|Written and filmed
March, 1928. Released by MGM,
September, 1928. Produced by Hal Roach. Supervised by Leo McCarey.
Directed by James Parrott. Two reels.
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys, Edna Marion, Viola Richard, John Aasen.
STORY: Ollie and his wife are enjoying a quiet Sunday at home until Stan shows up, eager to play some golf. After Stan breaks the Hardys' Victrola and nearly sets fire to their house, Mrs. Hardy chases the boys out. At the golf course, they are partnered with a pair of comely young lasses to complete a foursome. The girls want to be treated to sodas, but the boys are short of money. Stan leaves his watch to settle the thirty-cent bill. On the course, they tangle with rude golfer Edgar Kennedy, and wind up in a mud-throwing battle with several other linksters.
The premise is unique (a golf game), but it's a film loaded with gags
they were to later recycle, such as the note-under-the-door gag that
later appears in Come Clean,
or the soda fountain scene, lifted nearly verbatim for Men O' War. Even if you're
familiar with the gags, however, it doesn't spoil the enjoyment of this
delightful, well-paced little film.
JB: And surprisingly, considering how much they later repeated from this film, it contains another one of those gags that they never used again. Leaving the Hardy household, Stan jauntily hops over the picket fence outside the Hardy household. Ollie, well aware that his wife is watching, and not to be outdone by Stan, attempts the same. The fence does not survive.
It is also a little surprising that they never used golf again as a background for their antics, considering the real life Oliver Hardy's passion for the sport.