Nothing But Trouble (1944)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  6 December 1944 (USA)
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Two bumbling servants are hired by a dizzy society matron to cook and serve a meal to visiting royalty.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Hawkley
Philip Merivale ...
Prince Saul
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Hawkley
David Leland ...
John Warburton ...
Matthew Boulton ...
Prince Prentiloff
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Flannigan


Working as chef and butler, the boys wreck a fancy dinner party and, in the process, accidently foil a plot, by enemy agents, to poison a young exiled king. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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king | butler | zoo | steak | soup kitchen | See All (19) »


Nothing but fun! (Title lobby card).




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Release Date:

6 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Homefront  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM production number 1332. See more »


The raw sirloin in the lion's cage bounces when dropped, showing it as rubber or plastic. See more »


Mrs. Elvira Hawkley: I thought a little spot of this might refresh you before taking up your new duties. It's Chateauneuf 1924.
Stan: Gee, that's pretty old. Haven't you got anything new?
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Featured in Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives and Magic (2011) See more »


The Notre Dame Victory March
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Michael J. Shea
Lyrics by John F. Shea
Sung a cappella by Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, David Leland, Robert Emmett O'Connor,
Ray Teal and Joe Yule at the end
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Character instead of gags
4 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Nothing But Trouble, one of Laurel&Hardy's last comedies relies more on the well known characters they've created as opposed to Hal Roach like gags. It's not a bad film, but I fear disappointing to their fans then and now.

Even in wartime America Stan and Ollie just can't find work. But a desperate Mary Boland in a typical rich empty headed dowager hires the two of them as cook and butler. Needless to say they're not real good at these jobs like all the others they've tried over the years in short subject and feature length movies. Boland and her husband Henry O'Neill regret it before the film is over.

But the boys also meet young David Leland who is an exiled king from some Ruritanian Balkan country that Mr. Hitler has overrun. Even in exile the young king has enemies.

Best part of the film is when the boys try to serve Ollie's favorite specialty Beef Oliver as he names it. It's quite a slab of meat and most under cooked. They bring in a cross cut saw to try and slice it up.

I wish there were more moments like these.

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