UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE was Laurel and Hardy's first talking picture. And it had Thelma
Todd in it.
Unaccustomed As We Are
|Unaccustomed As We Are|
|Directed by||Lewis R. Foster|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Written by||Leo McCarey (story)|
H. M. Walker
|Editing by||Richard C. Currier|
|Running time||18' (silent)|
20' 58" (sound)
Also silent version with English intertitles
PlotOllie brings Stan home for dinner, a very unwelcome surprise for Mrs. Hardy (Mae Busch) who storms out in a huff. Mrs. Kennedy (Thelma Todd), a neighbor from across the hall, offers to help the boys cook dinner; they, in turn, help to set her dress on fire. Mr. Kennedy (Edgar Kennedy), a cop, returns home and the boys hide the slip-clad Mrs. K. in a trunk. Unaware that his wife is within earshot, Mr. Kennedy starts bragging to the boys about his extramarital liaisons.
Production notesUnaccustomed As We Are is notable for being Laurel and Hardy's first sound film (the title was drawn from the popular cliché "Unaccustomed as we are to public speaking ..."). The soundtrack was lost for 50 years until it was traced on disc in the late 1970s. A silent version, with intertitles, was also released, as well as a Victor disc hybrid (featuring a synchronized music score and sound effects).
This is the first film in which Hardy says to Laurel, "Why don't you do something to help me!" which became a catchphrase, repeated in numerous subsequent films. Also heard for the first time is Stan's distinctive, high-pitched whimper of distress.
The plot of Unaccustomed As We Are was expanded into the feature film Block-Heads in 1938. In addition, the gag of the spaghetti ending on Ollie's lap was originally conceived for their 1928 silent film Habeas Corpus, but was left unfilmed.
- Stan Laurel - Stan
- Oliver Hardy - Ollie
- Edgar Kennedy - Officer Kennedy
- Mae Busch - Mrs. Hardy
- Thelma Todd - Mrs. Kennedy
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