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Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat ... See full summary »

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Willie Brisling
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First Mate
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Willie's Girl
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Captain's Wife
Malcolm Waite ...
Sea Captain
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Charles R. Althoff ...
Grandpa Brisling (scenes deleted)
Sôjin Kamiyama ...
Moneylender (scenes deleted) (as Sôjin)
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The Admiral (scenes deleted)
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Delamar (scenes deleted)
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Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat as the captain's wife fires off a parting shot. Written by Tom Althoff <tomk2ta@aol.com>

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17 July 1927 (USA)  »

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Perché le ragazze amano i marinai  »

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It was considered a lost film until 1971 when it was rediscovered in France. See more »

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Considering that this was BEFORE Laurel and Hardy became a team, it's pretty good.
4 May 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were both under contract with Hal Roach Studios in the late 1920s. However, they were not a team but separate acts who just happened to appear in some movies together before Roach realized they would make a good team. Because of this, most of the films they made in 1927 didn't have the same chemistry as later films and they often worked against each other in the films--being enemies such as in SAILORS BEWARE, FROM SOUP TO NUTS and this film. While these were pretty good films, they really don't seem at all like Laurel and Hardy films.

In WHY GIRLS LOVE SAILORS, Stanley's girlfriend is kidnapped and taken aboard a very rough boat filled with some tough characters--one of the meanest of which is first mate, Oliver Hardy. Ollie looks very different in this film--without the trademark mustache and sporting a very stubbly face. Plus, it's one of the few films from 1927 on where he was a real villain--something he did regularly in his earlier films. Since Stanley can't possibly overpower the entire crew, he uses his wits (and a dress) to outsmart them--leading to an eventual "boss battle" with the captain at the end of the film.

This film excels due to good writing, some clever gags and because it's so gosh-darn different. Fans of the team are encouraged to find this one and see a truly unusual Laurel and Hardy film.


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