Their Purple Moment
|Their Purple Moment|
|Directed by||James Parrott|
|Written by||H.M. Walker (titles)|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Edited by||Richard C. Currier|
English (Original intertitles)
Henpecked Stan has been secretly saving money from his penny-pinching wife. When Ollie learns about Stan's stash, he suggests they use it to have a good time. However, before the twosome can leave, Stan's wife finds the wallet and replaces Stan's cash with cigar coupons—the trading stamps of the 1920s. Thus, when Stan and Ollie head out the door Stan has no idea he his wallet no longer contains cash. Stan and Ollie arrive outside an upscale cafe featuring live entertainment just in time to see the large head waiter roughly remove two male patrons who cannot pay their bill. They are followed out the door by their two dates who explain they have no money to pay the check. The girls then approach Stan and Ollie who offer to pay their outstanding restaurant bill, their accruing cab fare — and continue to treat them to a night on the town. A busybody sees Stan and Ollie enter the cafe with two strange women. She runs off to report this transgression to their wives.
Stan enjoys the cafe's all-midget floor show so much that he buys them all gifts from a cigarette girl. It is then that Stan discovers his wallet contains only cigar coupons. To buy time, Stan quickly tells the cigar girl to put the cost on his tab. When the bill finally arrives, Stan and Ollie attempt to sneak out of the cafe while the lights are dimmed during another dance performance. This plan fails miserably and they have to flee from the angry headwaiter — and their angry wives who have arrived to confront them. Their evening on the town ends in a pie-throwing brawl in the restaurant's kitchen.
- Stan Laurel as Stan Pincher
- Oliver Hardy as Ollie
- Kay Deslys as Stan's girlfriend
- Anita Garvin as Ollie's girlfriend
- Fay Holderness as Mrs. Pincher
- S.J. Sandford as Waiter
- Lyle Tayo as Mrs. Hardy
- Leo Willis as Cab driver
A "purple moment" is an antiquated slang term that means "a defining moment in a person's life."