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Great Guns (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 10 October 1941 (USA)
Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer will need them now he's drafted.

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(as Montague Banks)

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(original screenplay)
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Dan Forrester
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Hippo
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Col. Ridley
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Dr. Schickel (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Capt. Baker
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Aunt Martha
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Aunt Agatha
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Gen. Taylor
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Doctor
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Col. Wayburn
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Gen. Burns
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Postman
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Storyline

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 Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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THEY'RE BACK AGAIN...in the most hilarious comedy of their career!

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forward March  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When it was released in October 1941 the film was seen as very dated with its focus on a cavalry unit, as the Fall of France and the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union had demonstrated the clear superiority of tanks in warfare. See more »

Goofs

Right after Olivier says, "Those blue boys couldn't hit the side of a barn". He sits back and closes his eyes, and hunkers down, as he waits for the flour bag to hit him. See more »

Quotes

Hippo: What did I ever do to deserve a couple of yaps like you?
Stan: Maybe you were good to your mother.
Hippo: Pipe down!
Stan: Yes, sir.
Hippo: 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.
Stan: Swell! We're good at quizes, aren't we, Ollie?
Oliver: Maybe they'll put me in the intelligence "corpse".
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Connections

References Buck Privates (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played during the opening credits
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Good later Laurel and Hardy!
11 January 2001 | by (Cardiff, California) – See all my reviews

This wartime comedy is one of Laurel and Hardy's first movies for Twentieth Century-Fox, so it isn't nearly as consistently funny as the ones they made at MGM. However, I found this to be very amusing and enjoyable, with many good laughs. The first half is very slow, but once they get involved with their Sergeant Hippo, it picks up a lot. Try not to laugh when Stan shoves a crow down Ollie's pants during an inspection, or when Stan and Ollie are forced to build a pontoon bridge (I liked Stan's choice of wood). All in all, this movie is ten times better than any of the comedies they come out with today and is definitely worth any L&H fans time. 8 out of 10.


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