Review: ‘Our Relations’

Stan Laurel does himself proud on his first fling as a producer. For one thing, both Laurel & Hardy get plenty of chances to talk and the dialog handed them is considerably above par. Picture is deftly gagged, with the slapstick routine nicely contrasted with the saner moments.

Stan Laurel does himself proud on his first fling as a producer. For one thing, both Laurel & Hardy get plenty of chances to talk and the dialog handed them is considerably above par. Picture is deftly gagged, with the slapstick routine nicely contrasted with the saner moments.

Our Relations is based on a short story [The Money Box by W.W. Jacobs] published in 1903 but it is doubtful if the author would recognize the screen version. Principal reason is that the plot has been subordinated for laugh purposes, with every move concocted to popular appeal.

Most of mix-ups involve instances of mistaken identity, with the twin brothers of Laurel & Hardy wandering into situations that obviously contain dynamite for the unsuspecting victims. Outstanding sequences are the phone booth episode with three men packed in and the climactical one where the two clowns sway along the dock with their feet embedded in cement forms.

Our Relations

Production

Roach/M-G-M. Director Harry Lachman; Producer Hal Roach, Stan Laurel; Screenplay Charles Rogers, Jack Jevne, Richard Connell, Felix Adler; Camera Rudolph Mate; Music Leroy Shield

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Betty Healy Daphne Pollard Sidney Toler James Finlayson
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