Sons of the Desert
is a 1933 film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
. The film concerns the duo faking an illness so their shrewish wives can let them go to their "Sons of the Desert" convention.
This film contains examples of:
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: The "Sons" of course. A very early example, may well be Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mrs. Hardy
- Henpecked Husbands
- Malaproper: Laurel, as usual. ("Honesty is the best politics.")
- Mathematician's Answer: In Sons of the Desert, Stan and Ollie wouldn't get back home until they came up with a cover story for an escapade. When interrogated by cops about their places of residence, Ollie claimed to live at home and Stan said he was Ollie's next door neighbor. Stan, being Stan, told a really useful answer later.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ollie's wife gives him an off-screen one by throwing every dish in the house at him.
- Oh Crap: Ollie has one when he sees the newspaper headline reporting the sinking of the ship they told their wives they were on.
- Recycled Premise: The premise was repeated in The Flintstones episode "Buffalo Convention", only the resolution is different.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: From a most unlikely source.
Stan: I've certainly got to hand it to you, Ollie.
Ollie: For what?
Stan: Well, for the meticulous care with which you have executed your finely-formulated machinations in extricating us from this devastating dilemma.
Stan: Then, on the other hand...
Ollie: Get in bed. "Meticulous". Hmmph!