Under Two Jags (1923)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 11 min.  |  
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In 1923, Stan Laurel signed a five-year contract with producer Hal Roach (in reality he would be there for only a year before moving over to Joe Rock). Laurel's comic shorts were meant to alternate with those made by Paul Parrott. This one-reeler, which was a parody of Under Two Flags only in title, was the first comedy Laurel made under the new contract. A stranger (Laurel) makes his way to an outpost in the middle of the Sahara and joins the Foreign Legion. Cheroot, the "daughter of the regiment" (Mae Laurel, Stan's common-law wife), falls for him, as does Princess (Katherine Grant). To please Princess, the stranger whittles a set of dinner knives for her. The Commanding Officer (William Gillespie) slices his mouth on one of the knives and angrily orders Stan to be shot at sunrise. A grave is dug for him, but Cheroot manages to come to his rescue, and the officer falls into the grave instead.