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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)

Did You Know?

Several scenes were shot but deleted from the final theatrical print, which ran 56 minutes. The first ending showed the boys in gray-bearded old age reminiscing about their misadventures.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 »
Stanley:[they are wearing blackface] Oliver, er, Sambo!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Veep: Helsinki (#2.5)" (2013)See more »
Lazy MoonSee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Boys In The Big House, 4 March 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

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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