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Tis the season to watch corny movies about miracles and misers and last night I watched my first festive movie of the year, Laurel and Hardy's March of the Wooden Soldiers (aka Babes in Toyland). It's typical Stan and Ollie stuff but set in the magical world of Toyland, and they're called Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee.
Stannie and Ollie are toymakers who mess up an order for Santa, making 100 six-foot soldiers instead of 600 one-foot soldiers, and get fired. This is the catalyst for a series of inevitably comic misadventures as they try to save the widow Mother Peep's house (which they also live in), and her daughter Bo, from the evil Silas Barnaby who owns the mortgage.
Stannie Dum and Silas Barnaby tie the knot
The film features every nursery rhyme character you could think of, a few musical numbers (it was based on an operetta) and a same-sex marriage, though surprisingly not between Ollie and Stan. There's also some interesting old school special effects, one of the things I love about the Laurel and Hardy movies, and a very scary mouse that looks like a Lynchian Mickey (which was apparently a monkey in a costume).
There are plenty of good laughs in the movie and it would definitely make a fine addition to any collection of Christmas favourites, even if it's not as good as some of Stan and Ollie's other features.
Rating: A festive 4/5
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