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Saps at Sea (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers), Felix Adler (original story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
James Finlayson ... Dr. J.H. Finlayson
Ben Turpin ... Cross-Eyed Plumber
Richard Cramer ... Nick Grainger (as Dick Cramer)
Harry Bernard Harry Bernard ... Harbor Patrol Captain
Eddie Conrad ... Prof. O'Brien
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Storyline

After working in the noisy horn factory, just the sound of one drives Oliver into a violent fit. Dr. Finlayson prescribes a long, restful sea voyage, so Stan and Oliver rent a boat and set sail, unaware that escaped killer Nick Grainger has stowed away onboard. To disable the crook, the boys prepare him a meal using string for spaghetti, sponges for meatballs and soap for cheese. But Grainger discovers their plan and decides to make them eat the stuff themselves. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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They're All At Sea ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crackpots See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film for Laurel and Hardy at Hal Roach Studios. See more »

Goofs

Fin's handkerchief in his breast pocket has a mind of its own. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Hardy: You tell him, Stanley.
Stanley Laurel: All right, I'll tell him. You see, it happened like this. When those two guys came on board...
Harbor Patrol Captain: Two guys?
Stanley Laurel: Oh, yeah, it was old Nick and there was Nick, Jr.
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Alternate Versions

This film was also edited down to make two short subjects under the titles "Horn Hero" and "Where to Now?" See more »

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Referenced in Up in Smoke (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet Home
(uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played on trombones by Stan Laurel and Eddie Conrad
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Horns To The Right Of Me!! Horns To The Left Of Me!!! Worthy Hal Roach Swan Song For The Boys!!!!
22 August 2011 | by yelsnebynotSee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this film very much! The first time I saw it was on the Global Television Network in Canada when I was 12 years old back in 1976. They showed Laurel and Hardy features on Thursday nights that summer, and I got to see quite a few of their Hal Roach features, though sadly, I managed to miss "Sons Of The Desert" and would not get to see that wonderful film until about 1983.

Anyway, "Saps At Sea" is a Laurel & Hardy film that I have come to appreciate more as the years go by. I think that it really nicely sums up the friendship that the characters Stan & Ollie had with one another. They always stuck together through thick and thin (no pun intended!), and that dynamic is definitely evident here.

Sadly, this film was to be the swan song for both Ben Turpin (who appears briefly in a hilarious cameo as a cross-eyed plumber); and Harry Bernard, who does a memorable turn as a Harbor Patrolman. Harry would succumb to lung cancer in November, 1940 at age 62; and Ben Turpin would die on July 1st of that same year from heart disease at age 70.

Rychard Cramer as the antagonist Nick Grainger manages to be both menacing and hilarious at the same time! I was surprised to find out that five years earlier, he had appeared in a short titled "Dizzy & Daffy" (obviously about the famous Dean Brothers!). Kind of funny, considering he dubbed Stan & Ollie as Dizzy & Dopey!

I definitely agree with other reviewers who have stated that one's first Laurel and Hardy experience probably shouldn't be one of their latter day 20th Century Fox/MGM films, though some of those aren't all that bad for passing the time. Definitely avoid Utopia/Atoll K/Robinson Crusoeland (Yes, this movie has three titles!). Just the fact that Stan Laurel was so obviously appallingly ill, alone should be enough incentive to avoid this as your first Laurel and Hardy encounter. It will likely be your last!

Sorry I'm getting so off topic here. "Saps At Sea," in my opinion, is in many ways, the last true Laurel and Hardy film, and is certainly a worthy introduction for would be L&H fans!! (Mine was "Blockheads," another fine film).


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