Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat ... See full summary »
Rich oil tycoon (Finlayson) awakens one morning, after a night of carousing, to be told that he was married the night before. His lawyer (Laurel) is called in to straighten things out when ... See full summary »
Old flame (Busch) shows up to blackmail married businessman (Finlayson). He enlists a friend (Laurel) to keep her away from his home and wife. Confusion prevails when she crashes a house ... See full summary »
After being beaten to a story of scandal involving Countess Polasky, James W. Hornby assigns his son 24 hours to find an even more scandalous story about the countess. After spending the ... See full summary »
Two convicts (Laurel & Hardy), in an escape attempt, tunnel into the warden's office, instead. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out the front gate. Needing new clothes, ... See full summary »
Stationed in a Latin American country, sailor Stan is lonely and wants company. He tries to get his Chief to bring him along to a dinner the Chief has been invited to, but the Chief wants ... See full summary »
Although he had been starring in short comedies for eight years when he made this movie, Stan Laurel had done little to make it apparent he was one of the great talents of film comedy. Some of his movies of this period are watchable only by the most dedicated of completest. Yet, in this movie, we see he had finally found his own secret to making a funny film comedy: slowing it down. Not for him the frenetic pace of the Keystone imitators, but a slower speed that let him elaborate his gags and let the audience in on the joke: we start laughing as the awful inevitability of the gag becomes apparent and still are surprised at the inventive variations on a theme.
This pace is apparent in the very first shot: we see Stan, as a deerstalker-wearing detective, stewing over something at his desk. Eventually, it becomes clear that it is a blacksmith puzzle. A small boy comes in, does the puzzle, reassembles it and hands it back to Stan, who is still confounded by it. No pratfall, no sped-up motion, but a gag that fits the story, the character and Mr. Laurel.
The pace continues, speeding up gradually as he is hired by future Roach Studios regular, Anita Garvin, to spy on her husband. I shan't list the gags, but they are good and this movie is an excellent harbinger of things to come.
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