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Release Date:
15 August 1931 (USA) See more »
The world has been waiting for THEIR FIRST FULL LENGTH TALKING PICTURE See more »
It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Mr. Stanley Laurel

Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Norval Hardy

June Marlowe ... Warden's Daughter
Wilfred Lucas ... Warden
James Finlayson ... Schoolteacher
Walter Long ... The Tiger
Tiny Sandford ... Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Prisoner with Sore Tooth (uncredited)
Charles A. Bachman ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Plantation Boss (uncredited)
Belle ... Bloodhound (uncredited)
Harry Bernard ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Bobby Burns ... Dental Patient (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Gordon Douglas ... Typist (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
The Etude Ethiopian Chorus ... Cotton Pickers (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Dentist (uncredited)
Dick Gilbert ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Dental Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Herrick ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Prison Guard in Classroom (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Prisoner - Tiger's Pal (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Prisoner Who Can't Add (uncredited)
George Miller ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
James Parrott ... Marching Prisoner Next to Hardy (uncredited)

Hal Roach ... Marching Prisoner in Front of Hardy (uncredited)
Charley Rogers ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
Harry Thomas ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Guido Trento ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Insurgent Convict (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... Prisoner - Tiger's Pal (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Parrott 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue by)

Stan Laurel  uncredited

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leroy Shield (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack Stevens (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (edited by) (as Richard Currier)
Art Department
Frank Durlauf .... set designer (uncredited)
Cedric Gibbons .... art director: main set only (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... recording engineer
Ralph Butler .... location sound recordist (uncredited)
John Harrison .... location sound recordist (uncredited)
John Whitaker .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Joe Mole .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Will Marion Cook .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis De Francesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
M. Ewing .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marvin Hatley .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Edward Kilenyi .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur J. Lamb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Abe Olman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
H.W. Petrie .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Freita Shaw .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leroy Shield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frederic Van Norman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
L.A. French .... purchasing agent (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
56 min | USA:65 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: The boom mic, the lighting and the cameras are reflected on the warden's car as Stan and Ollie are fixing it.See more »
Schoolteacher:How many times does three go into nine?
Stanley:...Three times.
Stanley:And two left over.
Schoolteacher:[nods; Ollie begins to giggle] What are you laughing at?
Oliver:There's only one left over.
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Movie Connections:
References Our Gang (1922)See more »
Lazy MoonSee more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Comedy On The Lam, 21 June 2003
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

In & out of prison, Stan & Ollie just can't seem to stay out of trouble.

"PARDON US" was the Boys' first starring feature film. Rather disjointed and poorly edited, it plays more like a few of their short subjects strung together. However, the Boys never falter and they deliver a film whose parts are greater than its whole.

The film was meant to be a spoof of MGM's popular THE BIG HOUSE (1930) and it helps to have seen that earlier movie to fully appreciate this one. Many of the standard conventions of the typical prison film are mocked here: the ‘understanding' warden, the dangerous convict cell mate, the confinement in Solitary, the escape chased by bloodhounds, the prison riot.

A few comedy pieces in particular stand out: Stan's loose tooth; Ollie in the dentist's chair; the Boys trying to settle into the constricted confines of an upper bunk. James Finlayson, Stan & Ollie's old nemesis, makes the most of his one scene as the prison schoolteacher driven to despair by the Boys' good-natured idiocy.

Walter Long is lots of fun as the Tiger, the meanest convict in the prison (Boris Karloff played the part for the French language version). Movie mavens will spot an uncredited Charlie Hall as the dental assistant.

An added delight is Babe Hardy's rendition of ‘Lazy Moon,' one of the decade's finest film songs. Ollie had a warm, evocative voice, full of feeling and emotion. Here, backed by the magnificent Hall Johnson Choir, his song reaches out of the screen and down the decades to touch the hearts of the audience.

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