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202 Ratings

Sons of the Desert

Directed by William A. Seiter
United States, 1933


When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they’re actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

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Sons of the Desert Directed by William A. Seiter

Critics reviews

There’s an almost Sisyphean quality to [Laurel and Hardy’s] attempts to get to the party, with every small manoeuvre they make somehow twisting its way back to their cosy LA homestead. Knowing that they pair have it in for them for much of the film, as the audience are constantly updated on how each ruse falls flat, there is a beauty of watching a fizzing fuse coiling its way back to the climactic comic payload.
June 05, 2015
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A keystone of domestic violence in cinema and an important document of the modern married life, Stan and Ollie’s magnum opus also features the best plate-smashing sequence ever committed to celluloid. It isn’t just another travel picture, though, or even a domestic drama, it’s got a song and dance number as well.
June 18, 2010
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