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.
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