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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I tend to repeat this in all my reviews of the final eight 1940s films featuring the legendary comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, but their long-maligned tenure at 20th Century Fox and the six pictures they made for that studio were generally underrated. The real sour lemons in the batch of all these latter-day Stan and Ollie movies were the two which were made by MGM: the insufferable NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (1944) and then this one - AIR RAID WARDENS (1943).
Here, Laurel and Hardy want desperately to aid the U.S.A. by contributing to the war effort, but nobody will have them. No matter what they attempt to accomplish, they keep putting their feet in everything and turn up mostly disastrous results. At least Edgar Kennedy is present this time as a good foil for L&H, and there are some funny spots now and then, but you can tell that this picture has more of a wholesome whitewash to it and doesn't really "feel" like a Laurel and Hardy comedy. It's at least average Stan and Ollie, though; and that's more than can be said for the film which was to follow.
** out of ****
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