Nothing But Trouble

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Stan and Ollie are from a family that provided domestics to the landed gentry. They need work and can't find any in the US, so they go off to Europe. There they encounter the same problem, so they return to the States and become the chef and butler to Boland and O'Neill, a chi-chi couple who are tossing a swank bash in honor of Leland, the boy king of the...read more

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Stan and Ollie are from a family that provided domestics to the landed gentry. They need work and can't find any in the US, so they go off to Europe. There they encounter the same problem, so they return to the States and become the chef and butler to Boland and O'Neill, a chi-chi couple

who are tossing a swank bash in honor of Leland, the boy king of the mythical country of Orlandia. He is now in exile and looked over by his villainous uncle, Merivale. Laurel and Hardy leave the mansion to buy food for the party and run into Leland playing football with a bunch of street kids. He

has fled an attempt on his life by one of Merivale's henchmen, and when Stan and Ollie learn of this, they hide the lad in the mansion until the heat is off. They never did get the meat they went out to buy, so they go to the local zoo and purloin a slab of horseflesh from the lion, who is not too

thrilled about seeing his dinner disappear. At the dinner, the meat is too tough for anyone to cut, much less chew. When Merivale hears that Leland is missing, he departs the party to search for his nephew. Stan and Ollie get the sack for their faux pas and exit the mansion with Leland. With no

place to stay, they wind up at a mission where Leland is recognized by a wino who promptly phones the authorities. Our heroes are tossed into the clink and Merivale has Leland in his clutches once again. The boy king says that Stan and Ollie are not kidnapers, and they are released and given jobs

as butler and chef for Leland. Merivale is intending to have a poisonous dish set before the king, but Stan and Ollie, upon noticing that Leland has a smaller portion of the salad than Merivale, switch the two plates. Merivale spots the switch and exits, saying that he doesn't feel well from all

the stress of the last few days. Hardy mistakenly places the poison pill in a caviar hors d'oeuvre. Leland finally gets wise to Merivale's machinations and accuses him of plotting. Merivale pulls a gun on Leland, Laurel, and Hardy. The boy leaps out a window onto a platform attached to the house

where a painter was doing some touch-up work. He quickly calls the cops. The workmen take the platform away from the side of the house as Merivale is motioning to Stan and Ollie that it's now their turn to jump out the window. While Merivale wields the gun with one hand, he pops the caviar goody

into his mouth with the other and hits the deck in less time than you can say Beluga. Leland and the coppers race in, just as Laurel and Hardy are about to go out the window. Not one of the team's best efforts, it was their final MGM film. Sam Taylor, mostly noted as a screenwriter, received

assistance from Bert Glazer on this.

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