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Pardon Us (1931) Poster

(1931)

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Four foreign language versions were also shot: Sous les verrous (1931) (French), Hinter Schloss und Riegel (1931) (German), Pardon Us (1931) (Italian) and Los presidiarios (1931) or "De Bote en Bote" (Spanish) . Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy spoke their lines phonetically, and many supporting roles were recast, including Boris Karloff playing "The Tiger" in the French version.
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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.
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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.
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy spent a lot of time in jail. In addition to this film, they were jailbirds in The Second 100 Years (1927), The Hoose-Gow (1929) and The Flying Deuces (1939).
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This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 3 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11) and in Los Angeles Tuesday 4 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures.
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Opening credits prologue: From 1927 to 1940. LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.

PARDON US was originally issued to theaters at a running time of 56 minutes. Drawing upon long hidden material cut from previewed versions, almost 20 minutes of footage shot for his film, but never before released, has now been restored.

The KirschGroup is therefore proud to present the expanded version of Laurel & Hardy's first starring feature film, PARDON US and takes pride in presenting this classic film for future generations.
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Hal Roach: Marching in front of Oliver Hardy after his recapture.
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James Parrott: Marching next to Oliver Hardy after his recapture.
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