hy don't we become bandits? Then we don't have to
work hard anymore. Let's get it the easy way. We can rob the
rich and give 'em to the poor...
After loosing their life's savings to
bandits, Stanlio and Ollio decide to become bandits
themselves. Ollio takes the name of Fra Diavolo, a ruthless
bandit known by all. Unfortunately, one of their first
victims is the real Fra Diavolo. Diavolo doesn't take kindly
to the impersonation and orders Ollio to be hanged. To make
things worse, Stanlio is forced to be the executioner.
However, the evil bandit spares their lives only to force
them to become his servants.
Prior to his encounter with Ollio,
Diavolo had been posing as the Marquis de San Marco while
traveling with Lord Rocburg and Lady Pamela. Diavolo's band
of men had robbed the Lord and Lady, but had missed the
500,000 francs that were in their possession. Outraged,
Diavolo decides to return to his cover as the Marquis de San
Marco in order to get their money.
Once again in the company of Lord Rocburg
and Lady Pamela, Diavolo turns on his charm and tries to
find out from Lady Rocburg where her husband has hidden his
money. Stanlio and Ollio are instructed to take a glass of
wine laced with sleeping powder to the Lord Rocburg's room,
so that Diavolo may search the sleeping man's room. When he
refuses it, Stanlio decides to drink it himself. Diavolo
sneaks in the Rocburg's room but is unable to find the
Meanwhile, the local inn keeper's
daughter is about to marry a wealthy nobleman whom she does
not love. Her true love is Captain Lorenzo, a poor man who
hopes to make his fortune - and thereby marry the woman he
loves - by capturing Fra Diavolo and collecting the reward.
While in the cellar, Stanlio and Ollio indulge in a bit too
much of the wine they are sent to retrieve. Stan indulges
himself with games of "Kneesie, Earsie, Nosie" and
"Finger-Wiggle." In his drunken
state, Stanlio has an altercation with Lorenzo and reveals
Diavolo's true identity.
Diavolo finds out from Lady Pamela that
the money is hidden in her petty coat. When she decides to
slip into something more comfortable, Diavolo is able to get
his hands on the money. With the money in his possession,
Diavolo is ready to leave. However, Lorenzo is there ready
to make his capture. Diavolo and his men are arrested and
sentenced to death. While in front of the firing squad, a
weeping Stanlio takes out his red handkerchief to blow his
nose one last time. It catches the attention of a nearby
bull, which charges at the firing squad and breaks it up.
Diavolo escapes, as do Stanlio and Ollio.
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