Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car...
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Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.
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Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car itself keeps acting up, requiring repeated exits and reboardings by the boys, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar. A brick-throwing tiff with a neighbor threatens to escalate into general mayhem until the local parson strolls by. They finally manage to get underway, steering toward an innocent-looking mud puddle in the street. Written by
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The version presently available is a late 1930's re-release with background music from the Block-Heads period added throughout. It's also been visually converted from its original taller, narrower 1.20:1 early sound ratio to the 1.33:1 standard ratio, so that tops of heads get chopped off in several sequences. See more »
Though Stan and Ollie never do manage to fix the flat tire, it's in good condition by the end of the film. See more »
Many people seem to compare this to Chaplin's 'A Days Pleasure', but given the majority of that film took place on a boat, and this one takes place in a stationary car, there is hardly any semblance at all. It's a nice day, and Stan and Ollie want to take their families out for a drive, but there are issues with the car, and that is where the comparisons to 'A Days Pleasure' stops.
Many also claim this is funnier than 'A Days Pleasure' but I certainly don't see it. The jokes are telegraphed and laboured. Given it was early days for sound and the technical difficulties were high I won't be too critical of that, but the expression in the voices does sound phony, and doesn't improve upon the duo's best silents such as 'Big Business', 'Wrong Again, and 'Leave 'em Laughing.' They also have not yet discovered the art of soundtrack timing. The music plays underneath the whole thing as if it were a silent, with no pause or adjustment for the occasions when the actors speak.
This one for Stan and Ollie die hards only.
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