Saps at Sea (1940)

57 mins | Comedy | 3 May 1940

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Cinematographer:

Art Lloyd

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Two's Company , Jitterbugs and Crackpots . Saps at Sea was Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's last film for Hal Roach, and also the last film of comedian Ben Turpin, who died of heart disease on 1 Jul 1940. According to modern sources, the film was shot in sequence. It was partially shot on location at the San Pedro Harbor in CA. Modern sources list the following additional crew credits: Prod mgr S. S. Van Keuren ; Sd Elmer Raguse; and Props Bob Saunders. Modern source also complete the character names of Patsy O'Byrne ( Mother ) and Mary Gordon ( Mrs. O'Riley ) and add the following actors to the cast: Constantine Romanoff and Sam Lufkin ( Workmen ); and Narcissus, the goat. For more information about Laurel and Hardy's career together, please See Entry for Pardon Us ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Two's Company , Jitterbugs and Crackpots . Saps at Sea was Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's last film for Hal Roach, and also the last film of comedian Ben Turpin, who died of heart disease on 1 Jul 1940. According to modern sources, the film was shot in sequence. It was partially shot on location at the San Pedro Harbor in CA. Modern sources list the following additional crew credits: Prod mgr S. S. Van Keuren ; Sd Elmer Raguse; and Props Bob Saunders. Modern source also complete the character names of Patsy O'Byrne ( Mother ) and Mary Gordon ( Mrs. O'Riley ) and add the following actors to the cast: Constantine Romanoff and Sam Lufkin ( Workmen ); and Narcissus, the goat. For more information about Laurel and Hardy's career together, please See Entry for Pardon Us . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 May 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 40
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
3 May 40
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Dec 39
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
4 May 40
p. 41.
New York Times
29 Apr 40
p. 12.
Variety
1 May 40
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2nd asst dir
PRODUCER
Pres
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Wardrobe supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Casting dir
Goat trainer
Seagull trainer
Tech adv on boats
STAND INS
Stand-in for Oliver Hardy
Stand-in for James Finlayson
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Crackpots
Two's Company
Jitterbugs
Release Date:
3 May 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 29 April 1940
Production Date:
23 October--24 November 1939
inserts on 6 December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9591
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5914
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While working at the Sharp and Pierce horn manufacturing company, Ollie develops a rare disease of the nervous system known as hornophobia. Ollie's case is so acute that it borders on hornomania, and as a result, whenever he hears a horn blow, he is imbued with a sense of superhuman strength. After examining Ollie, Dr. Finlayson prescribes a sea voyage and goats' milk, but the boys reject the idea and decide to compromise by buying a goat and renting a small boat, which they intend to leave tied to the dock. After they settle in for their first night at sea, their plans go awry when Nick Grainger, an escaped murderer and spy, stows away on board, and the goat eats the rope anchoring the boat to the dock, setting the craft adrift. Upon awakening the next morning, Stan and Ollie find themselves adrift in the middle of the ocean and at the mercy of a murderer. Knowing that the sound of a horn will turn Ollie into a strongman, Stan plays his trombone and Ollie subdues Grainger to Stan's accompaniment. The harbor patrol then comes to the rescue and arrests Grainger, but as Stan demonstrates how Ollie accomplished his miraculous feat, Ollie goes wild at the sound of the horn and the boys are led ashore in ... +


While working at the Sharp and Pierce horn manufacturing company, Ollie develops a rare disease of the nervous system known as hornophobia. Ollie's case is so acute that it borders on hornomania, and as a result, whenever he hears a horn blow, he is imbued with a sense of superhuman strength. After examining Ollie, Dr. Finlayson prescribes a sea voyage and goats' milk, but the boys reject the idea and decide to compromise by buying a goat and renting a small boat, which they intend to leave tied to the dock. After they settle in for their first night at sea, their plans go awry when Nick Grainger, an escaped murderer and spy, stows away on board, and the goat eats the rope anchoring the boat to the dock, setting the craft adrift. Upon awakening the next morning, Stan and Ollie find themselves adrift in the middle of the ocean and at the mercy of a murderer. Knowing that the sound of a horn will turn Ollie into a strongman, Stan plays his trombone and Ollie subdues Grainger to Stan's accompaniment. The harbor patrol then comes to the rescue and arrests Grainger, but as Stan demonstrates how Ollie accomplished his miraculous feat, Ollie goes wild at the sound of the horn and the boys are led ashore in chains. +

GENRE
Genre:


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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