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Writer:
H.M. Walker (titles)
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Release Date:
20 January 1924 (USA) See more »
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After being discharged from the 372nd infantry, on account of a bean shortage, smithy seeks employment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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not quite sleep-inducing See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stan Laurel ... Smithy
James Finlayson ... Sergeant
William Gillespie ... The Boss
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ackroyd ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sammy Brooks ... Man in Employment Line (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Man in Employment Line (uncredited)
Jack Gavin ... Foreman (uncredited)
Ena Gregory ... Secretary (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Worker (uncredited)
Fred Karno Jr. ... Worker (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ... Worker (uncredited)
George Rowe ... Worker (uncredited)
Glenn Tryon ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)

Directed by
George Jeske 
Hal Roach 
 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (titles)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Frank Young 
 
Film Editing by
Thomas J. Crizer 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L.E. Dill .... assistant director
 

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Runtime:
USA:20 min | UK:15 min (short version)
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Certification:
Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | UK:U

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Foreman:Do you know anything about building?
Smithy:No.
Foreman:Jus' the man we're lookin' for.
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
not quite sleep-inducing, 4 August 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins at a US Army camp just following WWI. Surprisingly, it is NOT a military comedy, though, as he is given his discharge papers--making you wonder why they bothered having the film begin this way at all. Once out, he finds a job doing construction and mostly he spends his time dropping things and making a mess, though I will admit that his ladder routine was interesting. But apart from that the film just doesn't have that many laughs. Fortunately, it ends with a nice sight gag, but other than that it just didn't seem funny compared to his later "Stan and Ollie" days.

While many reviewers have said that Stan Laurel's films without Oliver Hardy were bad, this isn't quite true. Many, like this one, were not especially good but he also made a few very funny films--so don't give up after watching this listless film. Try DR. PYCKLE AND MR. PRYDE--it's a very good Stan Laurel film and is actually better than most Laurel and Hardy films.

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