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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bombenkerle  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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a nice try but a huge artistic fail
5 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

well known story is that this one showed some hope, early on > Stan must have been thrilled to work with a company of which we presume he always had a good rapport > the co. distributed the independent Roach co. movies! the script was funny. but, alas, government guys stepped in to check the writing for political correctness long before Bill Mayer was born. that's probably a little harsh: it was important to assure that real air raid wardens are appropriated represented.

there are ZERO - count 'em - ZERO laughs here. ed Kennedy showed up for a sequence with Stan and Ollie at their repair shop and...nothing. badly directed segment leaving one wondering if *anything* will work for the fans.

in its' favor, we can get a feeling of Patriotism, as if Laurel and Hardy tried to do the right thing for the Country at the time, and even if the picture is lousy, it's worth viewing beginning to end. also, we have a solid story. it made sense to suspend the surreal and just tell a simple story of a couple of small town guys, really bumblers, who manage to become heros, on the *homefront*!


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