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 <email@example.com>
The partnership of Laurel&Hardy and producer Hal Roach came to an end with Saps At Sea. The boys moved on to major studios like 20th Century Fox and MGM for the next five years. Bigger budgets, but they lost a lot of creative control.
Not so in Saps At Sea where poor Oliver Hardy has a nervous breakdown as a result of listening to a cacophony of horn instruments at the factory where he and Stanley work. In fact the film opens with another employee falling in the line of duty. Living with Stan hasn't made Ollie crack, but the din of those horns being tested does. The owner of the factory must have Worker's Compensation premiums that go through the roof.
In his last appearance as L&H's favorite foil, Dr. James Finlayson diagnoses Hornaphobia. That does not mean that Ollie is horny though. Finlayson prescribes the peace and quiet of a sea voyage with plenty of fresh sea air.
They get their sea voyage not quite the way they wanted it when a boat is cast adrift to sea with them and public enemy Richard Cramer on it. A bad situation, but those horns get them out of it. Let's just say that the sound of brass or woodwind instrument send Ollie off on the equivalent of what some feel when they hear the words 'Niagara Falls' or 'Susquehanna Hat Company'.
Although Saps At Sea is far from the best work that Stan and Ollie did with Hal Roach it still is a nice film with some good moments and fond memories.
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