In need of funds, Hardy happens to meet an old friend, now a boxing promoter, and volunteers "Battling Laurel" as the team's prizefighter, only to discover their opponent in the ring is a fearsome old nemesis.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Chimp (1932)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two bumbling circus performers inadvertently help drive the circus into ruin and then end up in possession of a flea circus and an oversized chimp.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Helpmates (1932)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too, but making a boat seaworthy is an easy task.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mrs. Hardy is irate that her husband Oliver spends more time with his friend Stanley than with her. Oliver decides to adopt a baby, hoping that it will keep his wife occupied so that he and... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch
Below Zero (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Bobby Burns
Be Big! (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Horne, James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Chet Brandenburg
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the hospital with a broken leg Ollie is visited by Stan, who brings him hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and total mayhem.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Our Wife (1931)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Beau Hunks (1931)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James W. Horne
Scram! (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys... See full summary »

Directors: Ray McCarey, Lloyd French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Richard Cramer
Night Owls (1930)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Mugsie Long, proprietor of Ye Mariner's Rest
...
Bride (as Jacqueline Wells)
Edit

Storyline

Stan and Ollie check into a seedy hotel and help a young girl escape the clutches of the landlord (Long). They are forced to flee the hotel with no money and Ollie arranges for Stan to fight at a local boxing hall for $50. Stan's opponent turns out to be Musgy who uses a loaded glove. During the fight the glove is swapped and Stan triumphs only to find that Ollie has bet their fee that he would lose. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In port -- Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy were just home from a whaling voyage -- Mr. Hardy shipped as head harpooner; Mr. Laurel went along as bait.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Laurel and Hardy: Any Old Port!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally meant to be three reels, the first reel is now lost and exists only in stills. This was set aboard ship and featured James Finlayson and Tiny Sandford. See more »

Goofs

After Walter Long is hit by the weighted glove on Stan's right hand, the glove falls with Long to the boxing ring floor. But the next scene has Stan with BOTH gloves on, as the weighted glove hits the referee. See more »

Quotes

Stan: I'll go for the same meal as he is.
Lunch Wagon Owner: Okay.
Ollie: [to Stan] You cannot have a meal!
Stan: What do you mean I can't have a meal?
Ollie: Because, You gotta fight tonight.
[to the Lunch Wagon Owner]
Ollie: One order, Please!
Stan: [Whines as he got comfused] I thought you were fighting.
Ollie: NO! I am the manager, And you are the fighter!
[He leaves poor Stan sobbing and starving]
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Enjoyable short
5 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy return from a spell on a whaler where Hardy was chief harpoon man and Laurel was the bait. They get into port and book into a hotel run by a gruff owner and a young woman working for him. When they realise that the man is forcing the girl to marry him they step in to help out and let the girl escape, but the man proves harder to get away from that they first thought.

Trading from the very start on their physical abilities more than anything else, this short is a firm entry into their stable as it shows the essence of their work in full flow. Our heroes step in to try and do the right thing but end up in trouble with the bad guy. The film takes a little time to set up but moves quickly into the chase and the punch line (literally!) scene. The body of the film is very funny and is good work. The fight is good with the interaction of the crowd and also Laurel really delivering the goods in the ring comedy-wise.

Laurel and Hardy show why they are so good at this stuff by really turning a standard idea into a much funnier film. They work well together and Laurel takes the opportunity to out shine his partner in the boxing match scene at the end. Walter Long as the aggressive, domineering hotel owner is larger than life `and twice as mean'.

Overall this is a good example of what Laurel and Hardy is all about, classy films with the focus on comedy and a talented duo who's delivery serves to make for a better film.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Any Old Port! (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?