Babes In Toyland

March Of The Wooden Soldiers


Gus Meins

Laurel & Hardy's 5th full-length movie was the only one to come with a parental guidance warning, due to the 'scary' Bogeymen scenes. They are Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee, living in a big shoe in a thriving Toyland and working at the factory on a consignment for Santa Claus. The problem is they misinterpret the order: instead of making 600 one-foot tall soldiers, they make 100 six-foot soldiers instead.
If you find all the musical numbers a bit off-putting, stick with it because this movie has some genuinely brilliant scenes of sheer comedy. A good example is the scene where they come out of their home and Ollie says "It's a certainty anything you can do I can do", to which Stan replies with a couple of examples of his strange mannerisms from previous movies! Classic stuff!

14th December 1934


Stan Laurel
Stannie Dum

Oliver Hardy
Ollie Dee

Charlotte Henry
Little Bo-Peep

Felix Knight
Tom-Tom Piper

Henry Brandon
Silas Barnaby

Florence Roberts
Mother Widow Peep

Virginia Karns
Mother Goose

Marie Wilson
Mary Quite Contrary

William Burress
The Toy Maker

Alice Dahl
Little Miss Muffett

Jean Darling
Curly Locks

Sumner Getchell
Little Jack Horner

Kewpie Morgan
Old King Cole

Ferdinand Munier
Santa Claus

Tiny Sandford

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