I guess I'm in the middle on this short. On the one hand, I do have to agree with Paul on the relationship aspect of this short, in that it is hard to consider this couple being married in the first place. In SONS OF THE DESERT, I at least get the feeling that there is some love in their relationships. The wives are genuinely concerned when they think the boys have died and Ollie's wife also shows concern when he is pretending to be unwell. Here, I get the feeling that the wives only care about the money. To be fair, Stan and Ollie are taking out other women behind their backs, so it's not like their punishment is unwarranted.
Even without this element, I still do find it weaker than previous shorts. There are funny moments such as Stan and Ollie throwing the wallet around or Stan and Ollie's faces as they wait for their impending doom. We also get another mud puddle, although this time the gossip avoids it first before falling into it. Unfortunately, I just don't think it's nearly as funny as some of Stan and Ollie's other works.
Signor brings up an interesting point about the ending, a problem I also had with the short. I just recently began reading the book Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy, and the author pointed out that in the original script the ending was different. Stan and Ollie joined the group that was performing there and they were chased out of the club both by their wives and the women they were taking out. On the one hand, this would have explained the point of the two women making threats earlier in the short, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee that it would have been funnier, especially since a lot of this sequence revolved around Stan and Ollie in drag.
Nevertheless, this is the weakest short I've seen so far, not including the pre-team shorts. It's not bad by any means, but the writing could have been a little better.
6 out of 10