On the west coast of Jutland lives old Maren (Petrine Sonne) and her adopted son Birger (Erling Schroeder), who is in love with the beach-warden's daughter Karin (Karin Nellemose), but her father is dead set against marriage. Tom allows two kind tramps, Pat and Patachon (Carl Schenstrøm and Harald Madsen) to build a hut on the beach. The two go fishing, but lose their boat when they hook a whale. During a storm, their hut blows away, and the captain of a stranded ship reveals that Tom is the son of a wealthy English couple. Pat and Patachon manage to get them reunited and also discover that the ghosts haunting the area are really a gang of smugglers led by Birger's villainous rival.
One of the pair's biggest successes, containing all the characteristic elements of their films: the two lovable tramps, the young lovers they help, and the bevy of beautiful "Lau-girls" (inspired by Sennett's Bathing Beauties, but here dressed in non-daring national costume). Tempo and farce are less important than a sweet and charming atmosphere, even if the film also contains a dance scene which is one of the funniest things Pat and Patachon ever did. The Pat and Patachon films were also characteristically shot in picturesque Danish countryside locations. In fact, they were the only Danish films to make any real use of the Danish landscape; the resolutely urban or foreign background of most Danish films sets them apart from those made in the other Nordic countries, where national and rural themes predominated.
Vid Västerhavets vågor, People of the North Sea, Pat und Patachon am Nordseestrand