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Saps at Sea (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers), Felix Adler (original story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James Finlayson ... Dr. J.H. Finlayson
Ben Turpin ... Cross-Eyed Plumber
Richard Cramer ... Nick Grainger (as Dick Cramer)
Harry Bernard ... Harbor Patrol Captain
Eddie Conrad ... Prof. O'Brien
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Storyline

After working in the noisy horn factory, just the sound of one drives Oliver into a violent fit. Dr. Finlayson prescribes a long, restful sea voyage, so Stan and Oliver rent a boat and set sail, unaware that escaped killer Nick Grainger has stowed away onboard. To disable the crook, the boys prepare him a meal using string for spaghetti, sponges for meatballs and soap for cheese. But Grainger discovers their plan and decides to make them eat the stuff themselves. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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They're All At Sea ! See more »

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two's Company See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

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Quotes

Oliver Hardy: You can talk from now until Doomsday, but you're not gonna get me on the ocean. Hornamania or no Hornamania.
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Spoofed in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Traditional
Partially played in the score twice
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Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy...with that, anything can happen.
6 April 2006 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

Yes, as the other reviewers have already stated, this may not be vintage L&H but it's far from being their worst work as at 20th Century Stupid...I mean Fox. This film certainly has all of the basic ingredients for things to go wrong for the boys. But it's their serious approach and determination that makes them funny. They don't play it for laughs as other comedians might but they take their work and situation quite seriously and that is the essence of their eternal humor. In this film, they are faced with some basic issues that really might be encountered by any one of us today, namely job related stress. First, we would get checked out by a doctor and he would prescribe some much needed rest and perhaps staying by the sea. That's where the surrealness comes in to all of this. L&H always take a most plausible set of circumstances and exaggerate it but never to the point of being incredible, except maybe once in awhile. This makes us laugh because we can relate to their self caused predicaments and attempts at extrication. That's what makes Stan and Ollie universal in their appeal. In this film all those ingredients are presented in a delightfully artful and gracefully slapstick way. Not their best in comparison to their earlier work probably because this was the actual last film they did for Roach because he wanted to mirror the "big" studios and go into making features exclusively and also wanted to hurry up and finish their contractual obligation. BIG MISTAKE! They should have all stayed together and continued for maybe five more years. What the world may have missed in their not considering this as an option. Watch, laugh, and enjoy this as their last great performance.


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