Night Patrol (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 November 1984 (USA)
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A hapless police officer is transferred to the night shift even as he clandestinely pursues a career as a stand up comedian.



(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Bill Levey) , 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Sue Perman
Officer Kent Lane
Jaye P. Morgan ...
Kate Parker
Doctor Ziegler
Captain Lewis
Murray Langston ...
Officer Melvin White / The Unknown Comic
Rape Victim
Peeping Tom (as Sidney Lassick)
Kent Perkins ...
Lori Sutton ...
Edith Hutton
Roxanne Cybelle ...
Kicking Girl
Joe Battaglia ...
Mik One ...
Press Agent
Alex Folks ...
Leroy's Bartender
Patrie Allen ...
Officer Judy


Melvin is a pathetic loser of a motorcycle cop who gets demoted to working the night shift as a punishment for his constant screw-ups. During his off-duty time, however, Melvin turns to his secret obsession: comedy. He puts a paper bag over his head and performs in front of audiences as "The Unknown Comic". Unable to balance his two lives, he seeks psychiatric help to try and resolve who he really wants to be. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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They were trained at the Police Academy. They were toughened on the streets of Los Angeles. And now they're ready for NIGHT PATROL! See more »




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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Natpatruljen - dummere end politiet  »

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Murray Langston played dual roles in this movie. Langston played both The Unknown Comic and police officer Melvin White. See more »


When Kent helps Melvin up to the hand dryer in the men's room to dry his pants they turn the dryer on. A man walks in the men's room, the scene cuts back to Kent and Melvin the dryer is off. See more »


Officer Sue Perman: You can talk about my tits or my ass, but don't call me dumb.
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All the credits are in French. See more »


References Welcome Back, Kotter (1975) See more »

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So over-the-top SO FUNNEEEEE! too funny at times
27 July 2005 | by (Richmond, VA USA) – See all my reviews

I don't think anything herein gives away aspects of plot or surprises at all. The greatest police-unknown-comic-bag-man-thunder-peal-comedy-movie comedy you will find anywhere . . . that little fella of a police inspector who farts all the time makes me crack up every time i see this movie . . . and the dude: pat Paulson, God bless him! funneeee: marry an ugly girl, he says. Murray Langston asks: why, suppose she leaves you too. Pat Paulson replies: yeah well "who cares" (edited). something else funny . . . let's see: there's the cock fighting scene . . . with the NUNS!!!!!! bad taste, but funny. And of course there's Edith Hutton and . . . ANDREW DICE CLAY . . .see Night Patrol if you're feeling: blue, green, yellow, purple no matter how you're feeling . . . night patrol is a guaranteed fave!!!! I had Linda Blair inscribe my Exorcist hard-cover first edition w/ NIGHT PATROL . . . i think she loves night patrol, too sentimentally. Night Patrol is SO GOOD!

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