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Pardon Us (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  15 August 1931 (USA)
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It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth keeps getting him in trouble, because it ... See full summary »

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The Tiger
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Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)
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Storyline

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth keeps getting him in trouble, because it sounds like he's giving everybody a rasp- berry. But it earns him the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Mr. Hardy is a man of wonderful ideas -- so is Mr. Laurel -- as long as he doesn't try to think. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

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15 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's first feature-length film. Producer Hal Roach had wanted to use some of the sets left over from MGM's big-budget prison picture The Big House (1930) to do a prison-movie spoof, but discovered that it would be too expensive to make as a short subject. See more »

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The boom mic, the lighting and the cameras are reflected on the warden's car as Stan and Ollie are fixing it. See more »

Quotes

Schoolteacher: How many times does three go into nine?
Stanley: ...Three times.
Schoolteacher: Correct.
Stanley: And two left over.
Schoolteacher: [nods; Ollie begins to giggle] What are you laughing at?
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Schoolteacher: D'oh!
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References Our Gang (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Lazy Moon
(1903) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Bob Cole and Rosamond Johnson
Performed by Oliver Hardy and the Hall Johnson Choir
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Their first full-length feature is one to remember!
15 February 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This was the first full-length movie from Laurel & Hardy, that last over 1 hour long. Their first effort is definitely one of their better ones.

Difference with most other Laurel & Hardy movies is that this one actually has a story and continuity in it. It's more than just one slapstick and comical moment after another and it's obvious that they definitely put lots of effort in the story. The movie is constantly funny although the movie could had done without those musical numbers in my opinion. It's extremely old fashioned and takes the pace right out of the movie.

Besides the two boys the movie also has some other memorable characters in it such as Wilfred Lucas as the jail warden, James Finlayson as the jail schoolteacher and Walter Long as fellow prisoner The Tiger. Especially Walter Long stands out in his role and he plays an extremely fun character who of course gives the two an hard time.

The movie is very fine constructed and build up to the memorable ending in which one big jail break is attempted. It's pretty violent stuff for Laurel & Hardy standards and I had never thought that I would ever see the two of them holding a gun. The ending is almost action movie like but it of course is also extremely hilarious at the same time.

There are quite some returning running gags in the movie that all help to make this movie a very memorable one. Also enough slapstick humor is present so fans of that will also be delighted with this movie.

9/10

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