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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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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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J.P. Norton: Madison, you've got to get rid of those misfits!
Dan Madison: I just talked to them, Mr. Norton. They're awfully broken up about this. I'm sure it was an accident.
J.P. Norton: They are both accidents!
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Hardly Vintage But Better Than Great Guns!
25 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Yes, this is pretty anemic L & H, but as their '40s films go, I put it third behind THE BULLFIGHTERS and JITTERBUGS as their most tolerable (the fourth, THE BIG NOISE, has one of the best L & H fadeouts ever, but that's another entry).

Anyway, AIR WARDENS manages to eke out some effective comedic bits, especially some unexpectedly impressive pratfalls from an aging Laurel. The war time trappings can get tiresome, but at least there's neat payoff with one sight gag near the end. Edgar Kennedy is a big plus in this film, and though its flaws are many (why no background music?),it's hardly a catastrophe. That's a backhanded compliment, but I think accurate enough!


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