On his way home following World War I, Charley smuggles his French sweetheart aboard ship and gets into all kinds of trouble.





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Credited cast:
Pvt. Charley Chase
Carlton Griffin ...
The Ranch Boys ...
Soldiers / Singing Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Adams ...
Pvt. Jimmie Adams (as The Ranch Boys)
Frank Gage ...
Pvt. Frank Gage (as The Ranch Boys)
Marvin Hatley ...
Pvt. Marvin Hatley (as The Ranch Boys)


World War I is over, and the American soldiers are boarding ships to sail for home. Pvt. Charley Chase smuggles his French girlfriend Antoinette aboard as a bag of dirty laundry while his pet monkey Napoleon manages to sneak aboard on his own. Charley and his monkey steal a soldier's uniform for Antoinette piece by piece, and then Charley sings, dances, plays the harmonica and accordion, and pulls pranks on his fellow soldiers while he should be working. The ship's doctor attempts to restore the beautiful tenor voice of a member of Charley's quartet, and Napoleon wreaks havoc by playing with the ship's controls and a cannon. Written by TimeNTide

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Plot Keywords:

ship | soldier | monkey | cannon | accordion | See All (9) »


Short | Comedy






Release Date:

25 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Braut im Wäschesack  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pvt. Charley Chase: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again! Hooray! Hooray! Goodbye Frenchie! Our Re-vour!
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Alternate-language version of Monerías (1931) See more »


Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
Music from German folk song
Performed by Charley Chase on accordion
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Ship Of Fools
20 July 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Hal Roach CHARLEY CHASE Comedy Short.

It's ROUGH SEAS ahead for Charley when he tries to sneak both his French girlfriend and pet monkey aboard the troop transport heading home.

The script writers let poor Charley down in this rather unfunny and very silly little film; his personal brand of humor has not weathered well here, but fortunately he gets to sing a few songs (including 'Asleep In The Deep') and that he does quite nicely. The lovely & vivacious Miss Thelma Todd, as Charley's sweetheart, fares even worse - she is given virtually no chance to wield her considerable talents.

Movie mavens should recognize an uncredited Charlie Hall as a doughboy on ship.

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