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Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 17 July 1927 (USA)
The Merry Maiden's tough captain sets his sights on the love-smitten Willie Brisling's charming fiancée and kidnaps her. Now, she is a prisoner of love. Will the adulterous sea captain get away with cheating?


Fred Guiol


Hal Roach, H.M. Walker (titles)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Willie Brisling
Oliver Hardy ... First Mate
Viola Richard Viola Richard ... Willie's Girl
Anita Garvin ... Captain's Wife
Malcolm Waite ... Sea Captain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles R. Althoff Charles R. Althoff ... Grandpa Brisling (scenes deleted)
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Moneylender (scenes deleted) (as Sôjin)
Eric Mayne ... The Admiral (scenes deleted)
Anna May Wong ... Delamar (scenes deleted)


Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat as the captain's wife fires off a parting shot. Written by Tom Althoff <tomk2ta@aol.com>

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1920s | 20s | sea | seaman | fiance | See All (63) »


Comedy | Short


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It was considered a lost film until 1971 when it was rediscovered in France. See more »


All through the film Ollie has a good growth of stubble until Anita Garvin climbs on board then he's suddenly clean shaven. See more »


Willie Brisling: The wretch! He told me he was practically single!
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Long-Lost L&H comedy
26 February 2005 | by BJJ-2See all my reviews

WHY GIRLS LOVE SAILORS was a lost film for many years until it turned up in a French Film Archive in 1971.It took another 15 years for the film to be viewed again,but happily it is now readily available on DVD and Video,with the French subtitles translated into English.

So,do Stan and Ollie work as a team here? Not really,though they do share one scene towards the end as Stan(called Willie Brisling here)tricks Ollie(billed as the First Mate)into thinking he's a woman,though he's actually trying to rescue his girl who's been kidnapped by the Ship's captain(Malcolm Waite).Anita Garvin,who was not thought to have appeared in the film until it's rediscovery,steals the show as the Captain's irate wife.Interesting more historically than aesthetically,but still watchable.

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Release Date:

17 July 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giati ta Koritsia Agapoun tous Naftikous; See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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