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Men O'War (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Family | 29 June 1929 (USA)
Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James Finlayson ... Soda Jerk
Anne Cornwall ... Girl
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Storyline

Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't seem to get across to his friend. That problem is solved when Stanley hits the jackpot on a slot machine. Now with enough money to hire a boat, they start a battle-royal with other boaters, with everybody eventually winding up in the lake. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canoa Virou See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Finlayson's first sound film. See more »

Goofs

Stan's sailor scarf ties hang over his chest but keep changing in length most notably in the soda fountain sequence. See more »

Quotes

Sodajerk: What flavor?
Ollie: [innocently] Sassafras.
[Stan taps him]
Ollie: What is it?
Stan: I don't like frassasass.
Sodajerk: D'oh.
Ollie: [exasperated] Three sodas. One with frassa... Sassafrass!
[shoves Stan]
Ollie: Shut up.
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Crazy Credits

Some prints have the title "Man O' War." See more »

Connections

References Should Married Men Go Home? (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-Ku
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
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Typically funny Laurel & Hardy Short
29 January 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy are in their sailor outfits again, although there's really no need for them to be other than to emphasise their ineptitude in the second part of the film, which takes place on a boating lake. They come across a pair of bloomers and mistakenly believe they belong to one of a pair of young ladies they meet in the park. Of course, they don't belong to the ladies, but the boys realise this before they can embarrass themselves. That fact alone is an indicator of the high quality of the writing here; a lesser writer would have had the boys making asses of themselves, but the more satisfying pay-off is gained from the audience's sense of relief combined with the idea of what could have happened.

The boys take the girls for a soda. The clerk here is their old nemesis James Finlayson, but he doesn't really have a lot to do here other than squint suspiciously at the boys through one eye and say 'doh!' (nearly sixty years before Homer). Of course they don't have enough money and Ollie decides he and Stan will have to share one between them. You probably know how that works out, and the simplicity of Stan's line is filled with the kind of crackpot – but understandable – logic that typifies Laurel & Hardy's humour.

The ending's a variation on a theme they had used many times before but it still works because it *is* a variation rather than a rip off. This one's definitely worth a look.


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