Sugar Daddies (1927)

Film Review


Release Date: 10 September, 1927

Studio: MGM

Directors: Fred Guiol, Leo McCarey

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson

Related Topic: Essanay Silent Film Museum

We saw this film at the Essanay Silent Film Museum in Niles, CA. Learn about the museum here.


Butler Hardy awakens playboy Finlayson who has married while in a drunken stupor. The large and unlovely bride has an equally large and unfriendly brother who demands $50,000 for a divorce. Lawyer Laurel, representing Finlayson, refuses to pay. Laurel advises Finlayson to hide out, but he continues his drunken sprees. When Finlayson's name appears in the paper, his wife, her daughter, and her brother locate him at a hotel. To get Finlayson away from the trio, Laurel climbs on Finlayson’s back, covers both of them with a woman’s hat and coat, and "she" strolls out of the hotel with Hardy. As Hardy and his strange looking "wife" walk down the pier, a cop tries to investigate under the coat, but they elude him. Finlayson’s wife, her daughter and brother pursue them into the fun house at the pier. Amusement follows as the wife’s family pursues the united Laurel and Finlayson through air puffs, rolling around the tumbling barrel, and going down the big slide. The entire group becomes hopelessly entangled with other people who have come down the slide. Finally, two people emerge from the fun house, a tall lady in a long coat and her fat husband. The cop looks under the woman’s dress and finds long ruffled drawers. She screams and decks him.


This early Laurel and Hardy comedy is lively, very funny, and slightly naughty. Laurel and Hardy had not yet established their customary screen characters and relationship. They are more attentive to Finlayson, who has nearly equal screen time, than to each other. Eugene Paulette appears at the end as the offended lady’s fat husband.