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Way Out West (1937)

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 »

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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Sharon Lynn ... Lola Marcel (as Sharon Lynne)
James Finlayson ... Mickey Finn
Rosina Lawrence ... Mary Roberts
Stanley Fields ... Sheriff
Vivien Oakland ... Sheriff's Wife
The Avalon Boys The Avalon Boys ... Singing Quartette
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 <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Laurel and Hardy Are Going Way Out West! And Boy, Is the East Glad! See more »


Comedy | Family | Western


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Release Date:

16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allá en el lejano oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (TCM print) | (BBFC)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Footage from the film was used in a 1970 TV commercial for Hamm's beer with the soundtrack being replaced with piano music and title cards added to give the appearance of a silent film. See more »


Just before Stan and Ollie start to perform "At The Ball, That's All" they are standing in front their horse but when they actually start to perform the horse has disappeared. 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

Some prints removed the opening MGM lion. The newest German release has the MGM-Lion restored. It is also present on the UK DVD releases from 2004 (black and white version only). See more »


Referenced in Trinity Is STILL My Name! (1971) See more »


Will You Be My Lovey-Dovey?
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Lyrics by Portia Lanning
Performed by Sharon Lynn and Chorus
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The boys spoof the western with joyous results.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Running at just over one hour long, this Laurel & Hardy film is a none stop gag fest, both visually and orally. Perhaps more well known for being the film that contains the famous "Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" sequence, it should be noted that that scene is merely a part of a structured romp.

Stan & Ollie are asked to deliver a gold mine deed to a young lady by the name of Mary Roberts (Rosina Lawrence), naturally they get embroiled in some daft shenanigans as they are duped by the devious duo of Mickey Finn (a delightfully fiendish James Finlayson) & Lola Marcel (Sharon Lynne) into handing over the deed to them instead of the rightful heir. After learning they have been conned we then follow the chaotic attempts of Stan & Ollie to recover the deed and give it to the real Mary.

Watch as the boys get maximum laughter out of a hole in Stan's shoe, see Ollie's neck stretched, you will believe that a mule can fly, and embrace the rib tickler that is a saloon chase sequence late in the piece. Throw in a delightful dance routine the guys do to "At The Ball, That's All," and you have a simple recipe brought to the boil with wonderful results. End result? Comedy gold. 9/10

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