After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »
Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »
James W. Horne,
In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »
Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »
Chimney sweeps Stanley and Oliver go about their job, reducing Professor Noodle's living room to a shambles in the process, while the mad doctor works in his laboratory perfecting his "... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »
After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his reputation, in exchange for not jailing them for sleeping on park benches. Kennedy sets them to burgling the Police Chief's own house, planning to arrest them in front of his boss, and later "fixing it" for the boys. Written by
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Confused plot wise and with flat ending but the middle is all good
A police officer is under fire from his boss for not being able to catch any criminals. Eager to prove his worth he sets out to catch some criminals. He comes across Laurel and Hardy sleeping rough in the park and offers to let them go without a charge if they agree to break into his boss's house (after which he plans to catch them). The reluctantly agree but find that crime is harder than they first thought.
The plot here is a little crazy I was confused as to why Laurel and Hardy would agree to the policeman's offer in the first place. Likewise how the policeman would actually benefit from it was also very unclear, but I quickly forgot as the set up gave way to the comedy. The routines all centre around the break-in to the house. The duo struggle to get into the house and cover the noise they can't help but make. A running gap about impersonating cats is nicely done even once inside the house!
Laurel and Hardy do good work once inside the house although the film struggles as it sets up the plot for a minute or so without them onscreen. Finlayson is good as the butler even if it's not quite him at his best, his double take is still good.
Overall despite a muddled plot the actual delivery is as good as always and the main body of routines are all good. Aside from the set up in the beginning the only other flaw is at the opposite side of the short the end, the film lacks a strong punchline and just stops. In the version I saw it didn't even have closing music, `the end' just came up and that was that! Watch it for the stuff in the middle I guess.
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