|released circa 1925
Samuel Bischoff, Inc.
|Director: Mel Brown Producer: Samuel Bischoff Story/Editor: Jean DuBois|
|AVAILABLE ON DVD|
|"For no reason at all we show you a picture of Napoleon before Waterloo" reads the opening title card, followed by a shot of 'a silhouetted 'Napoleon' looking out over the sea from on top of a large rock. Our story begins with Stan Laurel showing the pages of a book to his girlfriend about the life of Napoleon. Nearby, a group of young boys are playing with sticks and a can, which one of them strikes and hits Stan in the head. The dazed Stan enters into a trance where he dons a Napoleon-style cap and believing he has been struck by the enemy.
Stan (now transformed into a Naploeon lookalike) wanders over to the boys, where he salutes them and gets them to stand on parade. He then leads the surprisingly well-disciplined boys off to a mud heap and instructs them to hurl rocks through the windows of his girlfriend's house. The girl's father confronts 'Napoleon' and asks him to explain his actions as a uniformed officer arrives on the scene and explains that 'Napoleon' is harmless before marching him back to the asylum next door. When all is well, the officer calls his patient back over to the father and daughter by blowing a horn.
On the street, a uniformed soldier by a sandwich board advertising the recruitment of army marines blows his horn and Stan comes along. Gallantly drawing his sword in non-expert fashion, Stan doesn't impress the officer, especially when he falls through the advertising board. The soldier calls over a policeman and informs him that the guy is mentally ill.
•This film is Nuts In May, re-cut, with added footage and outtakes from The Pest , combined with newly shot sequences to bridge the scenes.
•Metro Pictures rejected this film as part of its deal with Gilbert 'Broncho Billy' Anderson. It was then sold to Samuel Bischoff, who briefly around 1925 marketed a series of comedy films for states rights release.
•The German release of the film on DVD has a sharper image quality than the French DVD. Also, the French version has the intertitle cards (in French, but with English translation) which account for ther extra running time on the disc.
Did you notice?
•According to an intertitle card, Stan Laurel's character had a great-grandmother who washed dishes for Napoleon.
•There are six boys playing with the sticks at the beginning of the film.
"Laurel OR Hardy" by Rob Stone (book)
This page was last updated on: 21 May 2015