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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!

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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 movie was Twentieth Century-Fox's attempt to capitalize on the success of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's wartime comedy smash-hit Buck Privates (1941). The movie's initial script even includes a reference to the A&C film. According to Stan Laurel's daughter Lois Laurel, during the filming of "Buck Privates" Costello even came to Laurel several times to ask his advice on comedy matters. See more »

Goofs

Right after Oliver says, "Those blue boys couldn't hit the side of a barn". He sits back and closes his eyes, and hunkers down, as he waits for the flour bag to hit him. See more »

Quotes

Stan: [Hippo lights his pipe with an exploded shell and gets soot all over his face] Look, they've assigned us a porter.
Oliver: You may start over here, my good man, and you may have Thursdays off.
Stan: Twice a week.
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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played during the opening credits
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Great Guns (1941) ***
19 May 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

It's time to re-evaluate the scathing history of Laurel and Hardy's post-1940 films made for 20th Century-Fox and at least give some of them a break. It's always been written that the classy Fox studio just didn't understand the comedy of Stan and Ollie, and that every film the duo did with them in the '40s is plain unfunny and a disgrace to their talents. Well, not so in my book.

GREAT GUNS was the first Fox feature for Laurel and Hardy and it was inspired by Abbott & Costello's huge army hit, BUCK PRIVATES, which had been released early the same year and made millions at the box office. Here, Stan and Ollie play two concerned mentors who decide to enlist in the U.S. army to keep an eye on their wealthy but sickly young employer, who's just been drafted and insists on serving duty against his doctor's orders. Once in uniform, L&H must contend with their classically nasty sergeant, a firing practice that goes amusingly wrong, and all sorts of other zany mishaps, the topper of which involves a black crow that winds up nesting inside Ollie's pants during a drill!

Yes, things certainly were modified a bit for Laurel and Hardy's characters in these later Fox feature films. But only we most dedicated of followers would even notice this, and even then some of us don't mind as long as we can laugh a bit (which we still do). The boys are not boys at this point, and time has marched on. We'll always have the best of their classic '30s Hal Roach talkies to fall back on when we want the cream of the crop, but there are moments to be enjoyed in the Fox films too, if we can let go and stop comparing them to something else. *** out of ****


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