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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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 »
[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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