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Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, War | 17 September 1932 (USA)
Two war veterans help orphaned child to find her grandfather.

Directors:

George Marshall, Ray McCarey (as Raymond McCarey) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue) (as H. M. Walker)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Don Dillaway ... Eddie Smith (as Donald Dillaway)
Jackie Lyn Dufton Jackie Lyn Dufton ... Eddie's Baby (as Jacquie Lynn)
Mary Carr ... Old Woman with Letter
James Finlayson ... General
Richard Cramer ... Uncle Jack (as Rychard Cramer)
Adele Watson ... Annie
Tom Kennedy ... Recruiting Sergeant
Charles Middleton ... Welfare Association Officer
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Smith
Muriel Evans ... Wrong Eddie's Bride
Grady Sutton ... The Wrong Eddie
C. Montague Shaw ... Wrong Eddie's Father (as Montague Shaw)
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Hathaway
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Storyline

The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie's father and turn the child over to him. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong Smiths, and in the process disrupt a wedding by proclaiming the baby to be the groom's child. To evade the Welfare Association, they try to skip town, raising money for their escape by hocking their lunch wagon. But they accidentally knock the bank president unconscious and wind up being hunted down for bank robbery. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Ninety minutes of continuous laughs. One Hundred Times funnier than their shorter comedies! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 29 September 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick & Doof als Rekruten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ray McCarey receives co-directorial credit, but it is widely accepted that George Marshall was the de facto director. See more »

Goofs

Banker Smith's office is in the typical 1932 art-deco style, which had not yet come into vogue at the time the scene is supposedly taking place, circa 1920. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Any luck? Where'd you go?
Stan: Not a bit.
Oliver: Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
Stan: I went all the way to Poughkeepsie - and that ain't them.
[shows Ollie a box of Smith Brothers' Cough Drops]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: April 1917 -

When the scratch of a pen on Capitol Hill caused crowns to rattle - - See more »

Alternate Versions

In all video releases, the extended scene of Eddie's Baby living with Richard Cramer were edited due to their unpleasant nature of child and wife beating, but they are aired on AMC and TCM. The complete, unedited version of the movie was released on DVD independently in 2004. See more »

Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!
12 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again, Stan and Ollie find themselves being potentially done in for trying to do the right thing. Through a series of events, the boys find themselves in France in the service. They are totally incompetent as soldiers, of course, but they make the acquaintance of Eddie Smith, who helps them get by. Eddie gets a Dear John letter and gets the boys to promise that if anything happens to him, they will see that his baby gets taken to his father's home. Well, the sad thing happens and they are in his debt...a promising made. They are released from the Army as heroes for inadvertently rounding up a battalion of German soldiers. Once back in the states, they begin the arduous process of finding a man named Smith. This allows them to make some hilarious mistakes, including telling a bridegroom at his wedding that they have his child. A mistake, of course. This is a touching, loving effort. But, of course, these guys seldom catch a break.


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