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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 »


Oliver: We just like to see kids have fun.
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Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »


America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
In the score when a ship heads for the United States
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"All you have to do is look the lion straight in the eye. Lions are afraid of that. I read that in a book." "But did the lion read the book?"
12 January 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The ten films Laurel and Hardy made after parting company with Hal Roach have an atrocious reputation, though this is probably better than most. It's never very funny, but it at least feels like a Stan and Ollie picture on occasion.

Yet it's amazing how undignified some of the scenes are for the boys. Seeing Stan and Ollie degrading themselves by getting stomped on by children, or Ollie on all fours impersonating a lion, is excruciating to watch. Also of note in the two MGM movies is how Americanised Stan's speech is. Did Cumbrian-born Stan always utter things like "gee", "swell" and "ain't"?

What also puzzles is how the post-Roach pictures not only misunderstood what made Laurel and Hardy funny, but also their basic nature. I've always thought of the duo as humanitarians, yet here they turn away a young boy who tells them that he's being beaten by his uncle. Okay, they later rescind on the decision and go completely the opposite way into pure sentimentality, but it still worries.

The plot (which overshadows Stan and Ollie's involvement at times) is unusually macabre; a tale of intended infanticide for political gain. However, David Leland does bring a lot of enthusiasm to his role as the boy king, and the scene where Stan argues unknowingly over poisoned food is amusing.

On the negative side, the back projection used in the film betrays its budget, and some of the dialogue – "Stanley, at times you're most trying" "Well you can't blame me for trying" – seems a self-conscious, For Love Or Mummy-style attempt to emulate past glories. Yet even though the movie is proficiently made but not very funny, I did crack up at the suicide scene. Okay, so Harold Lloyd could have sued (It turns out director Sam Taylor worked on eight Lloyd movies, including the obviously sampled Safety Last), but this one bit of nonsense did work for me, and almost brings the film's standing up to a level of mediocrity. Almost.

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