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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 ...
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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 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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Stan and Babe had quite a bit of trouble filming this, their third sound short. Crowds of on lookers would gather and laugh repeatedly at the scenes, spoiling the sound. IT got so bad they had to close down and return another day. See more »


Ollie: Go ahead and drink your half.
[Stanley drinks the entire soda]
Ollie: Do you know what you've done?
Ollie: What made you do it?
Stan: I couldn't help it.
Ollie: Why?
Stan: My half was on the bottom.
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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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Laurel and Hardy's Boat Double-Date
22 July 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

The duo are back again, this time as sailors wooing to equally dumb girls. It's got the usual slapstick and facial expressions that make the viewer laugh but in addition to that, it's got some witty dialogues too. The bar scene where Hardy selfishly tries to get out of paying is downright hilarious. The slapstick regarding the boat where the duo try to row out but end up rotating in one spot, drags a little but the sequence thereafter, that leads to a 'catastrophe' is hilarious. I kept wondering, OK now the boat's going to sink until it eventually does. The underwear confusion in the beginning was another laugh-out-loud sequence and I'm glad they didn't overdo it by using clichés. That sequence could have ended with Laurel or Hardy handing over the underwear to the girls followed by an embarrassing scream but thankfully that was avoided and the plot continued well. Overall, it is a well executed movie. A nice little funny film.

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