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10 Funniest Drunk Arrests in the U.S. Slideshow

10 Funniest Drunk Arrests in the U.S. Slideshow

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If someone doesn’t turn this man’s story into a made-for-TV movie, we’re going to just quit believing in love and happiness entirely. This inebriated cowboy got stopped partway through his quest to ride 600 miles on horseback with nothing but his pug and a jug of booze for company.

While the man was also accused of animal cruelty, which is never funny, it seems that these charges may have been false, and that he was simply trying to drunkenly ride across the country in order to attend a wedding.

"I got me a good horse," the gentleman is reported to have said. "I can get anywhere I need to go."

Truer words, friend.

A Drunk Man, A Pug, and Their Horse

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If someone doesn’t turn this man’s story into a made-for-TV movie, we’re going to just quit believing in love and happiness entirely. "I can get anywhere I need to go."

Truer words, friend.

Drunken Man Allegedly Steals Cakes From “Cake Boss”

Pause for a moment, dear readers, and refrain from judging this man too quickly. Imagine: you’re usually a fairly law-abiding citizen, but you’re tipsy, and the world looks shiny and seems to be swimming before you. Ok, you’re more than tipsy, you’re a little drunk. You’re a little drunk and you see cake, so much cake, all the cake, fields of cake, and not only that, but it’s free! Free cake. All of the free cake. 10,000 free cakes, to be precise, and they’re all made by the Cake Boss himself, and you just love the Cake Boss. Is it stealing to just help yourself to a few of these free cakes from the storage area rather than waiting in line with the rest of Pittsburgh for a cake? Is this illegal or is it merely clever? The cake is free, after all. You are just circumventing the cake-line. The drunk logic here is tight as a drum.

Yeah, it was, technically, illegal. Still, though. We feel you, Cake Thief. There but for the dearth of free cakes in New York go we.

Pat McAfee Drunk-Swims Himself to a Night in the Pokey

The truth is that drunk-swimming, like drunk-biking, is incredibly dangerous, nobody should ever do it, we are firmly, officially against anyone drunk-swimming ever, but if you’ve done it you know how totally, unbelievably fun it is. Patrick McAfee, a former punter for the Indianapolis Colts, certainly knows how fun — and problematic — an activity it can be. He found himself talking to the police after a night of drunk-swimming in some canals, and explained to the police that he was wet not because he had been illegally swimming, but because it had just rained (the police were unfortunately familiar with the concept of rain, and were able to surmise that it had not, in fact, just rained). When they asked McAfee how much he’d had to drink that night, McAfee responded, “A lot because I am drunk.” Then he had a little enforced sleepover in the clink. Slow clap, sir, a slow clap for you.

A Drunk Man Offers Police a Taco In Lieu of His ID

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Oh, Florida. Elizabeth Bishop contested that this was “the state with the prettiest name,” and while that may well be, it’s now largely regarded as “the state that functions as the police blotter of America.” If someone does something improbably trashy and ridiculous, we all know that the event likely took place in Florida. A dude stages a robbery to avoid going to work? That’s got to be a Florida story. A dude fell asleep, drunk in his pick-up in the Taco Bell drive-through, only to be awakened from his slumber by some police officers, to whom he proffered not the identification they asked for, but instead a cold taco? Florida story, no doubt. Never change, Florida. Never change.

Woman Brags on Facebook About Passing Breathalyzer; Inadvertently Turns Herself In

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Oh, Our Lady of Drunken Idiocy: when the Drinking Gods smile upon you so sunnily that they let you get away with binge-drinking and then passing your scheduled Breathalyzer test (not exactly a recommended course of action begin with), you do not tempt them by sharing the news on Facebook, where your parole officer can easily read it. Nay: you go meekly into the night, you say your prayers, and you count your dumb self extremely lucky. Little Miss Facebook Brags, however, brought this unpleasantness directly upon herself by violating the terms of her parole and telling the world all about it via social media.

Drunk Man Arrested For Attempting to Revive Dead Possum

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There’s something impossibly sweet, genuine, and deeply human about this particular piece of drunken idiocy. In a boozy haze, one lost and swaying gentleman stood up to death: he refused to accept the limitations of mortality, its terrifying inescapability. And how did he do this? Did he direct a brilliant film in the style of The Seventh Seal? Did he paint a work in conversation with Caravaggio’s “The Entombment of Christ?” No, he tried to resuscitate a dead possum on the roadside. We imagine him slapping the creature’s tiny rat face repeatedly while screaming, “Don’t leave me! Don’t you dare leave me!” We are no longer sure if this is funny or deeply tragic.

Drunk Man Tells Cops He Was Just Driving It Off

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If there’s one thing cops respond well to, it’s explanations for DUIs. If there’s another thing they respond well to, it’s the idea that driving drunk is a totally natural and a great idea. This genius decided to combine the two by telling cops who pulled him over that his wife was upset with his over-drinking, so he decided the best course of action would be to “drive it off.” Walking it off, we’ve heard of. Driving it off? Not so much. Five points for creativity, sir, but negative 20 for actually endangering people’s lives with your ignorance.

Man Drinks Whiskey While Riding His Lawnmower Down the Street

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This video is glorious. The setting? A quiet country road, dappled with sunlight and beset on either side by tall, graceful trees. The steady hum of a lawnmower roars throughout the scene. Our anti-hero is Steve, astride his lawnmower.

“Pull it over, Steve. Stop the lawnmower.”

Steve stops the mower, and eventually complies with turning it off.

