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Berth Marks (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 1 June 1929 (USA)
Taking the train to a show in Pottsville, musicians Stanley and Oliver run into trouble once settled in their sleeping car berth.


Lewis R. Foster


H.M. Walker (titles)




Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie


Big-time (so they think) vaudeville stars Stanley and Oliver take the train to Pottsville, their next booking. On board, they bumble into the wrong sleeping compartment, startling a semi-dressed woman. Her irate husband mistakes another passenger for the intruder and starts a coat-ripping free-for-all. The boys spend the rest of the trip trying to squeeze themselves into their cramped single upper berth. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy told Mr. Laurel to meet him at the Southern Pacific Station Wednesday morning -- So Mr. Laurel went to the Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon.


Short | Comedy


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Did You Know?


This was Laurel & Hardy's second short that was available in a sound version. The one-sheet for the sound version indicated that it was "ALL TALKING" in a font almost as large as the title. See more »


As Stan and Ollie scramble to board the train, their fiddle is clearly smashed to pieces, yet it is intact for the rest of the film. See more »


Oliver: [To Stan] I wish I'd checked you with the baggage.
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Alternate Versions

The computer colorized version features the original MGM credits but not the lion. Reportedly, most of the footage for that version (there is a strange camera jump at one moment and a sequence in which Oliver Hardy is speaking that is out sync ) was lifted from a silent version that is unavailable. See more »


Referenced in The Big Noise (1944) See more »

User Reviews

23 June 2002 | by shiftyitaliano2001See all my reviews

For anyone who doesn't believe that train rides can be a total hassle, see this film, and your views will be sorely changed. Laural And Hardy, two vaudeville stars heading for Pottsville, take us on a 20 minute ride of their life (one most of us wish would never happen). This movie makes me laugh tears right from the opening scenes, as the boys even find boarding the train a hard thing to do (this is one of the best scenes in the short). Next we find them on the train, and they've apparently lost their music for their act, can things get worse? of course! stan, on the way to his berth, walks into a womans room, causing her husband to think someone was looking at her, and a free for all coat fight ensues! The next scenes are what tops the short off... Stan and Ollie spend the last 15 minutes just trying to get in the berth and get settled into it! These last scenes make this short a killer, one to be remembered forever, and even though i am only 18, i will make sure my grandkids watch this when they are my age. A truly great L&H short...for everyone

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Release Date:

1 June 1929 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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