Great Guns

Great Guns

Stan Laurel
Director: Monty Banks Cast: Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
, Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy
, Sheila Ryan
Sheila Ryan
Monty Banks

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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 Buck Privates (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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2018
UPC: 0024543586203
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sales rank: 39,376

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Monty Banks Director
Lou Breslow Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Alfred de Gaetano Editor
Herschel Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Emil Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Sol Wurtzel Producer

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