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Saps at Sea Details


In their last film for [[Performer~P108409~Hal Roach~halroachjr]], [[Performer~P98871~Stan Laurel~stanlaurel]] and [[Performer~P30384~Oliver Hardy~oliverhardy]] 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 [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] 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, [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] is told by his doctor ([[Performer~P23517~James Finlayson~jamesfinlayson]]) that he is suffering from Hornophobia: "In fact, you're on the verge of Hornomania." Advised to take a restful ocean voyage, [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] nixes the idea, noting that he hates the high sea. [[Performer~P98871~Stan~stanlaurel]] suggests that the two of them rent a small boat and keep it tied up on the dock, so that [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] can get all the fresh sea air he wants without ever leaving port. Alas, the boys' tiny boat is accidentally set adrift, with [[Performer~P98871~Stan~stanlaurel]], [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] and escaped killer Nick Grainger ([[Performer~P15585~Rychard Cramer~rychardcramer]]) 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 [[Performer~P98871~Stan~stanlaurel]] and [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] to eat the ersatz meal themselves. The boys are finally saved from Nick's wrath when [[Performer~P98871~Stan~stanlaurel]] remembers that the sound of trombone will transform [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]] into a fighting demon, but don't count on a completely happy ending when [[Performer~P98871~Laurel~stanlaurel]] & [[Performer~P30384~Hardy~oliverhardy]] are involved. Cowritten by former comedy great [[Performer~P98694~Harry Langdon~harrylangdon]], 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 [[Performer~P30384~Ollie~oliverhardy]]'s apartment, where the plumbing and electrical appliances have been bollixed up by cross-eyed janitor [[Performer~P72206~Ben Turpin~benturpin]]. Though hardly a classic, Saps at Sea earned [[Performer~P98871~Laurel~stanlaurel]] & [[Performer~P30384~Hardy~oliverhardy]] 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
Eddie Borden
as Berserk employee
Walter Lawrence
as Pedestrian
Gene Morgan
Bob McKenzie
as Capt. McKenzie
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Sharp
Patsy O'Byrne
as Mother
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. O'Riley
Sam Lufkin
Ed Brady
as Extra
Harry Evans
Constantine Romanoff
Charlie Hall
as Desk clerk
Eddie Conrad
as Professor O'Brien
Bud Geary
Cornelius Keefe


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