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Way Out West (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Western | 16 April 1937 (USA)
Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writers:

Jack Jevne (original story), Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Sharon Lynn ... Lola Marcel (as Sharon Lynne)
James Finlayson ... Mickey Finn
Rosina Lawrence ... Mary Roberts
Stanley Fields ... Sheriff
Vivien Oakland ... Sheriff's Wife
Don Brookins ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Art Green Art Green ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Walter Trask Walter Trask ... Member of the Singing Quartette (as The Avalon Boys)
Chill Wills ... Lead Singer of the Singing Quartette / Stan's Bass Singing (as The Avalon Boys)
Dinah Dinah ... The Mule
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Storyline

Stan and Ollie are charged with delivering the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. However they reckon without the machinations of her evil guardian Mickey Finn who is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon singer wife Lola. Written by Stephen Harrison <stephen@telos.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

They're WILDWEST OUTLAWS of Trouble and Trigger Men See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Way Out West See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (TCM print) | (BBFC)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Marvin Hatley recalled that at a studio preview of "Way Out West", producer Hal Roach seemed unusually pleased with the score for the scene in which Stan, Ollie and their mule cross a creek. "I had some 6/8 music in there, keeping in step with them, and it had a lot of eccentric orchestration in it", Hatley said. "And Mr. Roach turned to me and said, 'Cute Music! Cute Music!'" According to Hatley, those were the only words Roach ever spoke to him during the 10 years he worked at that studio. He received the first of his three Oscar nominations for the score of "Way Out West". See more »

Goofs

The slot machines at the bottom of the stairs change position before the scene in which Stan inserts a coin. See more »

Quotes

[Finn pushes the $1 key on the cash register and .10 shows up, he opens the cash register case to examine it, and .10 appears when he presses the $1 key again]
[first lines]
Mickey Finn: Hey, this thing ain't workin' right.
Bartender: It's working all right for me.
[Finn does a double take]
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Alternate Versions

There is a persistent rumour that when the film was first released it included a scene (now lost) with Laurel and Hardy at a crossroads trying to read a direction sign which the wind keeps blowing into different positions. See more »

Connections

Spoofs It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Cuckoos
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hatley
Played over the opening credits and during Stan and Ollie's first scene
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27 May 2002 | by jhnjrvSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy really don't have to DO anything to make me laugh. When they are on my screen, I howl. "West" is, in my opinion, their best film. Laurel did the cutting and he put in some sound effects that punch up the action. The spoken lines are hilarious: Stan, speaking to an imposter: "We want to know why you are not Mary Roberts!" The ridiculous dance in front of a blatantly obvious rear-projection screen is a gem. I have this movie on VHS and have run it many times. It does not get old.


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