Laurel and Hardy work for sickly heir Dan Forrester, who has been diagnosed with a myriad of debilitating allergies. However, when the draft board sees things differently and he seems very happy to leave the confines of his sick room, his loyal employees join him in the U. S. Army. He seems to thrive on Army chow and regimen and even becomes a rival to the growling Sergeant Hippo for the affections of beautiful post employee Ginger Hammond . The bumbling Stan and Ollie also get a chance to redeem themselves when they participate in the all-important war game maneuvers. Written by
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This movie was Twentieth Century-Fox's attempt to capitalize on the success of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's wartime comedy smash-hit Buck Privates (1941). The movie's initial script even includes a reference to the A&C film. According to Stan Laurel's daughter Lois Laurel, during the filming of "Buck Privates" Costello even came to Laurel several times to ask his advice on comedy matters. See more »
What did I ever do to deserve a couple of yaps like you?
Maybe you were good to your mother.
Now at 10:00 you're all going over for an IQ test, and according to the answers you give, you'll be classified in a job.
Swell! We're good at quizes, aren't we, Ollie?
Maybe they'll put me in the intelligence "corpse".
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In one respect, this is Laurel and Hardy's best movie, particularly in terms of comic timing. No longer are there silent era delays in the action and no longer are there long set-ups before the comic act. In this film, the comic timing is quick and precise. A 1941 release before the attack on Pearl Harbor (by only two months), this is another of the pro-Army non-specific enemy movies. War had not yet been declared by the United States. However, the draft had been operational in expectation of war in both Europe and the South Pacific. What this film does is to try to illustrate that the draft was fair and equitable, and that the rich were also being called to serve. The movie suggests that the Army was a relatively nice place to be, as Dan Forester (the rich boy) says: "I like the Army more and more each day." Stan and Ollie had joined to protect Dan from the pitfalls of Army life, but who is to protect them from themselves? All in all, it's a funny movie, especially the "first breakfast in the mess hall" scene and the "wrong side of the target range" scene. In war and comedy, timing is indeed everything.
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