Nothing But Trouble

Synopsis: Working as chef and butler, the boys wreck a fancy dinner party and, in the process, accidently foil a plot, by enemy agents, to poison a young exiled king.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Sam Taylor
Production: MGM
69 min

- Is this Lorrison's Employment Agency?

- Yeah!

- Hello, Rankin.

- Hello.

- Are you still out of work?

- Who isn't!

- Any chance of finding a job here?

- With this crowd ahead of you?

Chef and butler...

I couldn't even get you a job

as dishwashers.

But we come from a long line

of chefs and butlers.

Yeah, look.

These are our great, great, great, grandfathers.

You remember the Boston tea party,

of course.

They served the tea.

And they served

one of the first families of Virginia.

Now, now...

That's grandfather Hardy.

And that's grandpa Laurel.


Here's the very hat that he wore.


and here's the very coat that grandpa wore.

Yes, and I have the secret recipe

for the famous steak a-la Oliver.

Now, isn't that interesting.

Listen. I'm busy and if you don't take

your ancestors and get out of here...

Yes... Yes... You have?

Give me the address.

You want a delivery boy.

$12 a week.

A job!

Well, I guess we'd better wrap up

our ancestors.


we certainly let 'em down.

I don't think there's a job

open in this whole country.


Why don't we try some other countries?


I think you've got a good idea!

What'd he say?

You heard what he said!

I heard what he said

but I didn't hear what he meant.

He simply said,

that he accepts our resignation.

Oh, another country.

Another country?

Yonder she lies, Stanley.

The good old USA.

Gee, I'm glad to be back.

I'll bet you are.

What did the Japs do when

they took you prisoner?

It was most humiliating!

They forced us to prepare dinner.

My masterpiece, steak a-la Oliver.

Gee, that was tough.

Tough? My masterpiece?

I beg your pardon!

After they finished eating it,

they told us to please go on home.

Yes, it seems they preferred

some dish of their own.

I think they called it...



you'll all have to wait your turn.

You've got to get me a waitress.

You said you had one for me.

That Keatons girl.

I told you, sir.

She's a lieutenant in the WACS now.


I simply must have a maid.

Did you tell her she can wear

my mink coat on her days off?

My dear lady,

she got a mink coat.

It's even worse than in 1932.

Come back here.

There's no use even trying

with all these people ahead of us.

We might as well put in our application.

Come on.

Maybe if we showed them

the pictures of our ancestors.

- But you must have...

- I'm sorry. Nothing.

And not at any price!

What do you want?

We'd like to place our names

on your waiting list.

Waiting list?

There are more than 100 names ahead of yours.

Oh, it doesn't have to be a job

as a chef and a butler.

Oh, no.

We'll take anything.

People, please...

People, please!

But, Basil, dear,

I'm absolutely frantic.

When I told him, I simply had to have

two servants by this afternoon,

the wretched man

just laughed in my face.

Yes, of course, dear.

I told him our guests were

the very crme de la crme of society.

He said Id better hurry home

and start practicing with the can opener.

Can you imagine?

I'm sorry, madam

but we've...

We just came in to get a job

as a chef and a butler.


No, no.

Come with me.

My car's parked just outside.

Let me in...

Unlock this door...

Open it up!

Out of the way!

Llet me!

Their not here. Where'd they go?

The window!


Stop them.

Do something.

- I can't do anything...

- Do something!

- How can I?

- Let me at her!

Madam, may I be so bold as to enquire...

Just what are your intentions?


Where are you taking us?

To my house, of course.

I know you're going to enjoy

every minute of it.

The last man I had

stayed for several years.

He'll tell you.

I was most accommodating.

In fact,

I still get letters from him.

He's on an island, somewhere in the pacific.

I think they call it Alcatraz.

He's such a charming butler.

Oh, you want us

to work for you.

Here you are, gentlemen.

I thought a little spot of this might refresh you

before taking up your new duties.

Chateau Neuf, 1924.

Gee, that's pretty old.

Haven't you got anything newer?


An excellent vintage, madam.

Now, is everything satisfactory?

I do hope you'll feel thoroughly rested

after this little snort... um.. snack.

My dinner party tonight is so important.

I have such distinguished guests.

Stanley, the phone.

Oh no, don't bother. I'll answer it.

Mustn't wear yourselves out.


do you think she's crazy?

Of course not.

It's just that she appreciates our true worth.

Oh, Prince Saul...

How nice to hear from you.

I merely wanted to verify the time

of our dinner engagement this evening.


That'll be most agreeable.

Oh, Your Highness,

we're so anxious to meet the King.

The minute you accepted my invitation

to our club meeting, I rushed home to Basil...

He's my husband, you know...

And I said...

Basil, dear, we just must make King Christopher

feel that this is his second home.

Oh, that is very thoughtful of you,

dear lady.

Thank you so much.


Thank you, gentlemen, for your splendid work

on behalf of our government in exile.

Your Majesty, thank you.

Good day, gentlemen.

Your Majesty.

You do like that tune,

don't you?

Oh, I love it. It's the Notre Dame victory song.

Isn't it wonderful, Uncle Saul?

It is.

It is indeed.

We have a dinner engagement

this evening.

Some very important people.

Rich, influential.

Oh... Then maybe they could help

the unfortunate people of our country?

Of course they could and they will.

Why else would I let them meet you?

That makes it OK by me.

Oh, Your Majesty...

How American...

Uncle Saul...

Do you think I can go to Notre Dame some day?


Do you think they would let me play

on their football team?

That's what I'd like to do

better than anything else in the world.

My dear, Christopher...

I suppose you are also ambitious

to drive a fire engine...

Or perhaps to be a cowboy.

Your Majesty truly has great feeling

for the common people.

God must have loved the common people

because he made so many of them.


but unsettling doctrine.

It's not my doctrine.

Its Abraham Lincoln's.

And you would like to take this doctrine

of Mr. Lincoln's back to Orlandia?

I would.

Indeed I would.

I admire you for those sentiments, Christopher.

More than that, I love you for them.

These are the people you mean?

You said it, big boy.

Your Majesty...

I mean,

you expressed the idea to perfection.

But how can I get to know them?

Bodyguards, tutors, secretaries.

Your father got to know people

by going among them, as one of them.

How would you like to do that,

this afternoon, with Ronetz?

Your Majesty.

You sent for me, Your Highness?

Yes, Ronetz.

Hurry now, dear boy.

Thank you, Uncle Saul.

Strange people don't seem to understand

how fond I am of children.

This afternoon you will take His Majesty

out of the hotel by the service entrance.

Without the bodyguard?

Our good people of Orlandia

are not ready to rule themselves.

And Christopher, I'm afraid,

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Russell Rouse

Russell Rouse (November 20, 1913 – October 2, 1987) was an American screenwriter, director, and producer who is noted for the "offbeat creativity and originality" of his screenplays and for film noir movies and television episodes produced in the 1950s. more…

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