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In their last film for Hal Roach, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play employees at the Sharp and Pierce Horn Factory, where the workers tend to go beserk at a rate of one per hour. Driven crazy by the cacophonous G-minor horn, poor Ollie begins to tear the factory apart, screaming "Horns to the left of me! Horns to the right of me! Horns, horns, HORNS!" Sent home to recuperate from his nervous breakdown, Ollie is told by his doctor (James Finlayson) that he is suffering from Hornophobia: "In fact, you're on the verge of Hornomania." Advised to take a restful ocean voyage, Ollie nixes the idea, noting that he hates the high sea. Stan suggests that the two of them rent a small boat and keep it tied up on the dock, so that Ollie can get all the fresh sea air he wants without ever leaving port. Alas, the boys' tiny boat is accidentally set adrift, with Stan, Ollie and escaped killer Nick Grainger (Rychard Cramer) on board. Ordered to prepare breakfast for the ill-tempered Nick, the boys hope to subdue their captor by making him a "synthetic meal": String for spaghetti, soap for cheese, sponge for meatball, lampwick for bacon, and so on. Unfortunately, Nick catches on to their scheme and forces Stan and Ollie to eat the ersatz meal themselves. The boys are finally saved from Nick's wrath when Stan remembers that the sound of trombone will transform Ollie into a fighting demon, but don't count on a completely happy ending when Laurel & Hardy are involved. Cowritten by former comedy great Harry Langdon, Saps at Sea looks more like two or three 2-reelers strung together than a coherent feature film; still, it contains some great gags, most of them taking place in Ollie's apartment, where the plumbing and electrical appliances have been bollixed up by cross-eyed janitor Ben Turpin. Though hardly a classic, Saps at Sea earned Laurel & Hardy some of their best-ever reviews, and would turn out to be their last totally worthwhile feature film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Oliver Hardy
as Oliver Hardy
Stan Laurel
as Stanley
James Finlayson
as Dr. J.H. Finlayson
Ben Turpin
as Cross-eyed Plumber
Ed Brady
as Extra
Harry Evans
Sam Lufkin
Constantine Romanoff
Patsy O'Byrne
as Mother
Eddie Borden
as Berserk employee
Walter Lawrence
as Pedestrian
Charlie Hall
as Desk clerk
Eddie Conrad
as Professor O'Brien
Bud Geary
Bob McKenzie
as Capt. McKenzie
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Sharp
Cornelius Keefe
Gene Morgan
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. O'Riley


Hal Roach
Charles Rogers
Harry Langdon
Felix Adler
Art Lloyd
Marvin Hatley
Composer (Music Score)
William H. Ziegler
Charles Hall
Art Director
Roy Seawright
Special Effects