A gruff sea captain is having trouble manning his ship because of rumors it's haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him shanghai a crew from the sailors at a dockside bar. ... See full summary »
A gruff sea captain is having trouble manning his ship because of rumors it's haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him shanghai a crew from the sailors at a dockside bar. Once aboard, the captain warns them that whoever says the word "ghost" will get his head twisted from north to south. At sea, one of the drunken sailors falls into a trough of whitewash, terrorizing Stanley and Oliver into blurting out "ghost" in front of the enraged captain. Written by
Paul Penna <email@example.com>
The whitewash trough was too shallow to cover the drunken sailor with whitewash just by his falling into it face-down. In the first shot of him falling, the whitewash doesn't splash much onto his back side, but in the next shot, he is covered all over in whitewash. See more »
[over "dead" body]
Do you think he's in heaven?
No. Most likely he's gone to the other place. Get some coal. We'll dump him overboard.
Do you gotta take your own coal with you when you go to the other place?
Certainly not. It's to weight the sack down so it'll sink.
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The boys are shanghaied onto what they think is a ghost ship...
Frankly, I've enjoyed other Laurel and Hardy shorts much more than this effort from 1934. It's predictable from start to finish with the laughs centered around the boys helping a ship's captain to round up a crew for his ship and then getting hoodwinked themselves into joining the crew.
The laughs revolve mainly around a drunken sailor who is mistaken for a ghost when he becomes covered in white liquid. The boys throw him off the ship when Stan's examination of a revolver leads to him firing a shot at the man's bunk. Thinking he's dead, they throw him overboard and then go into a panic when he comes aboard ship again still appearing like a ghost.
It's mercifully a short that doesn't overstay its welcome. The laughs are strictly for the team's die-hard fans who will undoubtedly enjoy this more than I did.
Summing up: Silly and predictable nonsense.
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