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The boys are detectives working in Mexico. Laurel happens to resemble a famous matador who has disappeared, and he is enlisted to replace him in the bullring. Written by
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Laurel and Hardy's final American film finds them playing detectives in Mexico looking for a woman. They end up with a seedy promoter (Richard Lane) who wants to pass Laurel off as a famous bullfighter. The boys have to go along with the plan so that the promoter doesn't turn them over to an man they wrongfully sent to prison years earlier. Going through L&H's final films at Fox, I think one could agree that they're not the best work from the boys but at the same time they're not nearly as horrible as their reputations would have you believe. This film here certainly isn't the greatest but there are enough laughs to make it worth viewing and the 61-minute running time goes by rather quickly. The best gag in the film happens early on when the boys are sitting next to a fountain and Laurel accidentally shoots Hardy with some water. Hardy, thinking it was a man sitting next to them, starts a water fight and this rather long sequence just keeps getting funnier and funnier as it goes along. What's so special about this scene isn't the water being thrown around but the facial expressions of Hardy as he keeps getting into a bigger mess. It's also priceless just seeing the look on Laurel's face as he sits back not understanding what's going on. The rest of the gags are hit and miss at best and this includes a misfire involving the boys and some eggs. The final gag inside the bullring isn't as funny as it could have been and the very final gag is a complete disaster and comes off rather embarrassing. With that said, there are enough laughs here so fans will certainly want to check it out but those new to the group will certainly want to try their earlier work first.
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