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Bonnie Scotland (1935)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  23 August 1935 (USA)
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Stan and Ollie mistakenly enlist in the army and find themselves posted to the Northwest Frontier in India on a dangerous mission.



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Complete credited cast:
June Lang ...
Lorna MacLaurel
William Janney ...
Allan Douglas
Lady Violet Ormsby
Colonel Gregor McGregor
James Finlayson ...
Sergeant Major Finlayson
David Torrence ...
Mr. Miggs - the Lawyer
Maurice Black ...
Daphne Pollard ...
Millie - the Maid
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Bickerdike
Lionel Belmore ...


Stan and Ollie stowaway to Scotland expecting to inherit the MacLaurel estate. However Stan's inheritance amounts to a set of bagpipes and a snuff box. The boys are tricked into enlisting in the army and are posted to India where the heiress to the MacLaurel estate has moved to be near her guardian. Her Scottish sweetheart Allan also enlists. The boys are "volunteered" by the Sergeant (Finlayson) to impersonate officers at the palace of Mir Jutra and foil a plot to murder the officers by overturning several beehives. Written by Stephen Harrison <>

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Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heroes of the Regiment  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The date on the office calendar in "Bonnie Scotland" is June 16, the same day as Stan Laurel's birthday. See more »


Mrs. Bickerdike: Where is Mr. Hardy? I haven't seen him in the past three weeks.
Stanley MacLaurel: Oh, he's awful sick.
Mrs. Bickerdike: Is that a fact?
Stanley MacLaurel: Hoot, ma'am. You know the day he fell in the water he got an awful cold, and it turned into pneumatics.
Mrs. Bickerdike: Is he very sick?
Stanley MacLaurel: You're darn hootin' he's sick! You know the only thing he can keep on his stomach is a hot water bottle.
Mrs. Bickerdike: My, my, what a predicament!
Stanley MacLaurel: Yeah! I think he's got that too.
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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »


Comin' thro' the Rye
Music Traditional
In the score for the opening scene
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Not one of their better feature-length films, but not their worst.
15 March 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This Laurel and Hardy film is probably a spoof of a film called "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" that was released earlier the same year. Even though it's titled "Bonnie Scotland" it has very little to do with Scotland. The boys show up in a Scottish village, located somewhere on the back lot of the Hal Roach Studios in Hollywood, after being informed that Stan is an heir to a portion of the estate of a deceased lord. They are disappointed in their hope for riches and in financial straits, so they join the British army. They wind up on the Northwest Frontier in British Colonial India, located just around the corner from Scotland somewhere on the back lot of the Hal Roach Studios in Hollywood. Stan and Ollie provide their usual high jinks and a good time is generally had by all, but the film suffers the same problems of most of their feature length films. The studio filled the script with alternative plots that didn't focus on Mr. Hardy and Mr. Laurel. The plot of "Bonnie Scotland" involves a thwarted romance between the heiress of the lord's estate and a penniless law clerk. It is rather boring and certainly interferes with the comedy. One of the funniest scenes involves Stanley, who is chronically incapable of staying in step with the rest of the soldiers. At one point he gets the soldier next to him to fall into step with him and this gradually spreads until the entire regiment is in step with Stanley. The climax involves a great deal of slapstick and ultimately nothing in the various plots is resolved.

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