It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth keeps getting him in trouble, because it sounds like he's giving everybody a rasp- berry. But it earns him the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape.
Fairly impressive for Laurel And Hardy's first full length feature film. A bit haphazard in places, but there are examples of their trademark humour on show.
The boys break into features but unfortunately it's not the smoothest transition. I just watched a 70-minute cut that purports to be "the preview version" and it's definitely rough in spots - particularly the fire rescue scene. It's a shame too since this COULD have been one of their best sequences if Laurel and the filmmakers had been allowed time to tighten it up and refine it - it shows signs of a kind of comic tension you don't normally see from Laurel & Hardy.
I guess I should also say something about the extended sequence in which Stan and Ollie are on the run from the police and disguise themselves in blackface to avoid capture. Even if you're inclined to…