After missing his train, Stan Laurel meets a Good Samaritan who invites him back to his home for rest and relaxation. It proves a most arduous vacation but even amidst the angry suffragettes and demanding hosts, Laurel hazards into love.
Larry, apparently a wealthy young man-about-town, romances Vera, who has developed a new invention, a gas mask, for use in the war. Larry leaves Vera's house unaware that German spies are ... See full summary »
Stan inherits a yacht and a South Pacific island. Ollie and Stan sail there with 2 other men. They shipwreck on a new atoll and settle there. An ex-fiancee joins them. They declare an independent nation and problems arise.
Stan Laurel's blundering worker drops all kinds of heavy props on poor James Finlayson, the foreman of a failing lumber company that cannot possibly have enough insurance to cover all the ... See full summary »
Director Larry Semon and a young Stan Laurel costar as prisoners loafing on the chain gang. As both comrades and rivals, their paired movements result in strikingly choreographed slapstick.... See full summary »
George Burns used to mourn the death of vaudeville, saying "There's no place for a kid to be bad anymore." No place for him to learn his craft. Well, Stan Laurel knew how to be a silent clown: anyone who came out of Fred Karno's troupe knew that. But here, though, he is busy ringing the changes on bad film comedy. When he had done everything poorly, what was left was Mr. Laurel.
At this point, Hal Roach was looking for more film comedians: all he had was Harold Lloyd's series and a graduate of Fred Karno's troupe seemed just the thing. Unhappily, there isn't much to this one, in which Stan plays a badly-dressed janitor in a building where various subplots are busy going on. There aren't even good titles -- that would have to wait for the arrival of H.M. Walker the following decade. For the moment, we are treated to such witticisms as "Toby owns his own vacuum cleaner. He bought it on the installment plan and is still stalling." For fanatics of Stan Laurel only.
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