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Jack Jevne (original story) and
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Release Date:
16 April 1937 (USA) See more »
A Rumble Of Roars That Ends In A Laff Riot ! See more »
Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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A Stan Laurel Production See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stanley

Oliver Hardy ... Ollie

Sharon Lynn ... Lola Marcel (as Sharon Lynne)
James Finlayson ... Mickey Finn
Rosina Lawrence ... Mary Roberts
Stanley Fields ... Sheriff
Vivien Oakland ... Sheriff's Wife
The Avalon Boys ... Singers
Dinah ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Silver Tip Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Harry Bernard ... Man Eating at Bar (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Ed Brandenburg ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Don Brookins ... Member of The Avalon Boys (uncredited)
Sammy Brooks ... Brushwood Gulch Citizen (uncredited)
Fritzi Brunette ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Fred Cady ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Janitor (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Paw - Bearded Miner at Saloon (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Flora Finch ... Maw (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Cook (uncredited)
Art Green ... Member of The Avalon Boys (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Finn's Employee (uncredited)
Carol Holloway ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Helen Holmes ... Woman in Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Bit Part (uncredited)
John Ince ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... Worker at Mickey Finn's (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Stagecoach Baggage Handler (uncredited)
Jim Mason ... Patron (uncredited)
George Miller ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Bartender (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Frank Montgomery ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Bartender (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dave Pepper ... Bartender (uncredited)
Art Rowlands ... Card Player (uncredited)
Cy Slocum ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Janitor (uncredited)
Walter Trask ... Member of The Avalon Boys (uncredited)
May Wallace ... Cook (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)

Chill Wills ... Lead Singer of the Avalon Boys / Stan's Bass Singing (uncredited)
Jay Wilsey ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Audience at Saloon (uncredited)

Directed by
James W. Horne 
Writing credits
Jack Jevne (original story) and
Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers)

Charley Rogers (screen play) (as Charles Rogers) &
Felix Adler (screen play) and
James Parrott (screen play)

James W. Horne  contributing writer (uncredited)
Arthur V. Jones  uncredited

Produced by
Stan Laurel .... producer (uncredited)
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marvin Hatley (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd (photography)
Walter Lundin (photography)
Film Editing by
Bert Jordan (film editor)
Art Direction by
Arthur I. Royce 
Set Decoration by
William Stevens (settings) (as W.L. Stevens)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William H. Terhune .... unit manager (uncredited)
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chet Brandenburg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound recording supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... photographic effects
Ham Kinsey .... stunt double: Stan Laurel (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Cy Slocum .... stunt double: Oliver Hardy (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Black .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Marvin Hatley .... musical director
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathaniel Shilkret .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Charles Morton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
64 min (copyright length) | 63 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2653) | West Germany:6 (nf)

Did You Know?

"On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine" was released as a single and charted in the UK towards the end of 1975, record number UP 36026 on United Artists.See more »
Continuity: During their dance routine outside of the saloon, the background scene shows the usual daily activity going on in the town. However, throughout the duration of the dance we see the same stagecoaches, cowboys, families etc on at least two, perhaps three occasions. Clearly the scene was filmed separately and used as a looped backdrop.See more »
Lola Marcel, the Singing Nightingale:Tell me about my dear, dear Daddy! Is it true that he's dead?
Stan:We hope so, they buried him.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV)See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Stan Laurel Production, 7 November 2005
Author: Vincentb341 from United States

Way Out West is unique in two ways. Not only is it the only Western Laurel and Hardy ever made, but it's the only feature with a title card reading, "A Stan Laurel Production." It also has one of the oldest plots since movies first flickered onto the screen, that of a daughter inheriting a gold mine from her father, which Laurel and Hardy have to deliver.

The boys have come west to give the deed to Mary Roberts (Rosina Lawrence), a present from her late father Sy. She works for Mr.Finn (James Finlayson), who runs the local saloon with his wife, singer Lola Marcel(Sharon Lynn). Together they plot to steal the deed from Mary. As Laurel and Hardy have never seen Mary, Lola pretends to be her, full of sweetness and light. Stan is his usual tactful self.

Lola: Tell me about my dear, dear daddy. Is it true that he's dead?

Stan: Well we hope he is, we buried him.

Later, when they meet the real Mary Roberts, the boys are determined to get the deed back. As Stan tells Ollie, "We'll get that deed back or I'll eat your hat!"

A running gag has the two crossing a lake to get in and out of town (on the Roach lot, this was known as Lake Laurel and Hardy). Stan crosses without incident, but Ollie manages to find the deepest part every time. As he sinks into the water, only his hat is left, floating on top.

Meanwhile the boys almost succeed in getting back the deed, but Lola corners Stan in a locked bedroom and tickles him until he hands it over (a very funny scene). Chased out of town by the sheriff, they contemplate their next move (Ollie has fallen into the lake again so his wet clothes are drying on the line). Ollie reminds Stan about the statement he made regarding a certain hat. He then forces Stan to eat it. At first he begins to cry, but after a while he gets a big napkin, sprinkles some salt on it, and begins to enjoy it. Ollie quickly pulls it away, but as Stan goes to check on his clothes, Ollie takes a bite and chews. He spits it out, disgusted. Although Ollie is disdainful of Stan, he's also a little jealous. After all, if ignorance is bliss, Stan must be ecstatic.

Just as he used his thumb as a pipe and smoked it in Blockheads, Stan is able to light a candle with his thumb in this film. All through the movie, a jealous Ollie tries to do it; when his thumb finally goes on fire, he's so terrified Stan has to come blow it out.

Way Out West is also one of their most musical pictures, featuring a duet on "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and a great dance scene. Ollie had a fine voice, having been trained as a singer early in his career. In fact, as wonderful as their singing and dancing is, it's amazing that it occurs so infrequently in the films.

One problem that somewhat spoils the duo's great dancing is that, for some reason, it was filmed on a sound stage with obvious back projection. The only time back projection should ever be used is when someone is riding in a car or train. But even that can go terribly wrong if not done carefully. The worst back projection I've ever seen is when Lauel and Hardy are driving in the car at the end of County Hospital. It ruins what would otherwise be one of their finest shorts.

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