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Saps at Sea (1940)

 -  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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Cross-Eyed Plumber
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Nick Grainger (as Dick Cramer)
Harry Bernard ...
Harbor Patrol Captain
Eddie Conrad ...
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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Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Mrs. O'Riley: [rings Oliver's apartment doorbell]
Oliver Hardy: [inside the bell rings, blows off the wall and hits Ollie in the head] Ooh!
[to Stan]
Oliver Hardy: See who that is!
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Connections

Spoofs Souls at Sea (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
Traditional
Partially played in the score twice
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Not one of their best...
11 August 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

For me, this film marked the beginning of Laurel & Hardy's decline. It was, I believe, the last film the boys made for Hal Roach before moving to 20th Century Fox - a move which many point to as the misguided decision that spelled the end of their career as a top ranking comedy act. But, on the evidence on this film, it's questionable whether they would have lasted much longer than they did had they remained with Roach.

There are still some very funny moments - Hardy asking for directions to the basement, the musical fridge and frozen radio for example - but some of the gags are overplayed or simply stale. While the duo's timing is still spot on, the material is noticeably weaker than it was only a couple of years earlier. I don't know why, but the fact that the stripes on Ollie's blazer were wider than those on Stan's struck me as disproportionately amusing...


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