GenreShort, Comedy ProducerHal Roach CountryUnited States
Release dateJune 23, 1934 (1934-06-23) CastStan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch (Fidanzata Butch), Walter Long (Butch) Similar moviesPacific Rim, Feast, Paperman, The Artist, Hic-cup Pup, Mickey and the Seal
In a packed courtroom, Butch Long (Walter Long) vows revenge on 'squealers' Laurel and Hardy whose evidence has helped to send him to prison for the rest of his life, threatening to "break off their legs and wrap 'em around their necks!" after Laurel makes a suggestion to the judge (Harry Dunkinson), "Aren't you going to hang him?" Later, in the car, Ollie repeats this question sarcastically, since he saw Long's reaction just after Stan said it; he then asks Stan, "Couldn't you see that he was annoyed?" (an understatement to be sure!)
The clearly frightened boys make plans to move far away and advertise for someone to go with them and share the travel expenses. The person involved is actually Butch's girlfriend (Mae Busch). Butch soon manages to escape by leaping from a train, and makes his way to his girlfriend's apartment, where Stan and Ollie ring the bell. Butch hides in a large trunk, thinking it's the cops at the door; the trunk gets locked and Butch can't get out. The boys do their best to get him out, not realizing who the trapped person really is. After several inept attempts at freeing him, Butch notices (and recognizes) Ollie through a bored hole. His suggestion of using a blowtorch to melt the lock off backfires as Butch is set on fire. The boys hose Butch down and he frees himself from the trunk, taking his promised revenge on them as the cops arrive shortly afterwards. The film ends with Stan and Ollie sitting on the couch, both with their legs snapped off and tied around their necks. Then Ollie said his "another nice mess…" catchphrase to Stan. Stan whimpers.
One of the funniest gags in the short is the bouquet of flowers Ollie brings for Mae Busch; once it enters the scene, it never leaves as it is passed back and forth between Ollie and Stan.