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Berth Marks (1929)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 1 June 1929 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis R. Foster

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
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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. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy told Mr. Laurel to meet him at the Southern Pacific Station Wednesday morning -- So Mr. Laurel went to the Santa Fe on Thursday afternoon.

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Short | Comedy

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Trivia

Paulette Goddard's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Stan and Ollie fall out of bed for the third time, Ollie says, "I wish I'd checked you with the baggage," his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Where's the fiddle?
[Stan looks around, checks his pockets, smiles, and points to the train that just left the station]
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Alternate Versions

Reissued in 1936 with a new musical score, including the "Cuckoo" song by Marvin Hatley over the main credits, as well as a 1932 version of the song played by the Van Phillips Orchestra over the first scene at the depot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Noise (1944) See more »

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A slightly disappointing early talkie.

Laurel and Hardy play musicians who need to board a train as they are on tour for a so- called big vaudeville act. After losing all of their music and one instrument, Stan and Ollie attempt to settle in their overnight sleeping compartment. They don't achieve this without causing the other passengers to tear each other's clothing first. I found "Berth Marks" to be disappointing. There weren't enough gags and the story wasn't as interesting as it could have been. However, such disappointments from Laurel and Hardy's best period are few and far between.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berth Marks See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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