Sons of the Desert (1934)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Odd Couple Film, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Dec 29, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Michael Betzold

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made many successful comedies in the 1930s, but none was as big a hit or as well-realized a feature as the lunatic Sons of the Desert. Hands-down the best Laurel and Hardy feature, it's a complicated tale of two henpecked husbands who scheme to ditch their wives and attend a fraternal organization's festive meeting in Chicago. The sight gags, slapstick, and repartee are all top-notch. Written by Frank Craven and Byron Morgan and directed by William A. Seiter, Sons of the Desert shows how entertaining the fat-and-thin comedy team, who often weren't given much to work with, could be when they had rich material. Sons of the Desert puts movies like Dumb and Dumber into perspective: nobody plays stupidity better than Laurel and Hardy.