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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?


A silent version was also made for theaters that at the time were not equipped to show talkies. 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: [Sharing the upper berth on an overnight train] Get your foot out of my face! And don't crowd! Why don't you stay on your own side? Will you quit crowding?
[Stan starts to cry]
Oliver: Would you mind getting over further and don't crowd?
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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

Laurel & Hardy cause some hilarious mayhem on a train.
12 August 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This first talking movie from Laurel & Hardy is a surprising good one. It has the typical Laurel & Hardy humor in it, for which they are so famous and loved over the world. This is one of their most typical shorts. It's simple and it's almost non-stop filled with slapstick moments. Laurel & Hardy at their purest and finest.

The movie begins standard but from the moment when the two boys enter the train the movie becomes an almost fun and non-stop laugh-fest. The movie its humor is very simple and also predictable but executed brilliantly by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Especially the scene in which the two boys try to get in bed, which last at least 5 minutes, is one to remember and Laurel & Hardy hilarity at its best and purest form. Although the movie its humor and moments are rather stretched out, the movie never really becomes tiresome to watch.

More than in other early Laurel & Hardy comedy shorts, the supporting cast also plays an important part when it comes to the humor. The movie is filled with comical moments, that don't even feature the two boys in it. Among the supporting cast is Laurel & Hardy regular Baldwin Cooke and movie icon Paulette Goddard. Talk about movie history!

This movie is definitely better than Laurel & Hardy's other work from the '20's. It's humor and characters already have the shape and form as their later and best work from the early '30's.



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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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