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Bonnie Scotland (MGM 1935, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy)

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy head for Scotland and mistakenly end up in the military in this madcap comic adventure that highlights the pair’s famous slapstick abilities. Hoping to cash in on his late uncle’s wealth, Stanley MacLaurel (Laurel) hops a cattle boat with Ollie (Hardy) to the MacLaurel estate in Scotland, only to find his inheritance less than satisfying.

After the buddies embarrass themselves in a series of wacky encounters, they wrongly end up in the British Army, where their fumbling incompetence leads to more comic results, including a now-legendary marching scene featuring Stan Laurel’s deft physical skills.

James Finlayson, the Sergeant Major in the comedy Bonnie Scotland, played the foil in more than 50 Laurel and Hardy features and shorts, dating from 1923 to 1940.

production details
USA | MGM | 80 minutes | 1935

Director: James W. Horne
Producer: Hal Roach
Cinematography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Bert Jordan
Script: Frank Butler, Jeff Moffitt

cast
Mary Gordon as Mrs. Bickerdike
Charlie Hall as Native Henchman (uncredited)
Phyllis Barry as Gossip (uncredited)
Anne Grey as Lady Violet Ormsby
Stan Laurel as Stanley MacLaurel
Oliver Hardy as Oliver ‘Ollie’ Hardy
June Lang as Lorna MacLaurel
William Janney as Allan Douglas
Vernon Steele as Col. Gregor McGregor
James Finlayson as Sgt. Maj. Finlayson
David Torrence as Mr. Miggs the Lawyer
Maurice Black as Khan Mir Jutra
Daphne Pollard as Millie the Maid
Lionel Belmore as Blacksmith
Jay Belasco as British Officer (uncredited)
Bud Geary as British Officer (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst as Military Policeman (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten as Scottish Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)
Colin Kenny as Black Watch Officer (uncredited)

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