Stan and Ollie are street-sweepers who hope to better their lot by attending night school. Fate intervenes when they are instrumental in the capture of a bank robber, whereupon they are rewarded by the bank’s grateful president with an all-expenses-paid education at England’s Oxford University.
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Not Laurel and Hardy's greatest film, perhaps, but Laurel's performance as Lord Paddington, into whom he is transformed after being struck on the 'cranium' by a falling window, features some quite extraordinary comic acting. And, like the best Laurel and Hardy, it is touched by a great poignancy as Laurel/Paddington, having forgotten Hardy, takes him on as his 'rather thick as it were' valet. Greatly moving.
4.5 stars. This is one of L&H's best features imo. The story is quite well thought out which isnt always the case and it isnt based on an operetta as is often in their features. Def worth a look. Look for the different edits, there is a longer version and a streamlined version included on the latest DVD box set