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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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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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Release Date:

29 June 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canoa Virou  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Ollie: [refering to the panties he has picked up] I'll bet you miss them.
Girl: [refering to her lost gloves] You can just imagine! And I washed them with gasoline just this morning.
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Crazy Credits

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 & Hardy's mishaps as sailors.
13 July 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Yet again the two boys get into some tight spots, which yet again also involves two girls who they of course try to impress and give a good time.

But what would a Laurel & Hardy picture be if everything would go right for the two boys. They get into trouble when they once more get into some budget problems and later on they get into an huge brawl on the water with a couple of other rowers.

The story is pretty weak, incoherent and simple even for a Laurel & Hardy short but those two main comical sequences I just mentioned earlier are the very reason why this movie works still extremely well as hilarious entertainment. The two sequences alone are reason enough to watch this movie.

Especially the end, set in the water in a small rowboat is a memorable and hilarious one.

Also the presence of Laurel & Hardy regulars Baldwin Cooke and especially James Finlayson make this movie an even more memorable- and hilarious one.

The movie is of course very outdated, even more than most other Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts. Some sequences don't even have sound recording which makes this movie extra old fashioned and hard to watch. However the most hardened black & white comedy short viewers will not be troubled by this.


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