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Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, War | 17 September 1932 (USA)
Two war veterans help orphaned child to find her grandfather.

Directors:

George Marshall, Ray McCarey (as Raymond McCarey) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Don Dillaway ... Eddie Smith (as Donald Dillaway)
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Eddie's Baby (as Jacquie Lynn)
Mary Carr ... Old Woman with Letter
James Finlayson ... General
Richard Cramer ... Uncle Jack (as Rychard Cramer)
Adele Watson ... Annie
Tom Kennedy ... Recruiting Sergeant
Charles Middleton ... Welfare Association Officer
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Smith
Muriel Evans ... Wrong Eddie's Bride
Grady Sutton ... The Wrong Eddie
C. Montague Shaw ... Wrong Eddie's Father (as Montague Shaw)
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Hathaway
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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 to him. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong Smiths, and in the process disrupt a wedding by proclaiming the baby to be the groom's child. To evade the Welfare Association, they try to skip town, raising money for their escape by hocking their lunch wagon. But they accidentally knock the bank president unconscious and wind up being hunted down for bank robbery. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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STAN LAUREL - OLIVER HARDY open up their grandest bag of laughs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The scene where the little girl tells Stan the story about Goldilocks and Stan falls asleep was originally written for Ollie. See more »

Goofs

When Ollie flings a teapot of boiling water on Uncle Jack a few pieces of dry ice fall out revealing that the steam was the result of placing dry ice in the water. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Wasting your time like that! While I'm here slaving all day. Why don't you do something to help me?
Stan: Well, what can I do?
Oliver: Well, you can take care of the baby awhile. I've got my ironing to do!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: April 1917 -

When the scratch of a pen on Capitol Hill caused crowns to rattle - - See more »

Alternate Versions

In all video releases, the extended scene of Eddie's Baby living with Richard Cramer were edited due to their unpleasant nature of child and wife beating, but they are aired on AMC and TCM. The complete, unedited version of the movie was released on DVD independently in 2004. See more »

Connections

Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played at the Army Camp
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27 November 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

I'm surprised this film came along so relatively early in Laurel & Hardy's career because, although it has a couple of stand-out moments, for the most part it falls below the usual high standard of their output with Hal Roach. In this one they find themselves enlisted in the army during WWI where by some fluke they manage to capture an entire German unit. Unfortunately, the friend they make in the army isn't so lucky and leaves an orphaned little girl at home that the boys decide to return to her grandparents.

Laurel & Hardy were still predominantly making shorts when this feature-length movie was made in 1932, and you get the impression that an awful lot of padding was involved to reach the hour mark. Now, the boys can make trying to walk through a doorway funny, but even they struggle to maintain a decent level of consistency throughout. The best scenes are those involving the little girl, even though she goes a little overboard on the cute factor. At one point, there's a neat role reversal as Stan struggles to keep his eyes open while she recites her own version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – in fact, thinking about it, the entire film could be seen as a remodelling of typical fairy-tale plots.

As a meaningless aside, have you ever wondered who does the really dull jobs in the glamorous world of movies? In their quest for the grandparents of their young charge, Stan & Ollie phone every Smith in the phone book. To prove it, director Ray McCarey shows us a shot of four or five pages of the telephone directory with every entry crossed through, and I couldn't help wondering whether the poor dogsbody who did all that hand-numbing work even got a mention in the credits...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pack Up Your Troubles See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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