Laurel and Hardy (1932)

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have just returned from a whaling trek. They check into a run-down hotel, the Mariner's Rest, whose owner, Mugsy Long (the intimidating Walter Long), is forcing a girl (Jacqueline Wells) into marriage. The girl manages to reveal her dilemma to Stan and Ollie before being locked in a closet. They try to intervene, and when the justice of the peace (Bobby Burns) comes by to perform the ceremony, they refuse to act as witnesses. There is a fracas over the closet key, but Stan manages to get it and release the girl. The chase continues, however, until Long is dumped in the water. Stan and Ollie now have a dilemma of their own -- they left their money in their hotel room. They are saved when an old friend (Harry Bernard sees them and, as a boxing promoter, offers Ollie fifty dollars to fight that evening. Ollie accepts the money and the gig -- as Stan's manager. When they get to the ring, Stan is his usual inept self, but what's worse for him is that his opponent is Mugsy Long! Long grimly insists that his assistant add some weight to his glove. In the course of the fight, "Battling" Laurel somehow manages to get his hands on (or in) Long's loaded glove and when Long tries to get it back, he is knocked cold. Ollie tells Stan he had a bet going -- against him. Stan goes to punch Ollie, but knocks out a boxing official instead, and the boys are on the run again.