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The Devil's Brother (Fra Diavolo)

A Laurel and Hardy feature from 1933, the first of their operettas (the victim here is an 1830 work by Auber). There's at least one classic sequence, in which the boys attempt to bottle some wine, but the film suffers from the second-fiddle status conferred on the stars by the script—which has them playing servants to one of the period's ubiquitous sappy tenors (Dennis King). The screenplay is by Jeanie MacPherson, De Mille's favorite writer. With Thelma Todd and (of course) James Finlayson; Hal Roach and Charles Rogers collaborated on the direction.

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