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Saps at Sea (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  3 May 1940 (USA)
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Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard.

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Harbor Patrol Captain
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Prof. O'Brien
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Storyline

After working in the noisy horn factory, just the sound of one drives Oliver into a violent fit. Dr. Finlayson prescribes a long, restful sea voyage, so Stan and Oliver rent a boat and set sail, unaware that escaped killer Nick Grainger has stowed away onboard. To disable the crook, the boys prepare him a meal using string for spaghetti, sponges for meatballs and soap for cheese. But Grainger discovers their plan and decides to make them eat the stuff themselves. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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If You're Sick (and tired of it all) Take The Laff Cure! Get well by Laughing Yourself Sick . . . at . . . See more »

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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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En croisière  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are "QUIET PLEASE" signs posted all over the place in the noisy horn factory. :) See more »

Goofs

Mrs. O'Riley shows Hardy her refrigerator/radio, which plays a brassy tune. Hardy, who is suffering from "Hornophobia", doesn't react to the music however, as he does throughout the rest of the picture whenever he hears horns. See more »

Quotes

Neighbor: Having trouble, Mr. Hardy?
Oliver Hardy: Trouble? Well, the room's all topsy turvy.
Neighbor: Well, just have a look at mine.
Oliver Hardy: [follows her into the apartment] All right.
Neighbor: I don't know what happened, I just went to my fridge this morning, and look what happened!
[opens it, and music starts playing. She shuts it after a moment]
Neighbor: And that's not all, just have a look at the radio.
[points to it, where it is covered with frost]
Oliver Hardy: Oh! Well, I'll give that guy a piece of your mind too.
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Connections

Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet Home
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Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played on trombones by Stan Laurel and Eddie Conrad
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Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy...with that, anything can happen.
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, as the other reviewers have already stated, this may not be vintage L&H but it's far from being their worst work as at 20th Century Stupid...I mean Fox. This film certainly has all of the basic ingredients for things to go wrong for the boys. But it's their serious approach and determination that makes them funny. They don't play it for laughs as other comedians might but they take their work and situation quite seriously and that is the essence of their eternal humor. In this film, they are faced with some basic issues that really might be encountered by any one of us today, namely job related stress. First, we would get checked out by a doctor and he would prescribe some much needed rest and perhaps staying by the sea. That's where the surrealness comes in to all of this. L&H always take a most plausible set of circumstances and exaggerate it but never to the point of being incredible, except maybe once in awhile. This makes us laugh because we can relate to their self caused predicaments and attempts at extrication. That's what makes Stan and Ollie universal in their appeal. In this film all those ingredients are presented in a delightfully artful and gracefully slapstick way. Not their best in comparison to their earlier work probably because this was the actual last film they did for Roach because he wanted to mirror the "big" studios and go into making features exclusively and also wanted to hurry up and finish their contractual obligation. BIG MISTAKE! They should have all stayed together and continued for maybe five more years. What the world may have missed in their not considering this as an option. Watch, laugh, and enjoy this as their last great performance.


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