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Their Purple Moment (1928)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 19 May 1928 (USA)
Stan and Ollie hold out money from their paychecks from their shrewish wives so they can enjoy a night out on the town... with predictable results.

Directors:

James Parrott, Fred Guiol (uncredited)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Pincher
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Anita Garvin Anita Garvin ... Oliver's Girlfriend
Kay Deslys Kay Deslys ... Mr. Pincher's Girlfriend
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Mrs. Pincher
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Waiter (as S.J. Sandford)
Lyle Tayo Lyle Tayo ... Mrs. Hardy
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Taxicab Driver
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Storyline

Stanley and Oliver sneak out for a night on the town, unaware that Mrs. Laurel has substituted her grocery coupons for Stanley's secret stash of mad money. Of course, this results in dire consequences when the boys run up a huge tab treating a couple of girls to dinner at a snazzy nightclub. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ihre Sternstunde See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Stan and Ollie go into a club for a meal and meet a couple of ladies who have been abandoned by their dates and left with the bill. Ollie takes care of the bill and orders meals for himself and Stan and new meals for the ladies. Having just had meals why would the ladies want another one. See more »

Goofs

When Stan knocks on the front door and enters the door is completely different in the interior shot. It's the same when Ollie and his wife enter. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Pincher: Where's the other three dollars?
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Connections

Featured in 4 Clowns (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Instrumental version in restoration background music
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Laurel & Hardy's Their Purple Moment doesn't have much laughs until the finale
2 August 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is another of Laurel & Hardy's early shorts that I watched on Hulu as linked from IMDb. This seems to be the first time they have wives that boss them around so they have to sneak around in order to have some fun like later on in films like Be Big or Sons of the Desert. In this one, Stan & Ollie go to a restaurant after a couple of men run out on their dates so the boys volunteer to help pay for the women (Kay Deslys, Anita Garvin) left behind. But both men find out their wives took their money without them knowing. And the gossiping woman, seeing them all there, goes back to tell the spouses what's what. I'll stop there and just say that not much funny happens until the food fight that ends the picture. It replaced an earlier sequence that involved Stan & Ollie dressing as women that was filmed but I'm guessing that's now lost. There's a still from that scene in Randy Skrevedt's book "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies". On that point, Their Purple Moment is at least worth a look.


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