A pair of adle-pated vagrants on the run from the police take refuge in a posh mansion, assuming the identities of its vacationing millionaire owner and the housemaid. Complications ensue when a couple arrives to enquire about renting the house. Forced to play out the charade to its ultimate exposure, the itinerant hoboes are once again sent fleeing from the law. Long believed to be lost forever -- when this early Laurel and Hardy film (only their third together) finally turned up again in the mid-'70s it was a positive revelation for both film historians and die-hard Stan and Ollie fans. Their familiar characterizations and razor-timed teamwork, though somewhat rough around the edges, are already fully in evidence, as if they'd been working together for years. Adapted from a Music Hall stage sketch penned by Arthur Jefferson, Stan's father, the same basic material later reappeared in the four-reel comedy Another Fine Mess (1930), in which the boys repeated their roles and most of the gags with even more successful results.
assumed-identity, mansion, squatter, bum, police, refuge