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Great Guns

1941 1h 14m Comedy List
Reviews 47% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Overjoyed to escape his overprotective aunts when he receives a draft notice, wealthy young Dan Forrester (Dick Nelson) goes to training camp, followed by his faithful chauffeur, Oliver (Oliver Hardy), and gardener, Stan (Stan Laurel). Although Dan takes to the grueling routine, Oliver and Stan are run ragged but nobly continue to believe that Dan needs their help. When Dan falls for photographer Ginger Hammond (Sheila Ryan), the boys do everything they can to break up the budding romance. Read More Read Less

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Denny S After a long and successful relationship with Hal Roach, where Stan was allowed lots of creative freedom, the boys signed with 20th Century Fox. Big mistake. They were hired essentially as actors who had to play the script handed to them as written, usually by Fox writers who didn't seem to understand their characters. "Great Guns" (1941) was their first Fox film and you can immediately see the difference between this film and their last Roach film "Saps At Sea" made just a few months earlier. The makeup changes and harsh lighting aged the guys noticeably. Plus the dialogue does not seem to fit them. Instead of being charmingly naive, they are just plain stupid. From this point, the Fox films got worse and worse until 1945, when they gave up films (except for one European misfire) and went back on the stage where they were warmly greeted. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/05/23 Full Review darin c Definitely after the greatness of L&H with Hal Roach Studios, but this is one of the rare exceptions from their later films probably due to still being fresh from Hal Roach. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Definitely after the greatness of L&H with Hal Roach Studios, but this is one of the rare exceptions from their later films probably due to still being fresh from Hal Roach. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member poor looks like they made this film for some retirement money Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member After enjoying a long and creative stint with Hal Roach, Laurel and Hardy's first feature with Fox is perhaps the best of their pictures with their new, restrictive studio. There's no denying the lovable chemistry between the boys (and, by extension, between them and their faithful audience), so there's plenty of fun to be had with a string of effective gags, including Laurel's dim-witting dialogue and Hardy showcasing some outstanding physical comedy with a concealed crow. The supporting players and subplot love story involving Dick Nelson and the lovely Sheila Ryan actually works well here, but there's no denying who this show belongs to. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Imagine if the Beatles were told they were allowed to sing but but not write songs or play instruments. That's sort of what happened to L&H after 1940. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Overjoyed to escape his overprotective aunts when he receives a draft notice, wealthy young Dan Forrester (Dick Nelson) goes to training camp, followed by his faithful chauffeur, Oliver (Oliver Hardy), and gardener, Stan (Stan Laurel). Although Dan takes to the grueling routine, Oliver and Stan are run ragged but nobly continue to believe that Dan needs their help. When Dan falls for photographer Ginger Hammond (Sheila Ryan), the boys do everything they can to break up the budding romance.
Director
Monty Banks
Producer
Sol Wurtzel
Production Co
Laurel and Hardy Feature Productions, Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 11, 2006
Runtime
1h 14m