Hal Roach introduces Oliver Hardy in straight comedy. Teamed with Harry Langdon – drafted to replace Stan Laurel – Hardy gives out with a minimum of slapstick antics and knockabout stunts. A few of Hardy’s double-takes remain, but the rest is a straight portrayal.
Slender story provided [by Walter De Leon and Arnold Belgard] does not warrant the amount of footage. Script is a series of incidents tied together in not too compact form.
As the doctor in a Mississippi town of the 1870s, Hardy is called on to treat Zenobia, elephant belonging to a carnival pitchman (Langdon). Pachyderm gratefully follows Hardy around, through buildings and into a reception for his daughter. Matter winds up in court, with Langdon suing Hardy for alienation of the beast’s affections.