Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 21 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy both appear in this two-reel short, it's not a Laurel and Hardy film in the true sense of the term. The boys were still a few films away from officially becoming a team. This comedy is primarily Stan's film. As fisherman Willie Brisling, he is engaged to pretty Nelly (Viola Richard), who is kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, a sea captain (Malcolm Waite). Willie chases after them and is able to sneak on board by disguising himself as a woman. Dressed in drag, he knocks the crew out cold, including the mate (Hardy). While he heads for the captain's quarters, the mate wakes up and grabs a woman's leg -- it belongs to the captain's wife (Anita Garvin). She storms into the captain's cabin to find him with a woman (who, of course, is Willie). Willie manages to rescue Nelly and they dash off while a gunshot infers that the jealous wife has shot the captain. This film was thought lost until a French copy emerged in 1985. While it has its moments, it is not one of Laurel or Hardy's finest moments.