Synopsis: The two-man Laurel and Hardy Zoot Suit Band find themselves fronting a scam for "gasolene pills" in wartime oil-short America. They are however soon on the side of the angels helping recover $10,000 for an attractive young lady whose family have themselves been swindled.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Malcolm St. Clair
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
75 min

- Well, we're out of gas.

- Well, that's all right.

We still have our gas-rationing card.

Gas-rationing card. Why, a C card

wouldn't help us here. Oh, you...

You don't have to lose your temper.

I'm sorry, l...

You're sorry. You were sorry

about that redhead in the auto court.

You were sorry about that waitress

in the barbecue stand.

I suppose you're sorry...

about talking me into taking

this road instead of the main road.

Well, l'm sorry that l'm sorry.

But if you're sorry,

you can't help being sorry...

- Oh, get out of here.

- Maybe someday you'll be sorry.

A thousand miles from nowhere.

Well, here's another nice mess

you've gotten me into.

And don't say you're sorry.

Worried, aren't you?

Are you?

Well, it must be 1 1 5 in the shade.

How about a drink of water?

That's a good idea.

L'll go right now and get it.

- Hey, Ollie.

- What?

I can see the back end of a truck.

That's no truck. That's me.

- The back end of a truck.

- L'm sorry, l...

- Ollie.

- What?

- L see a gas station.

- Where?

Right in here, see?

Look, it's right in there, see it?

Give me that.

Stanley, we're saved.

But how are we gonna get

this thing over there?

That's simple. One of us will push

and the other will steer.

I never thought of that. Well...

- Hey.

- What?

- Not too fast.

- L won't.

When you start pushing,

don't push over 35 miles an hour.

All right, let's go.

Hey, Ollie.

- What?

- Do you mind if l stop a minute?

All right.

- Okay, Ollie, l'm ready.

- Well, it's about time.

What would you have done...

if l hadn't had presence of mind

to have you push me?

I haven't the slightest idea.

I guess the only thing l could have done

if l'd gone to the gas station...

Who's pushing this thing?

I forgot to tell you.

See, l borrowed a mule down the road.

Remember when we stopped?

Well, l guess a mule's

as good as a donkey any day.

It certainly is. You're absolutely...

What do you mean, as good as a...?

Get out and find the attendant.

- L'm sorry, Ollie.

- Sorry for what?

Closed for the duration.

Now what are we going to do?

Hey, there's a car coming.

Let's flag him down.

Yeah, maybe

we can borrow some gas.

Look, here's a...

Here's a truck coming.

It's no use,

they won't stop for us in this desert.

Say, why don't you lie down

and pretend you've fainted.

Then he's bound to stop. He wouldn't

let anybody faint on the desert.

- At last you're using your brain.

- Hurry up and faint, he's getting closer.

- All right.

- Here.

Mister, could you spare us

a gallon of gas?

A gallon? What are you trying to do,

wean this thing?

You see, we made a slight miscalculation

in regards to our supply.

- Yeah, he means we ran out of gas.

- Yes.

Well, gentlemen,

the right man just came along.

Chester Wright,

inventor of the Little Wonder Gas Pill.

The answer to the rationing problem.

This is the 1 0-gallon size.

This is the five-gallon size.

And this, gentlemen, is a gallon

can of water. Sample it, if you please.

I'm sorry.

It's water, all right.

You're gonna see a demonstration

of the eighth wonder of the world.

I'm gonna take some pellets, place

them in the can of water you sampled.

- Open your gas tank.

- Oh, yes, sure.

Oh, l'm sorry.


Just pour it into your tank, gentlemen.

Now, step on the starter.

Mister, you have saved us

from an untimely end.

Yes, sir, we might have died.

- How much do we owe you?

- Forget it, my friends.

- Just regard it as a courtesy of the road.

- Thank you very much.

"Laurel and Hardy,

the original zoot suit band."

We're one of the wonders

of the age ourselves.

The only two-man band in the world.

Equal to Glenn Miller,

Harry James and Spike Jones.

Well, we might get together.

I was on my way to Washington

to hand these over to the government...

but we might pick up

a few bucks on the way.

- You mean, make some money?

- Sure.

- We could make a lot of dough together.

- How?

There's a carnival opening up tomorrow

in Midvale, a few miles from here.

We can get a location and with your

band to attract the crowd we can trim...

I mean, we can sell every sucker...

I mean, every person in town.

What do you say, fellows,


Well, we could use some money.

Okay, fellows, see you in Midvale.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- All of our troubles are over, Stanley.

- Yes, sir.

And we won't need this ration book

anymore, will we?

- Not as long as there's water.

- That's just what l thought.

Well, the quicker we get to town...

Over here, over here, over here, folks,

we have a free attraction.

Step right in closely, please. We have

here La Belle Fatima and her dancing...

The only explanation we have

of this remarkable phenomenon...

the bearded lady, folks. This...

Come on, hepcats,

we're gonna spread a load of jam.

Not bad, are they?

No. That trumpet reminds me

of some Harry James records...

our store got in this morning.

- You're in the music business?

- Sort of. l sing in the choir too.

- What's holding us back, sister?

- All reet, Jackson.

Well, all reet.

Well, folks,

that was out of this world.

And now we have a message for you.

We bring to you,

good people of Midvale...

the greatest invention

of the 20th century.

What is the most important

question today?


Which brings us to the question

of gas rationing.

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