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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Complete credited cast:
James Finlayson ...
Cross-Eyed Plumber
Richard Cramer ...
Nick Grainger (as Dick Cramer)
Harry Bernard ...
Harbor Patrol Captain
Eddie Conrad ...
Prof. O'Brien


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 <>

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Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En croisière  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In the scene with Dr. Finlayson's "lung-tester", just before the giant balloon is about to burst, the Klieg lights are visible reflecting in the stretched latex of the balloon. See more »


Oliver Hardy: Well, here's another nice bucket of suds you've pickled me in!
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References Punch Drunks (1934) See more »


The Sailor's Hornpipe
Partially played in the score twice
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"The E-flat horn always gets 'em."
27 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

The last (I believe) of the movies The Boys made with Hal Roach, this is also the last truly funny film they made, before going to 20th century fox, which so famously misued their talents. Although there are weak moments - the business with the "lung tester", for instance, is a bit, ah ... overblown (but worth having, just to see "Dr." Jimmy Finlayson) - but on the whole this flick is a good summary of what the boys brought to the screen. Richard Cramer (uncredited) appeared in other L&H flicks, and he is delightfully threatening here as the convict Nick Granger. The scene where The Boys have to eat their own synthetic meal ("Looks good, smells good, and it probably tastes good. Eat it.") is one of my favorite moments in the oeuvre. Stan & Ollie will always be pleasant companions in the lives of their millions of devoted fans.

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