Early Laurel and Hardy short with Jimmy Fiinlayson as a Judge who hires the boys to protect him after a prisoner he sentenced escapes swearing to kill him. You can tell the boys on screen personalities are not fully formed yet. They are still working it out. The film is worth seeing as a work in progress and for the somewhat expressionistic graveyard scenes.
Stan proves himself 'the second worst detective of all time' by catching the criminal, while Ollie proves the worst by ending up handcuffed in a closet with the crim. A firm storyline provides structure and opportunities for basic characterisation and the slapstick. The central theme is the consequences of fear, with all the characters in a constant state of panic, especially Stan who in one funny sequence shows he's literally scared of his own shadow. This is the first time…