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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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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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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The film ends with "The Koo-koos" played in an ominous minor key. This is appropriate, since Stan and Ollie will share a cell with killer Nick Grainger. 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 »

Quotes

Oliver Hardy: Dinner! Oh, Mr. Nick? Dinner is served.
Nick Grainger, Escaped Convict: [enters and sits down] Well... looks good
[smells the fake dinner]
Nick Grainger, Escaped Convict: smells good, and I better it probably tastes good.
Oliver Hardy: Oh, you're going to like this. It's just like mother used to make.
Stanley Laurel: Oh, it's better than that.
Nick Grainger, Escaped Convict: [grins] Well, if it's that good,
[puts dinner on two plates and gives one to Stan, one to Ollie]
Nick Grainger, Escaped Convict: you eat it.
Stan\Ollie: [look back dumb founded]
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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Partially played in the score twice
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Mister Laurel & Mister Hardy Invite You On A Most Memorable Boat Ride
27 November 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Stan & Ollie become SAPS AT SEA when their wayward little boat is commandeered by a vicious murderer.

The Boys are wonderful in this feature, which starts out with one of their most hilarious set pieces, the horn factory. Always a few steps out of sync with the rest of Creation, Laurel & Hardy inhabit a world where icy radios & bedded billy goats are the rule, not the exception. With its brief length, the film is more in style with their classic short subjects, which explains its episodic nature.

Only the Boys get screen credit, but movie mavens will recognize other familiar faces: James Finlayson appears as a loony doctor, Richard Cramer does full justice to his bad guy role, sweet Mary Gordon plays the Boys' perplexed neighbor. That's Charlie Hall as the apartment house desk clerk and silent screen comic Ben Turpin portrays a most peculiar plumber.

One of the film's script writers was silent comedian Harry Langdon.

Stan & Ollie are the main focus, however. Watching Hardy go berserk at the sound of a horn, or Laurel's antics with bananas, for instance, reminds the viewer why these fellows remain absolute cinematic giants.


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