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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forward March See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's first movie for a major studio--their previous films had been released by MGM but not made by the studio--and they were confounded by the ways of the Hollywood studio system. All of their previous films had been shot in sequence and had been directed, edited and supervised by an uncredited Stan Laurel; Fox did not allow him such creative activity. In later years Laurel continually and bitterly recalled the "shabby" treatment he and Hardy received from Fox and MGM. 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.
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Oliver: Maybe they'll put me in the intelligence "corpse".
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Referenced in Blue, White and Perfect (1942) See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Played during the opening credits
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Good later Laurel and Hardy!
11 January 2001 | by celloreySee all my reviews

This wartime comedy is one of Laurel and Hardy's first movies for Twentieth Century-Fox, so it isn't nearly as consistently funny as the ones they made at MGM. However, I found this to be very amusing and enjoyable, with many good laughs. The first half is very slow, but once they get involved with their Sergeant Hippo, it picks up a lot. Try not to laugh when Stan shoves a crow down Ollie's pants during an inspection, or when Stan and Ollie are forced to build a pontoon bridge (I liked Stan's choice of wood). All in all, this movie is ten times better than any of the comedies they come out with today and is definitely worth any L&H fans time. 8 out of 10.


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