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Night Owls (1930)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy  -  4 January 1930 (USA)
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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 »



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


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 <>

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4 January 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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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 »


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


Stanley: Ssssshhhh!
Oliver: Don't shush me!
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Alternate-language version of Ladrones (1930) See more »

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11 August 2009 | by ( – See all my reviews

Stan and Ollie came up against Edgar Kennedy a few times in their career - and he's as incompetent and clumsy as them in this fair-to middling short. Kennedy plays a cop under pressure to perform by his boss after 42 unsolved burglaries take place on his patch. Stumbling across a couple of bums (guess who) sleeping on a park bench one night, he persuades them to burgle his boss's house so that he can nab them and get into the boss's good books. Exactly how he persuades them is something of a mystery, but there you have it - this is a Laurel & Hardy comedy after all...

Naturally, Stan and Ollie prove to be the world's worst burglars. In their attempts to keep quiet they manage to smash a greenhouse and set fire to the curtains in between smacking each other with their bowlers. James Finlayson is the police chief's manservant in this one, although he and the boys don't really share a scene as such. The film ends fairly suddenly, with Stan, his backside jammed into a dustbin, scurrying away like a demented crab. Poor Ollie has never looked more consistently exasperated than he does in this one.

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