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Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick & Doof als Rekruten See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stan Laurel once remarked that Richard Cramer, seen here as the abusive foster father, had absolutely no sense of humor, and played everything straight. Stan used him when he needed a serious character who wouldn't try to get a laugh. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when the newsboy is selling papers announcing war has been declared, it's supposed to be April, 1917, but all the women in the scene are wearing cloche hats and short 1930 skirts. When L&H are sitting on the park bench, all the women in the background are dressed appropriately for 1917. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: This is your son's baby.
Eddie "Steamboat": Oh, blackmailers, huh?
[punches Ollie in the face]
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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

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

Soundtracks

Dance of the Cuckoos
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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An average series entry still has the unmistakable touch of comic genius.
28 December 2000 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews

Early Laurel & Hardy feature isn't among their best, but still provides entertaining viewing.

Story begins with America entering the First World War, and L&H conscripted into the army after being spotted loafing on a park bench. Action moves to training camp, then onto the trenches in France before returning to America. Here Laurel & Hardy find themselves responsible for a dead army buddy's little girl, whom they must return to her rightful guardian.

Film isn't as polished as later entries, and certainly can't compete with the likes of 'Sons of the Desert'. Even so, the continual odd-couple bickering between the two ensures plenty of laughs. The scene where they go to the Bank to get a loan on the strength of their mobile food business is out of the top draw - if there is a better comedy duo in movie history I've yet to see them.


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