Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

64 or 70 mins | Comedy | 17 September 1932

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Although an FD news item stated that actress Paulette Goddard would be making her "initial screen appearance" in this film, modern sources note that she had played bit roles in earlier films. Modern sources also note that Anita Louise did not appear in the completed film, although FD and NYT news items reported that she had been borrowed from RKO for "the leading feminine role." Modern sources add the following information about the production: director George Marshall played "Pierre," and co-director Raymond McCarey directed little, if any, of the film even though he is credited on screen. Re-issues of the picture often do not include the sequences in which "Jack" beats his wife "Annie" and "Eddie's baby" and then calls his friend "Jerry" to help him beat up "Stan" and "Ollie," therefore Adele Watson and Dick Gilbert, who played "Jerry," are not seen. Frank Brownlee, who plays a drill sergeant, was originally set for the part of "Mr. Hathaway," which was played by Billy Gilbert. Lloyd French and Harry Black were the assistant directors.
       Modern sources include the following in the cast: Nora Cecil (Officer of the Eastside Welfare Association); Marvin Hatley, Pat Harmon, Ben Hendricks Jr., Bud Fine , Frank S. Hagney , Bob O'Conor, Pete Gordon, and Baldwin Cooke (Doughboys); James C. Morton, Gene Morgan and James Mason (Police officers); Frank Rice (Parkins); Charley Rogers (Rogers); Al Hallet and William O'Brien (Butlers); Charles Dorety (Passerby); Jack Hill (New recruit and pedestrian at end); Ham Kinsey (Man who delivers telegram and a doughboy ...

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Although an FD news item stated that actress Paulette Goddard would be making her "initial screen appearance" in this film, modern sources note that she had played bit roles in earlier films. Modern sources also note that Anita Louise did not appear in the completed film, although FD and NYT news items reported that she had been borrowed from RKO for "the leading feminine role." Modern sources add the following information about the production: director George Marshall played "Pierre," and co-director Raymond McCarey directed little, if any, of the film even though he is credited on screen. Re-issues of the picture often do not include the sequences in which "Jack" beats his wife "Annie" and "Eddie's baby" and then calls his friend "Jerry" to help him beat up "Stan" and "Ollie," therefore Adele Watson and Dick Gilbert, who played "Jerry," are not seen. Frank Brownlee, who plays a drill sergeant, was originally set for the part of "Mr. Hathaway," which was played by Billy Gilbert. Lloyd French and Harry Black were the assistant directors.
       Modern sources include the following in the cast: Nora Cecil (Officer of the Eastside Welfare Association); Marvin Hatley, Pat Harmon, Ben Hendricks Jr., Bud Fine , Frank S. Hagney , Bob O'Conor, Pete Gordon, and Baldwin Cooke (Doughboys); James C. Morton, Gene Morgan and James Mason (Police officers); Frank Rice (Parkins); Charley Rogers (Rogers); Al Hallet and William O'Brien (Butlers); Charles Dorety (Passerby); Jack Hill (New recruit and pedestrian at end); Ham Kinsey (Man who delivers telegram and a doughboy); Dorothy Layton (Bridesmaid); Ellinor Van Der Veer and Natalie Moorhead (Unperturbed society matrons at wedding); Mary Gordon (Mrs. MacTavish); Lew Kelly (Saunders); Charlie Hall (Street worker); Robert E. Homans (Detective); Henry Hall (Drill soldier); George Miller, Chet Brandenberg and Charley Young. For more information on Laurel and Hardy's career together, please See Entry for Pardon Us.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 May 1932
p. 6
Film Daily
26 May 1932
p. 7
Film Daily
29 May 1932
p. 4
Film Daily
1 Oct 1932
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald
9 Jul 1932
p. 32
New York Times
22-May-32
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New York Times
1 Oct 1932
p. 10
Variety
4 Oct 1932
p. 19
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 September 1932
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
23 September 1932
LP3270
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are pressured into enlisting in the Army during World War I, and after they fail miserably at marching, their exasperated drill sergeant assigns them to KP duty. One day, they are told by a sarcastic cook, Pierre, to take the garbage to the general, and so they unload the cans in the general's parlor while he breakfasts in the next room. The furious general yells at the confused soldiers, and in the ensuing commotion, all three are covered with garbage. While Stan and Ollie languish in jail, their buddy, Eddie Smith, is visited by his beautiful baby daughter, but the woman with her brings Eddie the news that his wife Nan has left him. Eddie wants to send the motherless baby to his parents but cannot, for they quarreled when Eddie married. At Stan and Ollie's cell, the boys are menaced by Pierre, who vows revenge for their having implicated him in the garbage fiasco. Later, Stan, Ollie and Eddie are at the front, and when Eddie gets captured by the Germans, Stan and Ollie are sent to rescue him. Although the boys do not succeed in finding Eddie, they do capture a platoon of Germans. Eddie never returns from the battlefield, and his baby is left in the care of work-worn Annie and her cruel husband Jack. The baby is about to receive a beating from Jack when Stan and Ollie arrive to claim her, and the boys escape with her. They do not know where her grandparents live, and because there are many Smiths in town, Stan and Ollie's search proves to be a long ...

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are pressured into enlisting in the Army during World War I, and after they fail miserably at marching, their exasperated drill sergeant assigns them to KP duty. One day, they are told by a sarcastic cook, Pierre, to take the garbage to the general, and so they unload the cans in the general's parlor while he breakfasts in the next room. The furious general yells at the confused soldiers, and in the ensuing commotion, all three are covered with garbage. While Stan and Ollie languish in jail, their buddy, Eddie Smith, is visited by his beautiful baby daughter, but the woman with her brings Eddie the news that his wife Nan has left him. Eddie wants to send the motherless baby to his parents but cannot, for they quarreled when Eddie married. At Stan and Ollie's cell, the boys are menaced by Pierre, who vows revenge for their having implicated him in the garbage fiasco. Later, Stan, Ollie and Eddie are at the front, and when Eddie gets captured by the Germans, Stan and Ollie are sent to rescue him. Although the boys do not succeed in finding Eddie, they do capture a platoon of Germans. Eddie never returns from the battlefield, and his baby is left in the care of work-worn Annie and her cruel husband Jack. The baby is about to receive a beating from Jack when Stan and Ollie arrive to claim her, and the boys escape with her. They do not know where her grandparents live, and because there are many Smiths in town, Stan and Ollie's search proves to be a long one. They mistakenly wind up at one house where a wedding is taking place with a groom named Eddie Smith. It is not until after the wedding is called off and the groom has almost been killed by his father that the boys's faux pas is discovered. After this escapade, Stan and Ollie use the telephone to contact all the Smiths in town, and then buy a lunch wagon to generate income while the search continues. The still disgruntled Jack alerts a welfare official about the boys taking the baby, and vows to have her put in an orphanage that night. In a panic, Stan and Ollie go to a bank to refinance the wagon and get enough money to leave the state. After misunderstanding a bank official, who knocks himself out while laughing at their request, they walk out with a wad of cash. They are then chased by the welfare official and the police, and are taken to the bank president's home to be identified. While searching the boys's pockets for the money, the police find a photo of them with Eddie. It turns out that the bank president is Alfred E. Smith, Eddie's father, and so Stan and Ollie are freed when they hand over the baby to the delighted Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mr. Smith invites them to dinner, but his chef, who is none other than Pierre, becomes enraged by the inconvenience and argues with him. When Pierre recognizes Stan and Ollie, he chases them out of the house.

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