MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,069 this week

Night Owls (1930)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  4 January 1930 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 709 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 2 critic

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 405 titles
created 01 Jul 2011
 
a list of 20 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
a list of 1624 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1964 titles
created 26 May 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Night Owls (1930)

Night Owls (1930) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Night Owls.
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Officer Kennedy
James Finlayson ...
Meadows
Anders Randolf ...
Police Chief
Edit

Storyline

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his reputation, in exchange for not jailing them for sleeping on park benches. Kennedy sets them to burgling the Police Chief's own house, planning to arrest them in front of his boss, and later "fixing it" for the boys. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 January 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Owls  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Spanish language version of this film, "Ladrones", became the very first talkie in Spanish ever shown in Argentina when its exhibitor, Max Glücksmann, presented it in the city of Mar del Plata in February, 1930. See more »

Goofs

James Finlayson rolls down the stairs breaking a vase at the bottom, the vase is intact a few scenes later. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: Ssssshhhh!
Oliver: Don't shush me!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Their best talky to date.
22 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Cop Edgar Kennedy is in trouble. Their have been forty-two robberies in the police chief's neighborhood and he'll be fired unless he makes an arrest. He gets an idea. Rather than run off two vagrants, Stan and Ollie, he convinces them to rob the police chief's house so he can arrest them in the process. It was a pretty good idea, if Stan and Ollie hadn't proved to be the most inept burglars in history.

"Night Owls" was the team's seventh talkie and definitely the best one to date. The concept itself is funny, and the slapstick gags are plentiful and well-performed. (My favorite bit is when the boys pretend to be cats.) Nor does it hurt that Stan and Ollie are backed up here by Edgar Kennedy and James Finlayson, two of their best foils. Stan and Ollie themselves seem very comfortable in this film. Their interplay has a smooth, naturalistic rhythm that one expects from the boys at their best.

This film isn't quite a classic, but it fine little film. The team had finally found their footing in the new medium of talking films.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Night Owls (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?