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Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Passed | | Comedy | April 1943 (USA)
Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

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Dan Madison (as Horace McNally)
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Millicent Norton
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Eustace Middling
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Rittenhause
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J.P. Norton
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Capt. Biddle
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Charlie Beaugart (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
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Herman (as Phil Van Zandt)
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Otto (as Frederic Worlock)
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Turned down when they try to enlist, the boys do the next best thing and become air raid wardens. They uncover and foil a Nazi plot to sabotage a magnesium plant. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Supposedly, Civil Defense representatives were present as "advisors" during the filming to ensure none of the gags in the movie would cast a negative light on the efficiency of their organization. See more »

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Narrator: Well, we caught up to them at last.
[Outside the Laurel & Hardy Bicycles Inc., Ltd. store front]
Narrator: Funny, locking up in the middle of the day.
[Sign on door reads: Store Closed - Gone To Fight The Japs. Ollie crosses out "Fight" and writes "Lick"]
Narrator: First volunteers out of Huxton - going off to the city to enlist. And they won't take no for an answer. Take a look at them Uncle Sam. What do you think?
Uncle Sam: No!
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Pretty bad - but still one of the better post-Roach films
24 December 2001 | by (Neunkirchen, Germany) – See all my reviews

In 1940, L&H quit Hal Roach after twelve years of partnership that yielded some of the finest comedies ever made. Their departure for 20th Century Fox was meant to be a step towards more creative control and freedom in the process of making films; alas, the opposite was the case. Their first two films under the new production company showed that L&H should, by Fox's definition, appear in front of the cameras and leave cutting, directing etc. to the professionals. Consequently, these two films were pale shadows of their great Roach-produced companions. Desperately, L&H sought a newer rainbow at MGM but were to be disappointed again. Even the best scenes in this film, "Air Raid Wardens", like two tit-for-tat sequences with their old colleague Edgar "Slowburn" Kennedy, lacked the spontaneous and improvised look of similar scenes´in, say, "Bacon Grabbers". Likewise, other slapstick moments in ARW like a poster-hanging bit have a rather mechanical look and are destroyed by poor editing. Yes, Stan's creative genius was sadly missing behind the camera.

Furthermore, the whole patriotic atmosphere of the plot doesn't fit L&H's style one bit.

And still this excuse for a comedy, although far, far from features like "Way Out West" or "Sons Of The Desert", emerges as one of the better post-Roach films after all; firstly, in contrast to most of the other later films, the romantic subplot is pretty much in the background and Stan & Ollie remain the main attraction. Secondly, there are at least a few scenes which REMIND you of L&H's better days; there are no such scenes to be found in "A-Haunting We Will Go" or "Nothing But Trouble", for example.

So "Air Raid Wardens" is hardly a pain to sit through but is so vastly inferior to their Roach films that you regret once more that they left him for good in 1940.


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