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Men O'War (1929)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy | Family  -  29 June 1929 (USA)
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Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
James Finlayson ...
Anne Cornwall ...


Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't seem to get across to his friend. That problem is solved when Stanley hits the jackpot on a slot machine. Now with enough money to hire a boat, they start a battle-royal with other boaters, with everybody eventually winding up in the lake. Written by Paul Penna <>

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29 June 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Laurel and Hardy's third sound film. Hal Roach had beat his distributor, MGM to sound conversion (MGM's parent Loew's Inc., had adopted a deliberate wait and see attitude toward the technology, fearing the huge conversion costs to it's far flung theatrical empire). The popular Hal Roach shorts became a cost effective supplement to MGM's 1929 release schedule. See more »


Sodajerk: What flavor?
Ollie: Sassafras.
Stan: I don't like frassasass.
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Some prints have the title "Man O' War." See more »


References Should Married Men Go Home? (1928) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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A Nice Effort
21 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Sailors on leave, Laurel & Hardy try to impress two girls they meet in a park in this delightful, early sound short.

After misfiring in their first two sound shorts, Laurel & Hardy start to regain their stride in this short film. There is much to commend here. The scene with the boys meeting the girls is very cute, and the misunderstanding about a lost garment was surprisingly risqué for the time. The scene at the soda shop, where the boys, broke as usual, try to marshal their resources to buy drinks for the girls is also quite amusing. The appearance longtime foil Jim Finlayson as the soda jerk adds to the humor of the scene. In the second reel, the boys take the girls out on a small lake in a rowboat which leads to a typical tit-for-tat fight with their fellow boaters. This sequence isn't as funny as similar battles in "Two Tars" or "You're Darn Tootin'," but it shows that the boys are back on the right track.

One of my favorite shorts of this period. I think it benefited from some nice dialogue that actually seemed written. In their first two films, the dialogue seemed too perfunctorily or ad- libbed. Here, for the first time, they seem to be exploring the true possibilities of sound.

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