15 user 2 critic

Men O'War (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Family | 29 June 1929 (USA)
On shore leave from the Navy, seamen Stanley and Oliver want to treat two attractive single girls to a glass of soda in the park but only have enough change for three sodas.


Lewis R. Foster


H.M. Walker (dialogue)




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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Comedy | Family


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Jimmy Finlayson's first sound film. See more »


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


Ollie: Go ahead and drink your half.
[Stanley drinks the entire soda]
Ollie: [Ollie picks up the glass and finds it empty. He gives Stan a shameful look, making him hang his head] Do you know what you've done?
Ollie: What made you do it?
Stan: I couldn't help it.
Ollie: Why?
Stan: My half was on the bottom.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »


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


(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Marvin Hatley
Played during the opening credits
See more »

User Reviews

Pratfalls In The Park With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
31 May 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A LAUREL & HARDY Comedy Short.

Sailors Stan & Ollie, two MEN O'WAR, are on shore leave. While strolling through the park, they meet & escort two silly young women. After a financial contretemps at the soda fountain, the Boys initiate a rowdy donnybrook on the boat pond.

A hilarious little film, with a delightful sense of spontaneity, as if the performers were extemporizing much of their dialogue. This short is also refreshing in that the plot takes place entirely out of doors. Highlight: bedlam in the boat. The knickers sequence shows that this film was produced pre-Production Code. That's James Finlayson as the soda fountain/boat rental manager; Anne Cornwall & Gloria Greer as the young women; and Charlie Hall as the man in the canoe.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Site





Release Date:

29 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Men O'War See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Everything That's New on Netflix in December

No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month.

See the full list

Recently Viewed