Harold's best talkie, with some very inventive sight gags reused by the Stooges in one of their shorts (I believe he sued both Clyde Bruckman, the gag man, and them but can't remember for sure). All in all, the film has a feel to it that is hard to describe, the pacing and the editing feels very different from other early 30s films. Recommended to fans of Lloyds work
Like a silent film w/ sound, one of Lloyd's best talkies is full of slapstick hijinks a-plenty. The humor, however, is hit-or-miss w/ most of the gags coming from Lloyd's naive chaos. It works more effectively when Lloyd disrupts the awkwardness of early-talkie movie production. But by far the best material is the "magician's coat" sequence. Even if the middle sags, the film is a very good but flawed Lloyd talkie.