The Devil's Brother

  • 1933
  • 1 HR 28 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

This was not one of Laurel and Hardy's major efforts but it still had enough humor to make a pleasant evening at the Bijou at the time and it is worth watching at home on TV instead of the news. Ollie and Stan are misfit bandits hired as manservants to Dennis King, who is a real bandit. Once again, it is the dual identity story with King acting as a wealthy...read more

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This was not one of Laurel and Hardy's major efforts but it still had enough humor to make a pleasant evening at the Bijou at the time and it is worth watching at home on TV instead of the news. Ollie and Stan are misfit bandits hired as manservants to Dennis King, who is a real bandit.

Once again, it is the dual identity story with King acting as a wealthy marquis in order to locate the whereabouts of the treasures worn by the dripping-with-diamonds-damsels. In that, it resembles ZORRO and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and any number of other films. Based on the 1830 opera "Fra Diavolo"

by Daniel F. Auber, the parts of Beppo and Giacomo in the original were built up for Stan and Ollie. It didn't help. The music was pleasant but got in the way of the Laurel and Hardy humor. Or, if you're more into music than mirth, you might look at it the other way around. Whichever, the movie

left much to be desired from both angles. The picture was variously reissued as BOGUS BANDITS and THE VIRTUOUS TRAMPS but the new titles didn't help. Only the drinking scene stands out for laughter.

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