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Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

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


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


H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)




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


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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Ninety minutes of continuous laughs. One Hundred Times funnier than their shorter comedies! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 29 September 1932) See more »


Comedy | War


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Did You Know?


In 2001/02 an original poster for the film sold for $4,054. See more »


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 »


Policeman: Who are these gentlemen looking for?
Eddie's baby: Mr. Smith.
Policeman: And where does he live?
Eddie's baby: Who?
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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

There exists also a colorized version. See more »


Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »


Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the military band in the park
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"Smile Boys, That's The Style"
4 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Despite being doughboys in General Pershing's army in France, the Allies still were able to win World War I with Laurel and Hardy in the ranks. But most of Pack Up Your Troubles is spent with the boys as veterans looking for the family of their late comrade Don Dillaway on behalf of his daughter little Jackie Lyn Dufton.

Best scene in the film is when Stan and Ollie are sent out on what their exasperated sergeant thinks and hopes will be a suicide mission. They're told to get a prisoner. Remember this is 1932 and the story of Sergeant York even without the movie being made was known to one and all. How do Stan and Ollie pull off a Sergeant York? Well it involves a prototype tank, the enemy trenches, and some barbed wire. You have to see it being done.

Laurel's scenes especially with the child have a nice ring of pathos to them. Most of the time he's simply an idiot, here he's a lovable idiot. Next best scene in the movie is the little girl reading Stan a bedtime story, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and Laurel falling asleep.

Pack Up Your Troubles has an unusually good cast of recognizable character players in roles that we all identify them with. Of course James Finlayson is there as their commanding general. But also there's Charles Middleton as a welfare inspector, Billy Gilbert whose daughter blows up a marriage to Grady Sutton when the boys think he's Dillaway's father and Mary Gordon as a delightful old Irish mother babysitting the little girl for Stan and Ollie. Third best scene is the police closing in on them and them trying to escape in a dumb waiter.

Only their third sound feature length film and a winner for Laurel And Hardy.

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17 September 1932 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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