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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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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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DON'T LOOK NOW! THEY'LL HAVE YOU ROLLING IN THE AISLES...with Laffs! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy

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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Fans regard this as the last true Laurel and Hardy film. It was their last film done for Hal Roach. It would also be the last film in which they would have significant input. 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

Oliver Hardy: Well, here's another nice bucket of suds you've pickled me in!
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Referenced in Up in Smoke (1978) 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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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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