Film seriesLaurel and Hardy Series Duration CountryUnited States
DirectorHal Roach, Charley Rogers WriterJeanie Macpherson (adaptation) Release dateMay 5, 1933 CastStan Laurel (Stanlio), Oliver Hardy (Ollio), Dennis King (Fra Diavolo), James Finlayson (Lord Rocburg), Thelma Todd (Lady Pamela), Lucile Browne (Zerlina) Similar moviesBirdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Aladdin, Cinderella, The Nightmare Before Christmas
TaglineIn the early eighteenth century, Northern Italy was terrorized by bandits. Boldest among the robber-chieftains was Fra Diavolo (The Devil's Brother), who masqueraded as the elegant Marquis de San Marco in order to mingle with the rich. Great lords lost their gold to him-great ladies their hearts.
Thief Fra Diavolo (Dennis King) plans to steal jewels and francs from Lord Rocberg (James Finlayson) and his wife, Lady Pamela (Thelma Todd). He enlists other thieves to help, including Stanlio (Stan Laurel) and Ollio (Oliver Hardy), who Diavolo caught impersonating him. Stanlio and Ollio kidnap Lord Rocberg in an attempt to find where the francs are hidden. In the process, the theft is bungled, and Diavolo is forced to complete the job himself, resulting in unexpected consequences.
The Devils Brother or Bogus Bandits or Fra Diavolo is a 1933 American Pre-Code comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It is based on Daniel Aubers operetta Fra Diavolo about the Italian bandit Fra Diavolo.
The Devil's Brother or Bogus Bandits or Fra Diavolo is a 1933 comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy. It is based on Daniel Auber's operetta Fra Diavolo about the Italian bandit Fra Diavolo.
In the early 18th century, the bandit Fra Diavolo returns to his camp in Northern Italy to tell his gang members about his encounter with Lord Rocburg and Lady Pamela. Disguised as the Marquis de San Marco, he rides with them in their carriage and charms Lady Pamela into telling him where she hides her jewels. He orders his thieves to ride to Rocburgs castle and steal his belongings and Pamelas jewels. Meanwhile, Stanlio and Ollio have also been robbed, whereupon Stanlio suggests to Ollio that they should become robbers themselves. After an unsuccessful attempt to rob a woodchopper, the duo encounters Fra Diavolo, who orders Stanlio to hang Ollio for impersonating him. Diavolo is then informed that his men have stolen Lady Pamelas jewels but have not brought the 500,000 francs hidden by Rocburg.
Diavolo, again disguised as the marquis, takes Stanlio and Ollio with him as his servants to an inn, where he plans to steal Rocburgs 500,000 francs, and where, as Diavolo, he again romances Lady Pamela. Stanlio and Ollio mistakenly capture Lord Rocburg, who has disguised himself as the marquis in an attempt to win back his wife. Diavolos attempt to find the francs is, however, foiled after Stanlio drinks a sleeping potion meant for Rocburg. Diavolos theft of Pamelas medallion is blamed on young Captain Lorenzo, the sweetheart of Zerlina, whose father, Matteo the innkeeper, has decreed that she is to marry a merchant named Francesco the next day. Lorenzo swears he will prove his innocence before Zerlina is forced to marry Francesco.
Meanwhile, Diavolo romances Pamela once again and finds out that Rocburgs fortune is hidden in her petticoat. Just as Diavolo steals the petticoat, Lorenzo finds out his true identity from Stanlio, who is "spiffed" after a visit to Matteos wine cellar. Lorenzos soldiers surround the inn and he then duels with Diavolo, whom he bests with a little inadvertent help from Stanlio. The good-natured Diavolo returns the jewels, and when Rocburg will not pay the reward for them to Lorenzo, Diavolo gives Lorenzo the money that he stole from Pamelas petticoat. While the jealous husband rushes upstairs to confront his wife, Lorenzo gives the money to Matteo, thereby saving him from having to sell the inn. Diavolo, Stanlio, and Ollio are then taken away to be shot by a firing squad. When Stanlio takes out his red handkerchief in order to blow his nose, a bull becomes enraged and charges the group, allowing Diavolo to escapes on his horse and Stanlio and Ollio to escape on the bull.
Kneesy-Earsy-Nosey was the game of coordination and dexterity played by Stanlio in the picture, to Ollios great frustration. The game, which became a fad shortly after the films release, consists of clapping the knees, then grabbing one ear with the opposite hand while grabbing the nose with the other hand, again clapping the knees, and then grabbing the other ear with the opposite hand while grabbing the nose with the other hand. Participants attempt to do it with increasing speed. Proficiency seems intuitively easy to acquire but requires time and training, as it involves constant shifting of coordination of the left and right control areas of the brain. Once coordination has been achieved, one can become extremely fast, and proficiency can be regained even after years of hiatus.
Both "Kneesy-Earsy-Nosey" and "Finger Wiggle"—another game Stan plays in Fra Diavolo—make a brief appearance in Babes in Toyland when Oliver Hardys character (Ollie Dee) tells Stanleys character (Stannie Dum), in relation to hitting a PeeWee, "If you can do it, I can do it." Stannie then performs both games to disprove Ollies maxim.