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Eve's Love Letters (1927)

A young wife is contacted by a former boyfriend, who informs her that he has a collection of her love letters that he will turn over to her husband unless the woman pays him off. She and ... See full summary »

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writer:

Stan Laurel (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Agnes Ayres ... The wife
Forrest Stanley ... Adam, her husband
Stan Laurel ... Anatole, the butler
Jerry Mandy ... Mr. X / Sir Oliver Hardy
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A young wife is contacted by a former boyfriend, who informs her that he has a collection of her love letters that he will turn over to her husband unless the woman pays him off. She and her butler hatch a plan to get the letters from the blackmailer before her husband sees them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milosne listy Ewy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The unseen character of the blackmailer/former lover is named Sir Oliver Hardy. See more »

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Loved it
21 May 2010 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

Agnes Ayres was apparently a star of feature film who is top billed in this one-off Hal Roach short. She does well as the woman at the centre of the story, but it's pretty plain that it's actually the comic mind and performing talents of Stan Laurel, who plays her butler, that make this two-reel short shine.

We start with a fairly standard plot about a woman who is being blackmailed with love letters from before her marriage, but they get destroyed fairly quickly and when she is almost caught by her husband at the blackmailer's house the comedy turns into a fast-paced, wonderfully choreographed, inventive and funny farce in which Ayres and Laurel collaborate of a series of escalating tricks to confuse and humiliate the tipsy husband.

Laurel, showcased here, is very close indeed to the "Stanley" characterization that would make him famous (as others have noted, the blackmailer is amusing named "Sir Oliver Hardy"), though a little cleverer -- he is very memorable blowinga safe with strong liquor, pantomiming floating into heaven while faking his death, and spending much of the short doing a humorously bizarre drag act while seducing the husband.

A great absurdist farce and example of Laurel at the top of his game at the top comedy studio just before his fateful teaming with the real version of Oliver Hardy.


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