Written and filmed October, 1926. Released by Pathé, January, 1927. Produced by Hal Roach. Directed by Fred Guiol. Original story by Hal Roach. Two reels.
Cast: Priscilla Dean, Herbert Rawlinson, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Albert Conti

STORY:  Stan plays a deliveryman, hired by a woman to make her neglectful artist husband jealous. Stan bungles his attempt to romance the wife, as he is confused as to the identity of the husband


JL: Many L&H scholars over the years have tended to give little more than a passing nod to their formative, pre-team silents. The consequence has been that the occasional fine comedy like Slipping Wives tends to get lost in the shuffle. It is a clever, funny film that plays much better than The Fixer-Uppers, Laurel and Hardy's 1935 attempt at roughly the same plot.  

     Priscilla Dean was one of Universal's top stars of the early 20's; by this point in her career, she was appearing in Hal Roach two-reelers. Though she is afforded star billing, it is third-billed Stan Laurel's film all the way. His

pantomime of "Samson and Delilah" is the film's highlight, as are any and all scenes he shares with butler Hardy. Their chemistry is so evident, so glaringly obvious, that one has to wonder why it took another half-dozen films before they became a bona-fide team. An underrated little gem.

JB: Besides Stan's great "Samson" scene, the best part of this film is watching Stan and Ollie fight whenever they get within two feet of each other.  

    The partial remake The Fixer-Uppers gets a bad rap from some, but I always liked it. It is touching when Ollie displays genuine concern for Mae Busch, and it gives The Fixer-Uppers a warmth that Slipping Wives cannot match. 

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