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.



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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:

Loca patrulla policiaca  »

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Though he plays the lead central character, comedian Murray Langston is sixth billed in the cast. 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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Great schlock!
18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a schlock masterpiece, and a truly funny film. It is stupid, tasteless, and perverted, and funny as hell. I like this BETTER than Police Acadamy and many of those 80's cop films like that. Sure, it is raunchy and dumb but it is all in good fun. This also has one of the greatest restaurant jokes I have ever seen...the refill gag. If you don't know what I am talking about see this film. A scene that is also hilarious is a scene when random people on the street suddenly break out and sing. Also, the unknown comic is a real laugh...his jokes are not funny, which is why it makes it so funny! Make any sense? The movie is basically about another unknown comic who is ruining the unknown comic's reputation for an unknown reason! And the worst cops ever are sent to bring justice to this Unknown Comic. These cops make Police Academy look good! See this film if you are a fan of schlock, if not, stayyy awayyy...

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