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Bonnie Scotland (1935)

Passed | | Comedy | 23 August 1935 (USA)
Stan and Ollie mistakenly enlist in the army and find themselves posted to the Northwest Frontier in India on a dangerous mission.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writers:

Frank Butler (screen play), Jefferson Moffitt (screen play) (as Jeff Moffitt)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley MacLaurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
June Lang ... Lorna MacLaurel
William Janney ... Allan Douglas
Anne Grey ... Lady Violet Ormsby
Vernon Steele ... Col. Gregor McGregor
James Finlayson ... Sgt. Maj. Finlayson
David Torrence ... Mr. Miggs - the Lawyer
Maurice Black Maurice Black ... Khan Mir Jutra
Daphne Pollard ... Millie - the Maid
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Bickerdike
Lionel Belmore ... Blacksmith
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Stan and Ollie stowaway to Scotland expecting to inherit the MacLaurel estate. However Stan's inheritance amounts to a set of bagpipes and a snuff box. The boys are tricked into enlisting in the army and are posted to India where the heiress to the MacLaurel estate has moved to be near her guardian. Her Scottish sweetheart Allan also enlists. The boys are "volunteered" by the Sergeant (Finlayson) to impersonate officers at the palace of Mir Jutra and foil a plot to murder the officers by overturning several beehives. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes of the Regiment See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of the principal players, only James Finlayson, David Torrence, and Mary Gordon were authentic Scots, all three having been born there. See more »

Goofs

Stan is cleaning his rifle with his handkerchief but in a reverse shot there's no handkerchief. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.
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Alternate Versions

"Bang Bang", "I'm a Mess" and "The Rookies" were shorts from "Bonnie Scotland" for TV. See more »


Soundtracks

One Hundred Pipers
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played by marching soldiers
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By Yon Bonnie Banks And By Yon Bonnie Braes, The Sun Shines High On MacLaurel
8 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie travel all the way to Bonnie Scotland to collect on an inheritance left by Stan MacLaurel's late grandfather. Both he and his cousin June Lang are provided, but she's not of age and she's under the firm guardianship of Colonel Vernon Steele and his scheming Mrs., Anne Grey.

William Janney, the clerk in lawyer David Torrence's office is in love with June Lang, but she's spirited off to India during the British Raj. Never mind, Stan and Ollie and poor young Janney also find their way there as the scene of the plot shifts from Bonnie Scotland to India with the Highlanders.

It's all a pretty thin plot, but good enough to hang some of Stan and Ollie's best screen moments on. One of my all time favorites is when Ollie has an encounter with a snuff box which was half of Laurel's inheritance the other half being a set of bagpipes. Another is when Stan and Ollie try to use the bedsprings in their hotel to grill some fish and nearly burn poor Mary Gordon's establishment down.

After the boys go into the Indian Army they become the bane of the existence of their old nemesis, Sergeant James Finlayson. In the end Janney, Finlayson, and the boys provide a hilarious ending to a tribal rebellion.

Films like Lives of a Bengal Lancer and Charge of the Light Brigade about the British Raj take one good beating from producer Hal Roach and his intrepid and incomparable stars. For fans of Stan and Ollie the world over.


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