The owner of an American bean cannery and his wife are expecting the arrival of two orphans from war-torn England, but the "youngsters" arrive and are two addled-brain adults, Albert (Harry...
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The owner of an American bean cannery and his wife are expecting the arrival of two orphans from war-torn England, but the "youngsters" arrive and are two addled-brain adults, Albert (Harry Langdon) and Alfred Prattle (Charles Rogers). Making a worse deal out of a bad one, the owner puts them to work in his cannery where, among other mishaps, they manage to place a $100,000 gem in a can of beans. The word gets out and customers, hoping to buy the can with the gem, clear the market place of the company's beans.Written by
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Saturday 28 May 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Cincinnati Monday 5 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in New York City Sunday 21 May 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »
Not as bad as I'd expected...in fact, it's worth seeing.
Harry Langdon made quite a few lovely comedies back in the 1920s. Sadly, he left the studio and his best director (Frank Capra...yes THAT Frank Capra) and went to other studios....with mostly disastrous results. Many of these films of the 30s and early 40s were simply terrible...so I expected "Double Trouble" to be pretty bad....and fortunately, it wasn't. Is it anything like his brilliant films of the 20s? Not even close...but it is watchable and makes for a decent time-passer.
First, a bit of context for the film. Back in the early 40s, during the bombing of London, many children were sent to other parts of the UK and even North America so they'd be spared the danger. So, when you learn that the Whitmores have agreed to take in two kids from England, they THOUGHT they were doing the right thing. Unfortunately, the 'kids' were adults...and idiots. Burt and Alf (Harry Langdon and Charley Rogers) arrive and are NOT welcomed by Mr. Whitmore! Eventually, however, Mr. Whitmore relents and allows them to stay. He also gives them jobs in his packing plant. Unfortunately, through some mix ups AND dumbness on Burt's part, a super valuable diamond bracelet is accidentally lost in a can of beans! What's next?
This is a pleasant and undemanding film...just like many from tiny Monogram Studio. My only complaint is that the 'brothers' were an odd choice, as Rogers is clearly English but Langdon, well, he's about as English as pizza....making them an odd pair of brothers.
By the way, this duo also made another film, "House of Errors", but it's not nearly as watchable. That one, I'd avoid.
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