Heroes of the Regiment / Die tapferen Schotten / Wir sind vom Schottischen Infanterieregiment
Hal Roach for Hal Roach Studios/MGM
directed by James W.Horne
starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Lang, William Janney, Anne Grey, Vernon Steele, James Finlayson, David Torrence, Maurice Black, Daphne Pollard, Mary Gordon, Lionel Belmore
written by Frank Butler, Jefferson Moffitt, music by Marvin Hatley
Laurel and Hardy
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have come to Scotland to collect Stan's
inheritance, only to be left with a bagpipe, some sniffing tobacco and no
money - and then Ollie loses his pants. Trying to get a new pair of pants
for Ollie, the boys mistakenly join the Scottish army - ironically
probably the only army worldwide that doesn't wear pants but kilts.
long, Ollie and Stan are stationed in India, where they make a mess out of
everything before being sent on a suicide mission to a certain Indian
badman (Maurice Black) - but in the finale, after Stan misses himself
trying to commit suicide, he and Ollie defeat both the gang of the Indian
badman and the Scottish army (accidently) by throwing beehives).
is also a romantic subplot somewhere in there where an incredibly wealthy
cousin (June Lang) of Stan is madly in love with Alan (William Janney), a
lawyer's assistant, but Lady Violet (Anne Grey) sees to it that she
becomes the ward of her brother (Vernon Steele), who's stationed in India,
so she will eventually marry him. Allan though goes after the love of his
This film shows Laurel and Hardy at their best: All of
their routines are priceless in this one, their chemistry and comic timing
is phenomenal, and some setpieces (like Stan, desperately trying to keep
in step with his fellow soldiers, eventually changes the step of his
entire regiment) are among the best American comedy as such has to offer.
this film has quite a few detractors, complainiing that the film is badly
written and the romantic subplot is never properly resolved - but while
this is true to a degree, these complaints are also absolute rubbish,
because if the romantic subplot would have gotten any more room, it would
have completely destroyed the perfect pacing of the film, and if Laurel
and Hardy were caught in a more elaborate narrative, this would have
seriously hampered their style of comedy.
So let me repeat, Laurel and
Hardy at their best!