Their First Mistake

Their First Mistake is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy. Directed by George Marshall, the film was produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Their First Mistake
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byHal Roach
Written byH.M. Walker
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Release date
  • November 5, 1932 (1932-11-05)
Running time
21 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States


Mrs. Hardy is annoyed that her husband Oliver seems to spend more time with his friend Stanley than with her. After a furious argument, Mrs. Hardy says that she will leave him if Ollie goes out with Stan again. Stan suggests that Ollie adopts a baby, which he does. Unfortunately, his wife has left their apartment on returning, and a process server delivers a paper informing Ollie that she is suing him for divorce, naming Stan as co-respondent. The boys are now left to look after the infant on their own.



Their First Mistake is a rare film for the duo, as there is no resolution at the end. In the original script, Mrs. Hardy came back to Oliver with another adopted baby, but so much time and money had been spent on adding Laurel's improvisations that there was no budget left to film it.


The neighbor in the hall to whom Laurel and Hardy give the cigar is director George Marshall.


  1. "Their First Mistake (1932)", Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Time Warner, Inc., New York, N.Y. Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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