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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 »
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 ... 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)
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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56 min | USA:65 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)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Hal Roach]Marching in front of Oliver Hardy after his recapture.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Prison Guard:Clowning, eh?See more »
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Lazy MoonSee more »


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Bronx Cheer in the Big House, 4 August 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Laurel And Hardy made their first starring feature film for Hal Roach with Pardon Us. It's a prison picture, but this correctional facility will never be the same now that Stan and Ollie have served time there.

They were not very good as bootleggers selling some of their illegal stock to an undercover policeman and got sent to the big house. Where Stan makes an inexplicable friend in the toughest con in the joint Walter Long. Ollie is not so similarly fortunate, but Long tolerates him as long as he's with Stan.

Stan has an additional problem. A loose tooth has him make the noises of a Bronx Cheer at the most inopportune moment.

This film has a large black cast of extras because part of the plot involves the boys escaping and eluding their captors while in blackface pretending to be field hands. Unlike a lot of films the black people here are portrayed with dignity. The sequences show the singing talents of Ollie and Stan does a nice patter with a dance. Since the blackface is integral to the plot I've not heard any objections raised to it here.

It was a good beginning for Stan and Ollie in sound feature films.

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