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Any Old Port! (1932)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 5 March 1932 (USA)
In need of funds, Hardy happens to meet an old friend, now a boxing promoter, and volunteers "Battling Laurel" as the team's prizefighter, only to discover their opponent in the ring is a fearsome old nemesis.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Walter Long ... Mugsie Long, proprietor of Ye Mariner's Rest
Julie Bishop ... Bride (as Jacqueline Wells)
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Storyline

Stan and Ollie check into a seedy hotel and help a young girl escape the clutches of the landlord (Long). They are forced to flee the hotel with no money and Ollie arranges for Stan to fight at a local boxing hall for $50. Stan's opponent turns out to be Musgy who uses a loaded glove. During the fight the glove is swapped and Stan triumphs only to find that Ollie has bet their fee that he would lose. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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In port -- Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy were just home from a whaling voyage -- Mr. Hardy shipped as head harpooner; Mr. Laurel went along as bait.

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laurel and Hardy: Any Old Port! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally meant to be three reels, the first reel is now lost and exists only in stills. This was set aboard ship and featured James Finlayson and Tiny Sandford. See more »

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Mugsy chases Stan and and Ollie around a long table to get a key back. Stan jumps onto an end chair and runs along the table followed by Mugsy but when he get to the centre Ollie pulls the extension out at his end causing Mugsy to fall through the gap. As he does so he clearly breaks a section of the table. Stan and Ollie push the extensions back in place trapping Mugsy by the neck and there's no sign of any damage to the table. In a long shot from the side there's also no sign of any broken pieces from the table. See more »

Quotes

Ollie: [after girl runs upstairs crying] What seems to be the trouble?
Mugsie Long, proprietor of Ye Mariner's Rest: Ha ha ha ha. She's crying with happiness. She's gonna be married.
Ollie: Who's the lucky fellow?
Mugsie Long, proprietor of Ye Mariner's Rest: I am.
Stan: [after a great big double take] Can you beat that?
Ollie: What?
Stan: What a terrible cats-after-me.
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Enjoyable short
5 July 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy return from a spell on a whaler where Hardy was chief harpoon man and Laurel was the bait. They get into port and book into a hotel run by a gruff owner and a young woman working for him. When they realise that the man is forcing the girl to marry him they step in to help out and let the girl escape, but the man proves harder to get away from that they first thought.

Trading from the very start on their physical abilities more than anything else, this short is a firm entry into their stable as it shows the essence of their work in full flow. Our heroes step in to try and do the right thing but end up in trouble with the bad guy. The film takes a little time to set up but moves quickly into the chase and the punch line (literally!) scene. The body of the film is very funny and is good work. The fight is good with the interaction of the crowd and also Laurel really delivering the goods in the ring comedy-wise.

Laurel and Hardy show why they are so good at this stuff by really turning a standard idea into a much funnier film. They work well together and Laurel takes the opportunity to out shine his partner in the boxing match scene at the end. Walter Long as the aggressive, domineering hotel owner is larger than life `and twice as mean'.

Overall this is a good example of what Laurel and Hardy is all about, classy films with the focus on comedy and a talented duo who's delivery serves to make for a better film.


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