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Great Guns (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 10 October 1941 (USA)
Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer will need them now he's drafted.

Director:

Monty Banks (as Montague Banks)

Writer:

Lou Breslow (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver
Sheila Ryan ... Ginger Hammond
Dick Nelson Dick Nelson ... Dan Forrester
Edmund MacDonald ... Hippo
Charles Trowbridge ... Col. Ridley
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Schickel (as Ludwig Stossel)
Kane Richmond ... Capt. Baker
Mae Marsh ... Aunt Martha
Ethel Griffies ... Aunt Agatha
Paul Harvey ... Gen. Taylor
Charles Arnt ... Doctor
Pierre Watkin ... Col. Wayburn
Russell Hicks ... Gen. Burns
Irving Bacon ... Postman
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Laurel and Hardy work for sickly heir Dan Forrester, who has been diagnosed with a myriad of debilitating allergies. However, when the draft board sees things differently and he seems very happy to leave the confines of his sick room, his loyal employees join him in the U. S. Army. He seems to thrive on Army chow and regimen and even becomes a rival to the growling Sergeant Hippo for the affections of beautiful post employee Ginger Hammond . The bumbling Stan and Ollie also get a chance to redeem themselves when they participate in the all-important war game maneuvers. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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THEY'RE BACK AGAIN...in the most hilarious comedy of their career!

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Trivia

The last active Army Horse Cavalry Units were disbanded in 1940 but some National Guard units survived till 1942. This could very well be the last real Cavalry movie with real cavalrymen. See more »

Goofs

These new inductees have way too much free time. As a trainee, the Army runs you ragged until you finish with basic training. The only time you have off is just before you hit the rack. Especially in the first four weeks. In some cases, you get some time to go to the PX. But it's rare. See more »

Quotes

Hippo: What did I ever do to deserve a couple of yaps like you?
Stan: Maybe you were good to your mother.
Hippo: Pipe down!
Stan: Yes, sir.
Hippo: Now at 10:00 you're all going over for an IQ test, and according to the answers you give, you'll be classified in a job.
Stan: Swell! We're good at quizes, aren't we, Ollie?
Oliver: Maybe they'll put me in the intelligence "corpse".
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Connections

Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Sabre and Spurs
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the opening cavalry montage
Also played by the military band during the parade
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Quite good for Laurel & Hardy '40's standards.
7 September 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

It's a fact that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy did their best works for the MGM studios. Their later works for the Twentieth Century-Fox studios aren't exactly the most classic ones around. This is one of those typical Twentieth Century-Fox Laurel & Hardy pictures, that in style and humor quite differs from their early work but still has its certain charm and entertainment value, although the movie is far from an hilarious or great one.

Once again Laurel & Hardy are in the army. This time the movie focuses on their mishaps in boot-camp. Laurel & Hardy don't really get to show the best of their qualities in this movie but the provide the movie with a couple of entertaining moments nevertheless. There are a couple of sequences that are still are of comical greatness, such as the scene in which the boys ride in a jeep during a combat exercise but like often was the case in their later movies, there are more misses than hits with its humor. The movie isn't consistently funny but yet it always remains perfectly entertaining to watch, although I would definitely had prefer some more slapstick from the two boys.

Reason why this movie still works out quite well, is due to its well written story. It makes the movie flow well and also is the reason why this movie is such a perfectly entertaining one. It makes the movie consistent and provides it with some good comical moments and dialog.

The love-story of the movie, between the Sheila Ryan and Dick Nelson characters, is quite enjoyable and not as distracting as often had been the case in other Laurel & Hardy pictures

The movie is a great looking one with good costumes and sets. It's obvious that they spend quite some money on this movie. The movie ends with quite a big battle sequences that is well fitted into the movie and makes sure that the movie ends with a blast.

Might not be so hilarious be very entertaining nevertheless.

7/10

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