On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver get a phone call from a fellow lodge member who tells them a surprise stag party in ... See full summary »
James W. Horne,
Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing ... See full summary »
Door-to-door greeting card salesmen Stanley and Oliver call upon Mrs. Pierre Gustave, a woman distraught over her husband's neglect. They agree to her plan to reclaim her husband's ... See full summary »
Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie give evidence which convicts vicious gangster Butch. They plan to leave town and advertise for a traveling companion to share expenses. Butch's girl replies to the advert and... See full summary »
Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »
Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, ... See full summary »
Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains ('the high multitude') so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample ... See full summary »
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
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names): [error] (Boy), Jack Gardner (Johnson), Milton Kibbee (Lem) and Rose Hobart (Norton's Secretary). See more »
[inside the open car trunk]
This is a job for the detectives.
Maybe we should turn 'em over to the FHA.
[they get out of the car trunk.]
This must be the hide-in.
Hide-out! Come on.
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It's WWII and the boys are attempting to do their bit to help "Uncle Sam". That's an OK premise and could be very funny without being just yet another propaganda piece for the time. Yes, this film ends up being just that and a pretty bad one too. As already mentioned by others who have written about this comedic travesty, it's not at all a typical L&H film and certainly lacks all or at least most of the qualities that you'd find in one of their Roach shorts/features. Joining the army to fight the enemy and protect the country is not a basis for propaganda necessarily. L&H did just that in their 1932 "Pack Up Your Troubles" and did it with great aplomb and comedic effect. There are lots of laughs and gags and situations in that version of "fighitng for one's country" as compared to this dullard of a film. Many of the gags in the earlier one had been done in the silent days and were reworked for L&H but it still comes off. In "Air Raid Wardens", too many times does someone step in to prevent what is logically about to happen and thereby kills off the joke or gag. Not how to make a comedy. Remember 20th Century Fox specialized in musicals and light fluff and certainly not serious comedy so it's no wonder that this film just does not get there as far as laughs go. However, as usually is the case, L&H had contractual obligations so they virtually had to "perform" whatever mess was handed to them. Also being a mega studio as compared to their original "lot of fun", Raoch Studios, L&H were just two more employees and it shows here as to how they're treated. Totally miss-able film.
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