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Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 17 July 1927 (USA)
The Merry Maiden's tough captain sets his sights on the love-smitten Willie Brisling's charming fiancée and kidnaps her. Now, she is a prisoner of love. Will the adulterous sea captain get away with cheating?

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Hal Roach, H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Willie Brisling
Oliver Hardy ... First Mate
Viola Richard Viola Richard ... Willie's Girl
Anita Garvin Anita Garvin ... Captain's Wife
Malcolm Waite Malcolm Waite ... Sea Captain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles R. Althoff Charles R. Althoff ... Grandpa Brisling (scenes deleted)
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Moneylender (scenes deleted) (as Sôjin)
Eric Mayne ... The Admiral (scenes deleted)
Anna May Wong ... Delamar (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat as the captain's wife fires off a parting shot. Written by Tom Althoff <tomk2ta@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giati ta Koritsia Agapoun tous Naftikous; See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was considered a lost film until 1971 when it was rediscovered in France. See more »

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All through the film Ollie has a good growth of stubble until Anita Garvin climbs on board then he's suddenly clean shaven. See more »

Quotes

Willie Brisling: The wretch! He told me he was practically single!
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Laurel and Hardy ahoy
3 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were comedic geniuses, individually and together, and their partnership was deservedly iconic and one of the best there was. They left behind a large body of work, a vast majority of it being entertaining to classic comedy, at their best they were hilarious and their best efforts were great examples of how to do comedy without being juvenile or distasteful.

'Why Girls Love Sailors' is nowhere near classic Laurel and Hardy, later films, short and feature, had stronger chemistry when fully formed and used their considerable talents better. At this point, Laurel was much funnier and more interesting while Hardy in especially the previous two outings of theirs had too little to do. 'Why Girls Love Sailors' is still worth watching though and is an improvement on the previous two short films, along with 'Duck Soup' it was Laurel and Hardy's best up to this point.

Personally would have liked more sly wit, more scenes with Laurel and Hardy together and Hardy having more screen time.

The story is a bit busy at times and both slight and formulaic.

Laurel however is very funny, and sometimes hilarious, like as was said for their previous outing 'Love Em and Weep', 'Why Girls Love Sailors' is worth seeing for him alone. Anita Garvin is up to his level too. Despite saying above about Hardy's screen time being too short he is at least not wasted, and he does give one of his funniest and most interesting appearances of his pairings with Laurel up to this point. There is not enough of him and Laurel together and one can see glimpses.

A good deal of the humour is well timed, hugely energetic and very funny, with everything going at a lively pace, and there is a lot of charm and good nature to keep one going. 'Why Girls Love Sailors' looks quite good as well.

To conclude, decent. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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