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In their first 20th Century-Fox vehicle, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are cast respectively as the butler and chauffeur of wealthy young Dan Forrester (Dick Nelson). Tired of being pampered and coddled by his overprotective aunts (Mae Marsh, Ethel Gryffies), Dan is delighted when he is drafted into the Army. To make certain that no harm will befall their "frail" master, Stan and Ollie also don uniform and accompany Dan to US Cavalry training camp. While the boys get mixed up in one disaster after another-at one point, they find themselves behind a moving target on the rifle range-Dan pursues a romance with photo-shop proprietor Ginger Hammond (Sheila Ryan), much to the consternation of Ginger's erstwhile beau Sergeant Hippo (Edmund MacDonald). Convinced that Ginger is a gold-digger, Stan and Ollie try to break up the romance, to no avail. All plotlines are resolved during a climactic "sham battle", wherein Dan proves his courage and grit while Laurel & Hardy end up captured by the "enemy". Obviously inspired by the success of Abbott & Costello's Edmund MacDonald (it's even more obvious in the earlier drafts of the script), Great Guns is a major letdown from Laurel & Hardy's previous starring features at Hal Roach Studios, with Stan and Ollie looking most uncomfortable as they mouth the inanities written for them by Lou Breslow. Still, a few good bits emerge, including a surrealistic routine with a faulty light bulb and an amusing bridge-building sequence. Watch for Alan Ladd in a jaunty bit role as a camera-store customer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Stan Laurel
as Stan
Oliver Hardy
as Oliver
Sheila Ryan
as Ginger Hammond
Dick Nelson
as Dan Forrester
Edmund MacDonald
as Hippo
Charles Trowbridge
as Col. Ridley
Ludwig Stossel
as Dr. Hugo Schickel
Kane Richmond
as Capt. Baker
Mae Marsh
as Aunt Martha
Ethel Griffies
as Aunt Agatha
Paul Harvey
as Gen. Essick
Charles Arnt
as Doctor
Pierre Watkin
as Col. Wayburn
Russell Hicks
as Gen. Burns
Irving Bacon
as Postman
William Benedict
as Recruit at Corral
Chet Brandenburg
as Mess Hall Draftee
Alan Ladd
as Soldier
Dick Rich
as Post Cook
Dave Willock
as Recruit at Target Practice
Chet Brandenburg
as Mess Hall Draftee
Dick Rich
as Post Cook
Alan Ladd
as Soldier
William Benedict
as Recruit at Corral

Crew

Monty Banks
Director
Sol Wurtzel
Producer
Lou Breslow
Screenwriter
Glen MacWilliams
Cinematographer
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Emil Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Art Director
Albert Hogsett
Art Director
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