Synopsis by Bruce Calvert
This classic Laurel and Hardy comedy is famous for the pants-ripping scene at the end, but the other parts of it are just as funny. Laurel plays the clarinet, and Hardy plays the French horn in a band. During a concert, they destroy a musical performance and drive the conductor crazy. Fired from their job, they return to their boarding house for dinner where the landlady reminds them, "In the excitement of having a job, you have overlooked 14 weeks board bill," and she evicts them when she discovers that they are no longer employed. They have little success working as street musicians, and in frustration, they break each other's instruments, kick each other, and rip off each other's clothing. This grows into a huge street battle where many men are kicking each other and ripping each other's pants. The final pants-ripping scene is not funny just because so many men lose their pants, but because Laurel and Hardy come up with inventive ways to pull more innocent bystanders into the fray.
bandleader, boarding-house, dinner, duo, musician, street-musician