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20 January 1924 (USA) See more »
After being discharged from the 372nd infantry, on account of a bean shortage, smithy seeks employment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Smithy was a funny Stan Laurel short with James Finlayson in fine support See more (5 total) »


  (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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USA:24 min | UK:15 min (short version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | UK:U

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Foreman:Do you know anything about building?
Foreman:Jus' the man we're lookin' for.
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Smithy was a funny Stan Laurel short with James Finlayson in fine support, 29 June 2009
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Just watched this early Stan Laurel comedy short produced by Hal Roach on the "American Slapstick" DVD collection. In this one, Stan plays the title role as a discharged soldier looking for work. So he gets a job in construction. James Finlayson plays his sergeant who later resurfaces as a co-worker in the building. If you're a Laurel & Hardy fan who's also an admirer of Finlayson's work with them (like me), you should find plenty to like here as Stan botches several attempts at his new job with Fin being hit several times as a result! I especially liked the ladder bit when Laurel keeps losing his hat and heavy roll he's carrying with him. Not to mention a scene involving a wooden board, a saw, and wobbling board between the two frequent co-stars (and another person holding said wobbling board) that I thought was pretty hilarious. I've said enough so I'll just recommend Smithy. P.S. I just watched the short again and the gag of a board staying on Stan's head after he turns around is nowhere to be found in the version I saw. Obviously, I've been watching an edited version.

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