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Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Passed | | Comedy | April 1943 (USA)
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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Peggy Parker
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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 ...
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Charlie Beaugart (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
William Tannen ...
Joseph
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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! See more »

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Supposedly, Civil Defense representatives were present as "advisors" during the filming to ensure none of the gags in the movie would cast a negative light on the efficiency of their organization. See more »

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Oliver: Don't worry, Mr. Norton, now. We'll have you out in a jiffy!
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Laurel and Hardy...War on the Home-Front
27 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Propaganda Piece finds Stan and Ollie doing Their Bit for Hollywood Wartime Hooey. Made during the Team's Final Years it is not one the Fan Base finds Amusing and it is mostly Dismissed or Panned, sighting Declining Health and an Uncooperative Studio.

There are a Few Moments of Levity and Slapstick, "Do we get helmets and everything?", says an elated Stan, but the Boys don't fit very well into the Plot and sometimes the Script is Downright Depressing. L&H being Framed for Drunkenness, Stan Writing His Name, and an Odd Piece of Self-Pity that comes off as Extremely Sad.

The Few Gags that Work make it Worth a Watch but don't Expect a Sharp Outing from Laurel and Hardy. It's one of those Rah-Rah Wartime Efforts that Exploit the Comedians and really does Result in a Flaccid Effort from All Involved.

Note...Viewed Today this is easily one of L&H lesser efforts, but in context (1943), the New York Times Review reports that the audience in the Theatre was having a good time with the Movie. If that is true, this War Effort was not a total waste for Stan and Ollie.


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