1940s Great Guns (1941)

Published on June 24th, 2011 | by Chris

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Great Guns (1941)


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On June 24, 2011
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Summary:

shut off the brain, and prepare to be entertained and laugh.

I am a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy, and was sorely disappointed by their war-time effort, Air Raid Wardens, made a few short years after Great Guns.  They looked worn out, and just sick of it all.  Maybe they'd done one too many USO tours or whatever, I dunno.

Definitely not so here, in 1941's Great Guns.  I don't recall ever seeing this before, and I definitely don't remember "LOL-ing" so much at one of their movies.  Yeah, it really is that good.  The pair are in top-notch form throughout.

Stanley and Oliver are part of the staff of a rather wealthy, and bed-ridden at the behest of his "doctor", man named Daniel Forrester (Dick Nelson.)  Daniel gets drafted, and once out of the care of his so-called doctor, turns out alright.  The pair follow him into the service, to keep an eye on him, and the hilarity ensues.

Expect the usual portfolio of L&H standard humor, but amped up a couple of notches.  From their initial oblivious-ness to the standards of army life, their pet raven Penelope (who winds up saving the day), hitching a ride on the machine gun target, and endless excellently executed and hilarious sight gags....  If you don't laugh at least once, you probably never will, at anything.

The plot? Well, it would have to revolve around Daniel's romantic interest, the base photo-shop operator, Ginger (Sheila Ryan.)  Other than that its purely one comedic loosely-military-based situation after another.

What interests me also, as it relates to war movies and history, is the portrayal of the typical horse-mounted cavalry as late as 1941.  Just a year later would see the last gasp of the horse on the front lines, as the rapid tech boom of WWII proved them obsolete, in favor of the motor pool and mechanized armor.

After the all-too serious (but excellent) The Deer Hunter, I needed to lighten the mood a bit.  So shut off the brain, and prepare to be entertained and laugh.

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Though Laurel and Hardy fans will attest to the relative weakness of the three films included in this Gift set, Great Guns, Jitterbugs, and The Big Noise, the films still brim with classic Stan and Ollie antics, and more intriguingly, serve as historical markers of American Wartime Cinema...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: Laurel
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Stan Laurel
  • Oliver Hardy
  • Sheila Ryan
  • Dick Nelson
  • Edmund MacDonald

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurel and Hardy Will Make You Laugh, December 10, 2015
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I grew up watching old "two, three and four-reelers" with John Gallos on Sunday morning TV in Minneapolis as a boy. After my brother and I finished his paper route, we'd come home, thaw out in front of the fireplace and let Laurel and Hardy warm us with laughter. You're never too young - or too old to appreciate their unique humor. Enjoy Laurel and Hardy; clearly one of America's best comic duos of the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of L&H..., July 3, 2015
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This collection, plus vol. 2, I regard as the boys' ultimate achievement on film. From start to finish, their talents cannot be denied. In each film, they take mediocre material and make it great. The Hal Roach shorts are great of course, but these 6 films were my first exposure to L&H, and they'll always be my favorites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased these long lost Classics are finally getting the treatment they deserve., January 4, 2013
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It is great to see these L&H classic movies finally make it to DVD. I loved watching these movies on Saturday morning when I was kid. I know there is a lot of debate about the old shorts versus the movies of the 40's. But that is a ongoing debate that will never be settled. If you are looking for Laurel and Hardy's later movies you will not be disappointed in this two volume set. They are digitally restored with great audio. These movies have never looked or sounded better. I am very pleased to have these three classics in my collection.
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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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