“Steve! Right, how many times I got to tell you, you can’t be driving down the road, drinking, on a lawnmower?”

In his defense, Steve was only going down to the oyster shack, man.

Woman Arrested For Using 911 to Hit on Officer

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You can order strippers who will pretend they’re cops (Hot Cops!), but you can’t order a cop and be upset that he refuses to act like a stripper. After drinking more than was remotely advisable, this besotted lady got herself arrested for abusing 911: she liked the cop who showed up at her door so much the first time that after hitting on him in some of the boldest terms imaginable (and getting turned down), she dialed 911 repeatedly in the hopes of getting his, ahem, services over and over. Abusing the 911 system as your personal dating service isn’t exactly legal, and her misuse of anemergency services line lead to her subsequent arrest.

Man Arrested for Barking at Police Dog

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Police dogs are officers, too. You’re not really supposed to taunt them, and if you do, you really shouldn’t do so in their native tongue. When you've been out drinking, you might think you are capable of communicating wtih animals, but you’re probably not as fluent in K-9 as you think. Besides, even if you are able to talk with them, you’re bound to put your foot in your mouth — which is almost certainly why this gentleman found himself arrested for tipsily attempting to communicate with his furry antagonist in a series of barks and growls.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


Comic actor’s marriage full of drama

Film comic Stan Laurel’s brief marriage to Russian singer Vera Ivanova Shuvalova was another fine mess.

For a little more than a year, they drank, they fought, they got arrested and -- at least according to Shuvalova -- Laurel invited her to be buried alive in the backyard of their San Fernando Valley home.

Laurel never made a movie titled “Ex Appeal,” but if he had, the cast would have included former wife Lois N. Laurel (1926 to 1933) and former wife Virginia Ruth Laurel, whom he married in Mexico in 1934 and again in the U.S. in 1935.

Maybe there would even be a bit part for his vaudeville partner, Mae, who agreed as part of a legal settlement that they had never been married.

The first scene, as taken from the pages of The Times, could have been on New Year’s Eve 1937.

With the ink barely dry on his divorce from second wife Virginia, Laurel, 43, eloped to Yuma, Ariz., with Shuvalova, 28, whom he had met five weeks earlier during an audition. Virginia arrived the next day and insisted that local authorities stop the wedding because she was the real Mrs. Stan Laurel.

The ceremony went ahead after Laurel showed officials the final decree, and less than two weeks later he sued Virginia to keep her from stalking him. The marriages were untangled, the divorce was upheld and in February, just to make sure everything was resolved, Laurel and Shuvalova returned to Yuma for a second wedding.

In another plot twist, Laurel planned a honeymoon cruise with Shuvalova and invited his first ex-wife, Lois, to join them. At the time she was suing him for the modern equivalent of nearly $20,000 a month in support for their 10-year-old daughter, including money for a chauffeur, governess and cook, and trips to the beauty shop.

After they returned from the cruise, “it was nothing unusual for Wife No. 1 to visit Laurel and engage in intimate discussions with him about their old married life,” The Times said.

In the meantime, Shuvalova began planning their third wedding because even though they had already been married twice, she wanted a traditional Russian Orthodox ceremony.

On April 12, 1938, shortly before the third wedding, Shuvalova was arrested by Beverly Hills officers for crashing into several parked cars while driving without a license. After a long court fight, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

Then it was Laurel’s turn in court on charges of drunk driving, which he blamed on being upset over Shuvalova, rather than drinking too much.

“She has a terrific temper,” he told the court.

Laurel said that on the night he was arrested, he and Shuvalova had a fight and she tried to hit him with a telephone handset, threatened him with a skillet full of potatoes and threw sand in his eyes. In the struggle, he put his arm through a window, Laurel said.

The case was dropped in December after the jury deadlocked. Shuvalova later charged that Laurel made up the story about the fight because he would lose his movie contract if he were convicted of drunk driving.

In Act II of their domestic drama, Shuvalova sued for divorce a few days before their first anniversary, saying Laurel drank too much, “repulsed her efforts to show him affection, behaved rudely toward their friends and on several occasions remained away from home for several days at a time without explanation,” The Times said.

The couple reconciled for the new year and Shuvalova began 1939 with a day in jail for the reckless driving charge. Soon after, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a nightclub “while loudly discussing the Russian situation with herself,” The Times said.

She renewed divorce proceedings, charging that Laurel wanted to bury her alive. Shuvalova said that on the night of Sept. 28, 1938, Laurel dug a grave in the backyard of their home on Strathern Street in Canoga Park and invited her to step outside. She was saved by friends and neighbors who “spirited her away to a nearby ranch,” The Times said.

In the DUI case that was eventually dropped, she said Laurel got a gun and was coming after her when police arrested him for driving about 60 mph on the wrong side of Reseda Boulevard near Victory Boulevard.

Laurel kept his trump card for the final scene. As part of their divorce agreement, Shuvalova promised to never publish anything about their relationship and gave him the sole rights to dramatize “their stormy married life,” The Times said.

Epilogue: In 1941, Laurel remarried Virginia Laurel, who filed for divorce in January 1946. On May 6, 1946, Laurel married Ida Raphael, the widow of a man described in The Times as internationally known concertina virtuoso “Raphael Raphael Raphael.”

In 1942, Shuvalova was rescued after a fire broke out at the Radio Center Hotel on New York’s Times Square. She fled to the roof and was about to jump when firefighters saved her, The Times said. No further news reports about her can be found.


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