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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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Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)
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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 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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(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

During the breakout Ollie winds up with a Tommy gun - even though he was under suspicion by the "Tiger" and shouldn't have even been close to a weapon. If you look at the gun it has a telescopic sight on it, something a sub machine gun would have never had, owing to the high rate of fire and the propensity of the weapon to "climb" while being fired. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [Stan and Ollie are wearing blackface] They'll never recognize us in a 100 years. For once in your life you've hit up on a good idea.
Stanley: A practical idea.
Oliver: What about the tooth? The buzzer.
Stanley: Oh, I fixed that too. I vulcanized it.
Oliver: You what?
Stanley: I vulcanized it. I put some chewing gum in there and it don't buzz any more.
Oliver: You're actually using your brain. That's what comes from associating with me.
Stanley: What do you mean associa-
Oliver: Tut tut tut tut.
Stanley: Tut tut tut tut?
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Sous les verrous (1931) See more »

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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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The Boys In The Big House
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being the lads first full length feature it's not surprising that much of it feels like filler, certainly the jokes are not quick fire and the culminating outcome doesn't quite leave the viewer fully satisfied. However it should be noted that Laurel & Hardy's average output is still better than most other duos who would follow in their slipstream, and Pardon Us does have those moments that ooze comedy class. Witness both Stan & Ollie trying to control a machine gun with typical riotous results, enjoy Stanley's tooth problem that becomes a running gag, and of course enjoy Oliver's incredulous looks at the camera. It's solid if unspectacular, but certainly worth a watch now and then, 6/10.

Footnote: Other user comments allude to certain aspects being un PC for the modern age, who cares is what I say, this is after all Laurel & Hardy in the 30s, it worked then and really it still works now, harmless and enjoyable fun.


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