Once again,they're out of work and in need of gainful employment.So they head for an employment agentcy.
While wating to be interviewed by the agentcy's rep(played with some haughty aplomb by Vivian Oakland).Ollie overhears Ms.Oakland's phone conversation with a wealthy dowager:"Mrs.Vanderveer"(Anita Garvin).Who needs a butler and amaid for an important dinner party that both she and her husband:"Mr.Baldy Vanderveer"(Played by perrenial L&H Villian:Jimmy Finlayson)are giving.
Before you know It?
Stan is once again dressed in drag and Ollie is sporting a beautiful tuxedo.Both of the boys try to do their duties at the dinner party.But they both louse up the proceedings and they're chased out of "Mr.Vanderveer's"home at the point of agun.
Reduced to working as lowley sidewalk cleaners.They reflecton their sad situtaion during their lunchbreak.
Stan believes that their lack of success stems from the fact that the two of them have no real education.
Impressed by his friend's observation.
Ollie decides that they'll both enroll in Night School that evening.
But fate comes into play and the boys inadvertedly foil abank robbery.
As a reward..the grateful bank president:"Jimmy Finlayson"(played by character actor:Forbes Murrary)gets them"The best Education that money can buy".He gets them a scholarship at Oxford,University.
Where L&H soon become the unwitting pawns for a group of obnoxious prankters(The leader of the troup is Gerald Rogers..Movie director Charley Rogers' brother and Charlie Hall and A pre-Hammer Horror Films Peter Cushing make the rest of this group ofloveable troublemakers).The boys are manipulated into wanderingaimlessly thru the grass maze,they're frightened by another prankish student(Eddie Borden..best remembered as the foppish nobleman that the boys fleece in"Boheimian Girl"and as one of the "Bogeymen".Who chases L&H into The "Toyland"Toy Factory warehouse in "Babes In Toyland!"/"The March Of The Wooden Soldiers")dressed as a grinning ghost and they're tricked intotaking the Dean's quarters.Which they reduce the room into a shambles andstart a pillow fight with their superior(Played by Wilfred Lucas in his last movie role).
When "Dean Williams"finds out That Student:"Johnson"(Mr.Jerry Rogers)is behind these stupid stunts.
He angrily has "Johnson"and his pals expelled from Oxford and L&H are sent to their proper quarters.
Where L&H's Valet"Meredeth"(Forrester Harvey)mistakes Stan for a missing Honor Student"Lord Paddington".Stan and Ollierefuses to believe their butler's story about "Lord Paddington".
Until "Johnson"and his pals break into L&H's quarters to beat them up and kick them out of Oxford for Ratting on theircrude pranks to the dean.When Stan tries escape via the window.
The slippery window paine falls on Poor Stan's head andgets amnesia.Believeing that he is "Lord Paddington"and he routs the bullies and Poor Ollie And the dean too.
While the first segment at "The Vanderveer's"dinner party maybe overdone.It's still a perfect lead into the boy'sheroics in foiling the bank robbery and their trek to Oxford.
The scenes at The Hal Roach Studio's idea of the vernible English Collage is funny and Stan's Transformation(Via his memory loss)into Oxford most brilliant athlete andscholar is Laurel's best acting performance.
This film depends more on comic acting and a certain ammount of farce.But it's still vintage L&H Nevertheless.