Why Girls Love Sailors

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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.


Anita Garvin
as Captain's Wife
Oliver Hardy
as Second Mate
Stan Laurel
as Willie Smelt
Malcolm Waite
as Sea Captain

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