Sunday, September 8, 2013

Berth Marks (1929)

Director: Lewis R. Foster

Writer: Leo McCarey

Composer: (stock music) Milton Ager, William Axt, Jack Yellen

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Sammy Brooks, Baldwin Cooke, Paulette Goddard, Charlie Hall, Pat Harmon, S. D. Wilcox

More info: IMDb

Plot: Big-time (so they think) vaudeville stars Stanley and Oliver take the train to Pottsville, their next booking. On board, they bumble into the wrong sleeping compartment, startling a semi-dressed woman. Her irate husband mistakes another passenger for the intruder and starts a coat-ripping free- for-all. The boys spend the rest of the trip trying to squeeze themselves into their cramped single upper berth.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably.

While it's not a laugh-fest, it has its moments.  The jacket ripping and its evolution is pretty funny but there's little to laugh at in the extended scene once the Boys are in the bunk.  I did laugh at the image of Laurel standing on Oliver's back getting into the bunk.  The pre and post train bits are good, too.

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