Laurel and Hardy in “Any Old Port”
Today is the anniversary of the release date of the hilarious Laurel and Hardy comedy Any Old Port (1932). In this, the boys are a couple of salts just off a whaling vessel. They check into sailor’s boarding house run by a character named Mugsy one of the most hilariously heinous heavies in comedies, played by Walter Long. They gallantly rescue Mugsy’s washerwoman from a forced marriage to Mugsy, but then are stranded without a dollar (Stan left their purse in the room). To make some dough, Ollie volunteers Stan for a boxing match. The opponent turns out to be – Mugsy! But that’s okay, because Stan has accidentally put on Mugsy’s boxing glove, which has a horseshoe in it. He wins the bout, which isn’t so great after all. Ollie has bet all their money against him.
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