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Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  April 1943 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Kennedy ...
Joe Bledsoe
Peggy Parker
Stephen McNally ...
Dan Madison (as Horace McNally)
Millicent Norton
Eustace Middling
Henry O'Neill ...
J.P. Norton
Paul Stanton ...
Capt. Biddle
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Charlie Beaugart (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
William Tannen ...
Russell Hicks ...
Major Scanlon
Philip Van Zandt ...
Herman (as Phil Van Zandt)
Frederick Worlock ...
Otto (as Frederic Worlock)


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 <>

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70 Minutes Of Happiness and Hi-Jinks!




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Release Date:

April 1943 (USA)  »

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Air Raid Wardens  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In 1976, Fairchild issued an MGM "Film Classic" puzzle series which included this film. The photo used for the 250-piece puzzle is obviously a publicity still (#1287) and not an actual scene, as it depicts in color Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy seated in a demolished antique car that is up against a tree. The car has no tires, only rims, although one back tire is shown lying on the ground in the rear. See more »


Oliver: [inside the open car trunk] This is a job for the detectives.
Stanley: Maybe we should turn 'em over to the FHA.
Oliver: Yeah. Shhh!
[they get out of the car trunk.]
Stanley: This must be the hide-in.
Oliver: Hide-out! Come on.
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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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Too serious for a Laurel & Hardy movie.
15 March 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is too serious for the comical Laurel & Hardy that we are so accustomed to and love so much. The movie tries to give the movie depth with as a result that Laurel and Hardy are not given enough opportunities to show their silly antics. I consider this movie to be more of a WW II movie than a comedy.

This movie is a real piece of American WW II propaganda. The boys give everything to get enlisted, so they can do their part for Uncle Sam during the war, against the Japanese. And Laurel & Hardy chasing and fighting Nazi-spies? Come on! That just doesn't feel right. The movie really is too serious for Laurel & Hardy standards. The movie tries to create a movie with a real story and even attempt to give it all some depth. But that's not what Laurel & Hardy should be about. We want to see some silly naive harmless fun. Yes, of course the movie does have its comical and slapstick moments but the combination of it with the serious undertone of the movie just doesn't feel right.

It does provide a fairly good view of how the average American town coped with the ongoing war, so from an historical point of view this movie still is an interesting one to watch.

No must-see for the Laurel & Hardy lovers but also not a completely unwatchable movie. It really does have its moments and it never gets dull. Too bad that it's brought all way too serious and because of this Laurel & Hardy are also never really given the opportunity to shine, like the way they used to.


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