wife in the 1931 film Be Big!. The nervous breakdown scenes are reworked from this film.