JB: A nifty idea marred by the female Stan's very annoying voice (though I love the female Ollie's Bea Arthuresque rasp) and a nearly complete lack of energy. Let's face it, when the best gag you have is somebody getting hit with a cake, you've got a dog on your hands. This film makes for great stills, but little else.
JL: I like Ollie's voice too, but I think it might have been a decent short if they'd just used their own voices. The dubbing itself is not only distracting, it ruins the timing of the whole film. Other than this film, I can detect no other instance in a L&H film in which their dialogue was "looped," a common practice by the mid-30s. The on-the-spot recording of their voices was important to their timing, and they had a hard time getting their usual momentum going in a film where the pace is determined as much by post-production effects as by their performances. My vote for the weakest of their shorts.
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