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Release Date:
15 August 1931 (USA) See more »
Their jail break is a riot! It will give you the time of your life. (Newspaper ad). See more »
Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Plot and structure wise it is light but it produces plenty of memorable and hilarious scenes See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel

Oliver Hardy ... Oliver 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)

Chester 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)
Laughing Gravy ... Dog (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)

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)
Casting by
Jack Roach (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Durlauf .... set designer (uncredited)
Cedric Gibbons .... art director: main set only (uncredited)
Sound Department
S.C. Baden .... sound mixer
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Jailbirds" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (dubbed version)
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56 min | 70 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording) | Mono
Australia:G | Finland:S | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Director Cameo: [James Parrott]Marching next to Oliver Hardy after his recapture.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 »
Oliver:Haven't we had bad luck enough without you spilling the salt. Make a wish and throw some over your left shoulder.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Veep: Helsinki (#2.5)" (2013)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Plot and structure wise it is light but it produces plenty of memorable and hilarious scenes, 23 October 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Laurel and Hardy are shopping for ingredients for their next get rich scheme – making and selling liquor during prohibition. Of course when Laurel sells a bottle of beer to a policeman, there is only ever going to be one outcome and the two finds themselves on the way to the big house. Locked up with a mean spirited collection of fellas, Stan and Oliver take their chance to escape and find themselves wanted men on the run.

Having just watched the very structured "Our Relations" it was noticeable when I stepped back into the much looser Pardon Us. The basic plot is no more than a nail on which to hang a series of comic scenarios and, as such, it works because it is pretty funny for the majority. The story is pretty weak but it does allow for a solid spoof of jail clichés as well as a pretty un-PC but funny scene where the boys try to pass themselves off as cotton pickers. Despite not having this flow to it, the film does have a couple of good stand out scenes that will please everyone with their typical silliness and mix of looks and double-takes.

Laurel and Hardy are both on form and are served to their strengths well. Finlayson is wonderful in a great classroom scene and he got the biggest laughs from me with a master class in slow burns and double takes. Long is enjoyably tough as The Tiger while Lucas is a good warden. The support cast are roundly good even if they are mainly there to carry the scenes rather than the comedy. The musical numbers are obvious but still good – with Hardy getting a good chance to show off his baritone talents.

Overall a thinly plotted affair but one that delivers quite a few memorable and hilarious scenes, connected with generally amusing moments.

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