Dick und Doof - Die Doppelgänger (1936) Online
Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain. All four get involved in multiple cases of mistaken identity as a gang of hoodlums try to steal the ring Stanley and Oliver wind up with their feet in cement, about to be dumped into the harbor.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Stan Laurel||-||Stan Laurel / Alf Laurel|
|Oliver Hardy||-||Oliver 'Ollie' Hardy / Bert Hardy|
|Alan Hale||-||Joe Grogan -Denker's waiter|
|Sidney Toler||-||Captain of SS Periwinkle|
|Daphne Pollard||-||Mrs. Daphne Hardy|
|Betty Brown||-||Mrs. Betty 'Bubbles' Laurel (as Betty Healy)|
|James Finlayson||-||Finn - The Chief Engineer|
|Ralf Harolde||-||Gangster Boss|
|Noel Madison||-||Second Gangster at Pirate's Club|
In order for the audience to distinguish both sets of twins, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were announced with "The Ku-Kus", whilst Bert and Alf were identified by "Sailor's Hornpipe".
King Edward VIII (aka Duke of Windsor) of Great Britain requested a command performance screening of the film in October of 1936, before it was released.
One of two Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy features to be credited as "A Stan Laurel Production" (the other was Way Out West (1937)), even though they were, in fact, Hal Roach Productions and MGM, not Stan Laurel Productions had the only copyright claim on both films.
At 4'9" and under a hundred pounds, Daphne Pollard was, almost literally, half the size of screen husband Oliver Hardy. She more than made up for the size differential in frostiness, and portrayed Mrs. Hardy in several films.
This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 29 August 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 26 December 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Tuesday 15 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Thursday 19 May 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Cincinnati Sunday 7 August 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures.
A contemporary Hollywood Reporter production chart listed Wade Boteler, Jerry Mandy, and Harry Bowen as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had previously played their own sons in Brats (1930) and each others' wives in Twice Two (1933) before playing their own twins in this film.
Marvin Hatley reused many of the music cues, especially the sailor's cues, in "Saps at Sea" several years later.
Almost all of the Laurel and Hardy "regulars" appear in the movie. Finlayson, James C. Morton, Harry Bernard, Daphne Pollard, and Tiny Sanford all have roles. Only Mae Busch and Charlie Hall are missing.
A fat girl in the beach photograph appears to be June Gittelson, and the girl in the framed photograph appears to be Martha Sleeper.
Opening credits prologue on video re-release: From 1927 to 1940, LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.
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Typical for a Laurel and Hardy comedy, the principals use their own names. The Boys call their wives "Momma" and "Bubbles", but the wives use "Daphne" (Pollard) and "Betty" (Healy), their real names. Finlayson, of course, could be no one else.
The check at the beer garden for $15.60 would equate to $285 in 2019.