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Saps at Sea (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1940 (USA)
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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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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They'll Scuttle Your Blues To the Bottom of the Sea! See more »

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The last Laurel & Hardy film with music by Marvin Hatley, composer of the team's signature "Ku-Ku" theme. See more »

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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 »

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Stanley Laurel: [to Ollie] You know, your nerves are getting to look better already.
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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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Fair comedy, but far from Stan 'n' Ollie's best
7 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

SAPS AT SEA

Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white)

Suffering from 'hornophobia', Ollie embarks on a 'restful' boat trip, but he and Stan get mixed up with an escaped convict (Rychard Cramer). Chaos ensues.

This feature length comedy - an OK entry which nonetheless unspools like a mere imitation of Laurel and Hardy's best work - marked the final collaboration between L&H and producer Hal Roach. Episodic in structure, the movie culminates in a memorable ocean voyage after The Boys are taken hostage by villainous Cramer (who shoots a seagull to prove how tough he is!). The gags are OK, but inspiration is lacking, perhaps due to the recruitment of actor-turned-director Gordon Douglas, previously responsible for Ollie's first solo effort in the sound era (ZENOBIA, produced in 1939), but whose work here lacks a measure of pzazz. Fair, but nothing special. L&H regulars Charlie Hall and James Finlayson make guest appearances.


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