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 »
After being discharged from the 372nd infantry, on account of a bean shortage, smithy seeks employment. He finds employment at a construction site, where he helps to build a house, and soon... See full summary »
Two convicts (Laurel & Hardy), in an escape attempt, tunnel into the warden's office, instead. They then disguise themselves as painters and walk out the front gate. Needing new clothes, ... See full summary »
After being beaten to a story of scandal involving Countess Polasky, James W. Hornby assigns his son 24 hours to find an even more scandalous story about the countess. After spending the ... See full summary »
Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. When a pie delivery man (Hall) ... 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 »
It's difficult to judge these old silent films from a modern perspective. It really was another age and time. I find them all a bit confusing at times trying to understand exactly what is happening without the benefit of sound to help. Perhaps the silent movie audiences of the time had some type of mental shorthand that allowed them to grasp the subtle nuances of the plots and action.
All I can figure is that Stan Laurel is picked up at the train depot and brought back by the husband to the family home where the wife is having a suffragette meeting. None too pleased they cause mayhem and then the neighbours are brought into it as Stan cleans up the backyard by throwing all the rubbish into their award winning garden.
Stan falls foul of them again when he steals their food to give to his new friends and is finally left outside in the yard mooning over the neighbours' daughter in a downpour.
Again, from today's viewpoint, it looks like it was made up as it went along and the slapstick and pratfalls of the time aren't that funny anymore. And is really only interesting as a curio of the work that Stan did before he famously teamed up with Ollie.
I came across this short at the end of a video tape of 'March of the Wooden Soldiers,' a full length L&H film. It was uncredited on the box cover and how it got there is a puzzle.
For L&H completists only.
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