Pack Up Your Troubles

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Pack Up Your Troubles
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US lobby card
Directed by George Marshall
Raymond McCarey
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by H. M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
James Finlayson
Don Dillaway
Music by Marvin Hatley
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 17, 1932 (1932-09-17)
Running time
67' 45"
Country United States
Language English

Pack Up Your Troubles is a 1932 Laurel and Hardy film directed by George Marshall and Raymond McCarey, named after the World War I song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and smile, smile, smile." It is the team's second feature-length picture.


The film begins in 1917 with Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) being drafted into the American Expeditionary Force to fight in World War I. The two mess up badly during drilling, antagonizing the drill sergeant (James Finlayson) and wind up in kitchen police. Misunderstanding the cook's instructions on disposing of the garbage cans results in dumping the garbage in the general's private dining room. While in prison, they are threatened by the cook (George Marshal), also jailed due to their "snitching", with violence, once he is out and has his knife again. While serving in the trenches of France, the pair befriend a man named Eddie Smith, who is killed in action by the Imperial German Army.In the same battle, the boys manage to capture several enemy soldiers, in a rather unusual way.

After the War is over, Stan and Ollie venture to New York City, where they begin a quest to reunite Eddie's baby daughter (Jacquie Lyn) with her rightful family. The task proves both monumental and problematic as the boys discover just how many people in New York have the last name "Smith". Two attempts at face-to-face meetings, result in riling up a prize fighter and disrupting a wedding, so the boys resort to telephoning.

Operating a diner while searching, the boys are approached by an unpleasant man (Charles Middleton) who asks them to hand Eddie's baby over to him, to be placed in the orphanage. The boys refuse, and insult him. The man says he will return with police to take Eddie's baby, and have the boys arrested.They try to secure a loan, but the banker has no desire to loan money to the operators of a mere diner, so when he is knocked out by ceiling plaster, they steal the money.

The boys head home to hide Eddie's baby in a dumbwaiter, but she is found anyhow. Brought to the banker so he could identify them as the thieves, it is discovered that HE is the Mr. Smith they had been looking for. There is a happy re-union, and The banker drops charges and asks that they be guests for dinner. Noise from the kitchen indicates that the chef has not taken this change of plans well. He storms out to tell his boss that he's not going to cook for guests on a moment's notice, recognizes the two as the "snitches" (and is recognized by them as the angry army cook) and, big knife in hand, chases after the two, ending the movie.

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