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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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Edgar Kennedy ...
Joe Bledsoe
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Peggy Parker
Stephen McNally ...
Dan Madison (as Horace McNally)
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Millicent Norton
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Eustace Middling
Henry O'Neill ...
Rittenhause
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J.P. Norton
Paul Stanton ...
Capt. Biddle
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Charlie Beaugart (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
William Tannen ...
Joseph
Russell Hicks ...
Major Scanlon
Philip Van Zandt ...
Herman (as Phil Van Zandt)
Frederick Worlock ...
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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70 Minutes Of Happiness and Hi-Jinks!

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Comedy

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April 1943 (USA)  »

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Bombenkerle  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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Take Cover! Not typical L&H comedy.
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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