Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »
Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.
A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »
With Stan in drag, the boys get jobs as a butler and maid for a dinner party at the Vandevere's. After that ends in disaster, they're reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber. The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education. There they become victims of student pranks, getting lost in the Maze and taking over the Dean's quarters as their own. But then a knock on the head gets Stan to believing he's the famed Lord Paddington, scholar and athlete extraordinaire. Suddenly erudite and supercilious, he retains Oliver as his valet, "Fatty."Written by
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First completed in June 1939, with the final cut of the 42 minute version completed by the end of August 1939; the additional sequences and the extended version were completed in October 1939. The film also bears a 1939 (MCMXXXIX) copyright statement on the opening credits and the United Artists 20th Anniversary (1919-1939) logo on the end credits. See more »
While doing their street-sweeping job, Stan and Ollie are working in front of a building marked 'Finlayson National Bank' (an obvious nod to their frequent co-star James Finlayson, who plays Mr Vandevere in the 'extended' version of this film) and they go to a side doorway to eat their lunch. When the scene changes to the robbery inside the bank, a sign is shown that says 'Farmers & Merchants Bank of Commerce'. The bank robber tries escaping through the doorway where Stan and Ollie are sitting, slips on a banana peel, and they catch him. In a wide shot of the doorway and street, now there are two signs identifying the bank as 'Finlayson National'. (This goof is seen only in the 'extended' version. In the shorter 'streamliner' version the transition to the bank robbery scene is done with a sign that says, 'James Finlayson, President'. This had to be replaced when James Finlayson's role, and the dinner party scene, was added to the shorter 'streamliner' version for distribution overseas.) See more »
Oliver and Stan are yet again down on their luck. A temporary job as a butler and a maid ends in disaster leaving them sweeping the streets. When they foil a bank robbery they get sent to Oxford as a reward to get an education. At Oxford they are targeted for pranks by the other students until a bump on the head reveals Stan's family background.
The story isn't very important - the various episodes aren't always very well linked and are really only excuses for a series of set pieces. However it doesn't mean it's bad. Each bit stands up in it's own right and you don't really notice the tenuous links. Each contains some very funny moments and it's typical of the duo's slow gentle comedy. The only concern I would have is that film comedy now is of the type that must move very quickly, be very crude and be very simple - I don't think audiences raised on "something about mary" style films would all appreciate this film at all.
All the performances are good (with only a few dodgy accents). Laurel and Hardy are good in their well practised roles. James Finlayson is good at his usual squinty, double taking stuff and there's an interesting early role for Peter Cushing.
Overall a little comedy that is slow and gentle - just don't expect the world in terms of plot or belly laughs.
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