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Typical bohemian mess
on 10 October 2010
Thelma Todd's last film before she was murdered.... She is, unfortunately, edited out of this film and I can only think it is because she was painted in a comically ridiculous light. We do see her miming badly to a song at the beginning. I assume the footage that was shot would have been dis-respectful to her memory, which follows that this film is a bit of a joke. Or it was a bad decision to edit her out.
Stan and Ollie are part of a band of gypsies and make a living as pick-pockets. Ollies's wife (Mae Busch) is having a relationship with another suitor and runs off with him, leaving Stan and Ollie to look after the young girl that she has previously kidnapped. The young girl is actually the daughter of a wealthy Count and when the group of thieving gypsies return to the scene of the crime 12 years later, the truth is revealed.
Mae Busch is excellent in all of her screen time and the scenes where Ollie witnesses her unfaithfulness are very funny, especially as she tells him off instead of the other way round!
Laurel & Hardy are always great to watch....and this film is better than their other effort that was released this year - "Our Relations". It contains scenes that are L & H contrived interwoven between pointless operetta singy la-la-la crap. Overall, it's enjoyable - only just.