Review: ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’

Seventy minutes of slapstick is a tall order for Laurel & Hardy and they hardly fill it. It's one of those hokum war farces with the numbskull L&H jazzing up the army as hapless rookies.

Seventy minutes of slapstick is a tall order for Laurel & Hardy and they hardly fill it. It’s one of those hokum war farces with the numbskull L&H jazzing up the army as hapless rookies.

There’s also a wartime buddy’s girl baby whom the well-meaning L&H endeavor to return to her grandparents, a Mr and Mrs Smith. Trying to identify the Smiths through the city directory constitutes a major portion of that sort of pseudo-comedy.

One wonders why it wasn’t kept to the confines of the usual twin-reeler as in the past.

Pack Up Your Troubles

Production

M-G-M. Director George Marshall, Raymond McCarey; Producer Hal Roach; Screenplay H.M. Walker; Camera Art Lloyd; Editor Richard Currier

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Donald Dillaway Jacquie Lyn Mary Carr James Finlayson
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