“If you want me to go, I’ll stay as long as you like.”
A WWI soldier (Stan Laurel) stays in the trenches for 20 years, not realizing the war is over; when he’s finally discovered, his buddy (Oliver Hardy) brings his home to meet his wife (Minna Gombell), who mistakenly believes Ollie is having an affair with an old flame (Patsy Moran).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Laurel and Hardy Films
- Marital Problems
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary argues that while this “enjoyable Laurel-and-Hardy comedy” “hasn’t many high points and the ending is too quick”, it’s “consistently amusing and a good showcase for the team’s unique style”. I agree. While the storyline is ultimately more episodic than narrative-driven (nothing more is ever made of Laurel’s infamous over-stay in the trenches, for instance), there are enough fun sight gags throughout to keep one engaged. By the way, having watched nearly all the Laurel and Hardy titles in Peary’s book, only a handful stand out to me as “must see” for all-purpose film fanatics: this title, Babes in Toyland (1934), Sons of the Desert (1933), and Way Out West (1937). By watching all four of these films, ffs will have a chance to see the gamut of L&H’s best gags; and those who become enamored with the duo will be delighted to know they made literally dozens of other films, both short and full-length.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
Yes; this remains one of Laurel and Hardy’s most amusing films, and will likely be enjoyed by most film fanatics.