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Midnight Blunders (1936)

Approved  |   |  Short, Action, Comedy  |  21 April 1936 (USA)
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The evil Dr. Wong abducts prominent scientist Dr. Edwin Millstone. Bumbling bank guards Tom and Monte search through Chinatown to find Dr. Wong and rescue the professor.



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This frankly racist comedy short, made at the height of the Yellow Peril fears of the 1930's, follow the efforts of two inept bank guards to find a Chinese man with a wooden leg who, they believe, as kidnapped a prominent scientist. When they locate Dr. Wong, an evil Fu Manchu-type intent on gaining world power, they are able to rescue Professor Millstone and help his lovely daughter escape while destroying the Frankenstein-like monster that Wong has created. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Quake and quiver, shake and shiver


Short | Action | Comedy | Horror






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21 April 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The comedy routine utilizing the premise that the boys could check the legs of random passersby to see whom had a wooden leg was used several times by their studio-mates the Three Stooges, most notably in _Nutty but Nice (1940)_. See more »


Tom: I wish a crime would bust loose just so's I could use my head.
Monte: Don't feel bad, Tom, you've been usin' your hat right along...
Tom: Thanks, Monte.
Monte: hang your hat on!
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Remade as Sweet Spirits of Nighter (1941) See more »

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Pretty good scare comedy..if you can scare up a copy.
9 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom Kennedy and Monty Collins made a good team. They appeared in 11 two-reel comedies for Columbia from 1935 until 1938, and "Midnight Blunders" is perhaps the best of their films. In this short, Collins and Kennedy, as bank guards, are searching for a Chinese man with a wooden leg who has kidnapped a prominent scientist. Their search takes them through the eerie dark streets of Chinatown. Although a bit strange at times, the short provides some pretty good, though standard, "scare" situations mixed with Columbia's brand of slapstick. There are some pretty funny gags throughout the short, but unfortunately, many are politically incorrect by today's standards. That said, it's still a fun little two-reeler that is sadly not easy to view. This film was later reworked by Columbia in 1941 as "Sweet Spirits Of Nighter" with El Brendel and Tom Kennedy.

UPDATE: This short has been released as an bonus on the Sam Katzman DVD Collection. It's nice to see Sony finally digging into their non-Stooge Columbia shorts holdings!

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