“I thought you said 100 soldiers six feet high!”
Oliver Dee (Oliver Hardy) and Stanlee Dum (Stan Laurel) attempt to rescue Little Bo Peep (Charlotte Henry) from the evil clutches of Silas Barnaby (Harry Kleinbach).
- Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Mythology
- Laurel & Hardy Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this imaginative operetta — which has “always been a favorite of children” but has recently “become a cult favorite of adults as well” — has much to recommend it: multiple familiar fairy tale friends; “nifty” costumes; an exciting story of good versus evil; and the wonderful comedic team of Laurel and Hardy. He argues that this “MGM production is one of the best fantasies of the pre-Wizard of Oz days,” given the “storybook characters are fun, [and the] battle between the soldiers (whose march is animated) and the Bogeyman is as exciting as anything that would turn up in Flash Gordon.” As Peary notes, however, some of the songs could probably have been cut; unlike the highly memorable roster of tunes in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Victor Herbert’s operatic arias here are sappy and instantly forgettable.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Laurel and Hardy as the infinitely clueless Dum and Dee
- Inventive sets and costumes
- Fun incorporation of multiple fairy tale characters into one story
Yes, as a cult favorite.