Whitmore (Frank Jaquet) runs a successful bean-cannery, but he is to be
muscled out of an army contract by an unscrupulous association of bean-canners,
& what's worse, they even have a spy among his ranks, manager Kimble
(Wheeler Oakman). But as if that all wasn't bad enough, Whitmore agrees to take
care of 2 orphans from wartorn England, not knowing that they are full-grown
men, the incompetent duo of Bert (Harry Langdon] & Alfie (Charles Rogers).
even though the 2 have the tendency to mess everything up royally, Whitmore
gives in to the pleas of his wife (Mira McKinney) & his daughter Peggy
(Cathy Lewis), & employs them at the cannery.
advertising director Sparky (Dave O'Brien has a great idea for an ad-campaign,
to borrow a famed 100.000 Dollar-necklace to use it in a photo shoot. & now
Kimple sees his great chance to wreck Whitmore's cannery when he arranges for
the necklace to disappear. But by some weird coincidence, Bertie finds the
necklace ... cans it & has it shipped off.
& this is where Kimble's
plan backfires, because as soon a word gets oput that there's a 100.000
Dollar-necklace in one of Whitmore's beancans, everybody is buying them by the
dozen, making Whitmore's sale figures shoot sky high.
Bert & Alf have
since picked up the trail of the can with the necklace & decide to
follow it wherever it goes & whatever it takes ... even if that means they
have to go to a seedy bar in the docks dressed as ladies !
But in the end,
after a small foodfight, they can retrieve the can & save Whitmore's
cannery - who almost had to pay for the necklace.
Double Trouble is
a comedy that has a certain cheapish charme to it, butz at the same time it is
relytively unfunny & unoriginal, & is most certainly not a film Harry
Langdon should be remembered by, as due to budgetary & temporal
constraints, most slapstick scenes are terribly downplayed.