“I just love the way you show people carry on.”
A pair of well-meaning jazz musicians (Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel) team up with a con-artist (Robert Bailey) to help a singer (Vivian Blaine) recover money stolen from her wealthy mother.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Laurel and Hardy Films
- Mistaken Identities
Jitterbugs is the last Laurel and Hardy film included in Peary’s book, and while it’s not one of their must-see films, it remains a reasonably enjoyable tale of mistaken identities and double-crossing cons. Unlike many of the L&H titles listed in GFTFF, this film has a clear and fairly engaging storyline, moving quickly through its 75 minutes; even the incorporation of a few musical numbers (including an opening ditty by the boys as they play their two-man band, and several songs by Blaine) feels natural rather than bringing things to a halt. Watch for Laurel in drag, and Hardy convincingly portraying a womanizing southern colonel.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A reasonably entertaining long-con storyline
No, though Laurel and Hardy fans won’t want to miss this one.
One thought on “Jitterbugs (1943)”
First viewing – not must-see.
Here we go again – another example of dated L&H humor. Those who prefer their entertainment very very very…very light may find some diversion (but it’s doubtful). The addition of more of a real plot (including a few lackluster songs) does little to help.
It’s unfortunate that time has not been kind to most L&H films – but a few of them (as noted elsewhere) have retained some value.