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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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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>

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Short | Comedy

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4 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Dick und Doof als Einbrecher  »

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(Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

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Trivia

When Laurel and Hardy toured British music halls in the 1950s, Laurel reworked the plot of this short into a stage sketch titled "A Spot of Trouble". 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

Oliver: [to Laurel in a bitter tone] Will you pass me the hammer, PLEASE?
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Alternate-language version of Ladrones (1930) See more »

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Two Versions
13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Night Owls (1930)

** (out of 4)

A policeman is on the down and outs with the captain so he has L&H to pretend to be robbers so that he can arrest them. The boys think the policeman will then get them off the hook but breaking into a house is harder than they thought. This is a pretty lifeless short with only a few chuckles and mostly dead jokes. The scene where the boys pretend to be cats is certainly the highlight.

Ladrones (1930)

** (out of 4)

Spanish version of Night Owls has the exact same story, although there's an added third reel, which is a different ending. Like other Spanish versions, the alternate ending here is actually a lot funnier than the American one so you've gotta wonder why it was cut. Some of the physical gags also work better here but it's still not one of the duo's best.


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