Men O' War

Men O' War
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Leo McCarey
H.M. Walker
Starring Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Jimmy Finlayson
Anne Cornwall
Harry Bernard
Baldwin Cooke
Gloria Greer
Charlie Hall
Cinematography Jack Roach
George Stevens
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by


DIC Entertainment (1990)
Release dates
  • June 29, 1929 (1929-06-29)
Running time
19' 47"
Country United States
Language English

Men O' War is the third sound film starring Laurel and Hardy, released on June 29, 1929.


Stan and Ollie are two sailors on leave who happen upon two attractive girls strolling through a park. The sailors invite the ladies for a soda, but soon realize that they only have enough money for three people. Ollie spends an eternity trying to explain this fact to Stan, who cannot grasp that either he or Ollie will have to forgo a soda. When they finally purchase 3 sodas, with the plan to share one between Stan and Ollie in which Stan swallows both shares, the price is twice that previously thought. Ollie gets Stan back for drinking his half of the soda by leaving him to pay the check. Realizing he doesn't have enough and that he has nothing to lose, Stan deposits a coin in a slot machine in the soda shop and ends up hitting the jackpot.

With excess money in hand, the boys rent a rowing boat with the ladies, which results in an all-out battle-royal with other boaters on the lake, with various canoes getting overturned. James Finlayson plays the person who hires out the boats and he alerts a policeman to the mayhem they are causing. Eventually all the people who have fallen into the water, clamber into Stan and Ollie's boat, which causes it to sink.


Production notes

Men O' War was written and filmed in May 1929. Most of the film was shot at Hollenbeck Park in Los Angeles, while the soda fountain scene was shot at the Hal Roach studio.[1] The song "Runnin' Wild" was featured over the opening credits for this film as well as They Go Boom.[1]

The difficulties of filming on location during the early sound era were present during the making of Men O' War. Offscreen laughing from passersby present in Hollenbeck Park during filming can be heard, and the sound quality itself suffers from echoing and background noise.[1]

This was James Finlayson's first sound film, and the one in which his trademark exclamation of "D'oh!" appeared[1] (acknowledged by Dan Castellaneta as the progenitor for Homer Simpson's similar expression of disbelief or outrage).


  1. 1 2 3 4 Skretvedt, Randy; Jordan R. Young (1996) [1987]. Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies. Beverly Hills, California: Past Times Publishing. ISBN 0-940410-29-X.

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