is a 1938 comedy film
starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
, produced by Hal Roach Studios
. The film, a reworking of elements from the Laurel and Hardy shorts We Faw Down
(1928) and Unaccustomed As We Are
(1929), was Roach's final film for MGM, and is remembered as one of Laurel and Hardy's most successful films.
The movie opens with the last advance of World War I
before the Armistice
. Ollie and the others in the company push forrward, leaving Stan at the trench. Twenty years pass, and he is still guarding the post, as shown by the huge pile of bean cans he has accumulated, and the path he has worn pacing back and forth on guard. He is found by accident (after firing on a plane he sees approaching) and brought home, feted as a hero. Unfortunately, Ollie's wife does not take to Stan, being disgusted with the bums he brings home. Stan doesn't help matters when, among other things, he wrecks Ollie's car in the garage.
A boy is playing with his ball, he kicks it just as the couple (L&H) are walking up the stairs, it obviously hits Ollie in the face and Ollie kicks it down the stairs which are a few floors steep. The Boy calls his father who tells Ollie to go and get it. This ends up with Stan hitting the father and petrifying him.