Their Purple Moment

Their Purple Moment is a 1928 short comedy silent film starring Laurel and Hardy and directed by James Parrott.[1][2]

Their Purple Moment
Theatrical poster
Directed byJames Parrott
Produced byHal Roach
Written byH.M. Walker (titles)
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Anita Garvin
Kay Deslys
Fay Holderness
Tiny Sandford
Lyle Tayo
Leo Willis
CinematographyGeorge Stevens
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 18, 1928 (1928-05-18)
Running time
22 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
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.


A "purple moment" is an antiquated slang term that means "a defining moment in a person's life."


Stan Laurel- Stan Pincher
Oliver Hardy- Ollie
Anita Garvin- Ollie's girlfriend
Kay Deslys- Stan's girlfriend
Fay Holderness- Mrs. Pincher
S.J. Sandford- Waiter
Lyle Tayo- Mrs. Hardy
Leo Willis- Cab driver


Jack V. Lloyd- Cook
Ed Brandenburg- Waiter
Dorothy Coburn- Hatcheck girl
Harry Earles- Midget performer
Helen Gilmore- Pink Pub patrion
Jack Hill- Doorman/Pink Pub patron
Sam Lufkin- Waiter
Gene Morgan- Waiter
John B. O'Brien- Pink Pub patron
Patsy O'Brien- Gossip
Retta Palmer- Pink Pub patron
Dorothea Wolbert- Waitress


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