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Actors: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, John Elliot, Mae Busch, Dorothy Christie, Charley Chase

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Two bumbling fools who are members of a club get invited to a convention. However, their wives won't let them go.
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The men have a plan to trick the wives. One of them pretends to be sick while the other goes to fetch a doctor and convinces him to recommend a cruise to Hawaii as the only cure for the man's made-up illness. The man's wife, deathly afraid of water, won't be able to go along. Therefore, the other man must go along to take care of him.

The two men sneak off to the convention.   The ship that the men are supposedly on sinks and the wives are devastated. Until, they see video footage of their husbands at the convention.

The men return home and find out about the ship. They concoct an outrageous story of survival. However, with just one steely glare from his wife, one of the men confesses. His wife rewards him for being honest while the other man's wife throws everything she can find at him, smashing dishes and vases over his head, yelling and screaming at him the whole time.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson




As members of the social and fraternal order of the Sons of the Desert, the boys (playing themselves as Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel) are obliged after taking an oath to travel to Chicago for the annual convention being held there. Oliver's wife Lottie (Busch) pitches a fit along with several vases at his head as the pair quarrels over their vacation plans. When Stan brings a veterinarian over to diagnose Oliver's sudden ailment, the animal doctor proclaims a trip to Hawaii as the best remedy. Stan is to accompany his buddy as Lottie suffers from seasickness.

Stan and Ollie secretly journey from their homes in California to the convention in Chicago where they cavort and carry on with their fraternal brethren. They meet Charley (Chase) and he is a hoot. The gregarious Texan calls his estranged sister in LA as a result of meeting the boys. As it turns out it is Lottie whom Oliver has been flirting with on the phone. The cruise ship the boys were supposed to be sailing on has been struck by disaster when a typhoon blows through the South Pacific. Lottie and Betty (Christie) prepare to wait for at the dock the next day to learn if their men are alive.

Stan and Ollie are hiding in the attic of Oliver's house when the girls return from the harbor where the boys are no shows among the surviving victims of the typhoon. As a result of their distress the two wives go to the movies to try to take their minds off the recent events. A newsreel before the feature film shows the conventioneers in Chicago living it up with Stan and Ollie clearly alive and doing just fine. The boys sneak out of the attic in the rain only to have a policeman return them to their wives. When Stan tells the truth of their escapades to Betty she wins the bet with Lottie as to which husband would be the bigger liar. Oliver is conked on the head with pots and pans for his deceit.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher



Script Analysis of Sons of the Desert

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Comedy or Parody about    -   physical comedy How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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