That's My Wife (1929)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mrs. Magnolia Hardy (Vivien Oakland) is fed up with her husband Oliver Hardy and his permanent houseguest Stan Laurel. Even though Ollie points out that Uncle Bernal will cut them out of his will if she leaves, she walks out anyway. Naturally, Uncle Bernal chooses just this time to pay his nephew and his wife a surprise visit. He intends to buy the couple a new house -- if they are happily married. In the world of Laurel and Hardy, there is only one thing to do at this point: dress Stan up as Mrs. Hardy. Luckily, Uncle Bernal has never met Mrs. Hardy before, so the ruse goes over. They all go to dinner at the Pink Pup Club, where Mrs. Hardy, aka Stan, is harassed by a amorous lush (Jimmy Aubrey). A stolen necklace also winds up down the back of Stan's dress. Stan and Ollie try to get the necklace out without too much embarrassment but somehow land on stage in place of the floor show. Finally, Stan's gender is revealed, and the infuriated Uncle swears to leave his fortune to a home for cats. This is an especially funny Laurel and Hardy silent two-reeler, primarily because Stan pulls off his drag act so well.

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husband, impersonation, inheritance, uncle