The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie's father and turn the child over ... See full summary »
It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to... See full summary »
Heading for a newly inherited island, the boys are shipwrecked and marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her ... See full summary »
Unbeknownst to Stanley and Oliver, their long-lost twin brothers, sailors Alfie and Bert are in town on shore leave carrying a valuable pearl ring entrusted to them by their ship's captain.... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey ... See full summary »
Turned down when they try to enlist, the boys do the next best thing and become air raid wardens. They uncover and foil a Nazi plot to sabotage a magnesium plant. Written by
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Supposedly, Civil Defense representatives were present as "advisors" during the filming to ensure none of the gags in the movie would cast a negative light on the efficiency of their organization. See more »
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This Propaganda Piece finds Stan and Ollie doing Their Bit for Hollywood Wartime Hooey. Made during the Team's Final Years it is not one the Fan Base finds Amusing and it is mostly Dismissed or Panned, sighting Declining Health and an Uncooperative Studio.
There are a Few Moments of Levity and Slapstick, "Do we get helmets and everything?", says an elated Stan, but the Boys don't fit very well into the Plot and sometimes the Script is Downright Depressing. L&H being Framed for Drunkenness, Stan Writing His Name, and an Odd Piece of Self-Pity that comes off as Extremely Sad.
The Few Gags that Work make it Worth a Watch but don't Expect a Sharp Outing from Laurel and Hardy. It's one of those Rah-Rah Wartime Efforts that Exploit the Comedians and really does Result in a Flaccid Effort from All Involved.
Note...Viewed Today this is easily one of L&H lesser efforts, but in context (1943), the New York Times Review reports that the audience in the Theatre was having a good time with the Movie. If that is true, this War Effort was not a total waste for Stan and Ollie.
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