Film Series : UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

Sons of the Desert

1933, William A. Seiter, USA, 70 min. With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy.

Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 7th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Oct 9th 6:00pm

Widely considered Laurel & Hardy’s funniest film, this slapstick classic has Stan and Ollie as members of the eponymous organization who sneak off from their wives to make whoopee at a convention in Chicago. The film casts a "Babbitt"-like satirical eye on the silliness of fraternal rituals and convention high jinks, but those activities are ultimately just seen as compensations for the main focus of the film's humor: the (not-undeserved) emasculation of the American male, as Stan and Ollie are p-whipped to a fare-thee-well by their pants-wearing, knife-wielding, shotgun-toting, crockery-hurling spouses. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation. 35mm.

Preceded by BERTH MARKS (1929, Lewis R. Foster, USA, 19 min.), L&H's first talkie, involving mix-ups in a railroad sleeping car. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Saturday in October, and get a ticket for the second UCLA film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)