Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.


James W. Horne


Jack Jevne (original story), Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
Sharon Lynn ... Lola Marcel (as Sharon Lynne)
James Finlayson ... Mickey Finn
Rosina Lawrence ... Mary Roberts
Stanley Fields ... Sheriff
Vivien Oakland ... Sheriff's Wife
Don Brookins ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Art Green Art Green ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Walter Trask Walter Trask ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Chill Wills ... Lead Singer of the Singing Quartette / Stan's Bass Singing (as The Avalon Boys)
Dinah Dinah ... The Mule


Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey Finn who is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon singer wife Lola. Written by Stephen Harrison <>

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Taglines: they hunt for gold...and find only trouble..IN THEIR FUNNIEST FULL-LENGTH FEATURE! (original print ad) See more »


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Top British comedian Frank Skinner said that girlfriends of his were "subjected to the Laurel and Hardy test", when he would play a video of the dance sequence from the movie. "If she didn't laugh," said Skinner, "I instantly wrote her off as a future companion." See more »


In the final scene, Ollie is holding the burro's harness just before the cut, but just after the cut, he's five feet away from the burro and performs his famous fall into a deep hole in the shallow water. See more »


[Finn pushes the $1 key on the cash register and .10 shows up, he opens the cash register case to examine it, and .10 appears when he presses the $1 key again]
[first lines]
Mickey Finn: Hey, this thing ain't workin' right.
Bartender: It's working all right for me.
[Finn does a double take]
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Alternate Versions

In the original UK video release from 1986 on Virgin Video, the entire opening sequence in the saloon was cut: the film opened with Laurel and Hardy on the road. This was apparently done so that the film would fit on a one-hour cassette. All later releases from 1991 have the scene restored. See more »


Referenced in Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) See more »


Dance of the Cuckoos
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played over the opening credits and during Stan and Ollie's first scene
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A Home Where Stan and Ollie Roam
21 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

What did Rosina Lawrence's dying father expect when he entrusted Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to deliver the deed to a gold mine to her in Way Out West? I mean even in death was his judgment that seriously impaired?

The boys are up to the necks in it in the town of Brushwood Gulch when they try to do their good deed. In fact Ollie's up to it even before as Stan innocently dumps the freeloading Ollie who is snoozing in a travois drawn by their donkey while Stan is guiding the poor animal. Dumps Ollie in a creek mind you. Serves him right actually.

The boys arrive in town and wouldn't you know it, they tell bartender James Finlayson what their mission is. So the quick thinking Finlayson gets his wife Sharon Lynne to pose as Lawrence and the boys sign the deed over to her.

Later on they discover their mistake and the rest of the film is spent trying to make up for their mistake and get the deed to the rightful owner. Of course it's one mishap after another, including Stan lighting Ollie's thumb on fire. Don't ask how.

Everybody looks like they're having a great old time in Way Out West. Finlayson is a terrific Snidely Whiplash, Lynne does a great imitation of the kind of brassy dame that Gladys George or Binnie Barnes had a specialty in, and Lawrence is a fabulous little Nell heroine.

Way Out West is one of Stan and Ollie's best feature film comedies. It even got an Oscar nomination for Best Musical Scoring. But I still wonder, wasn't their anyone else Lawrence's father could get for such a mission?

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16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Way Out West See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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