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The Iceman's Ball (1932)

Clark & McCullough are arrested for disturbing the peace. They steal the police car and return it to the station. The new police commissioner believes that they are real policemen and they get back the patrol car. Out on the beat, the duo chase women rather than criminals, just like real cops.



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Cast overview:
Clark (as Clark)
Paul McCullough ...
Graustark (as McCullough)
Commissioner Walters
Police Sergeant
Officer Schmaltz
Officer Dugan
Annabelle Schmaltz
Betty Farrington ...
The Hostess
Long Shirt Charlie


After Clark & McCullough are arrested for disturbing the peace, they purloin the patrol car, but rather than use the hot wheels to escape, they promptly return the car to the police station. After hanging about the station, the new commissioner comes to believe that they really are cops. Given back the very patrol car they stole in the first place, the new blues take to the streets. However, while out on their new beat, the faux policemen are more interested in tracking down women than criminals. Ironically, this was the professional focus of the policemen from whom they stole the patrol car in the first place, so Clark & McCullough adapt themselves nicely to the role of lawmen. Written by Tummy AuGratin

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The short arm of the law
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough star in this comedy short about a pair of men who steal a police car from the officers arresting them and decide to go with the flow. They turn the police car into the station and the new Commissioner James Finlayson thinks they're real cops and they keep the car.

Of course Bobby Clark thinks the police car is quite the chick magnet and in his short subjects that's what he always has on his mind. Ironically enough the cops to who the car is really assigned, Walter Brennan and Vernon Dent, also use it as a chick magnet.

The state of law enforcement in this town is something else when the law is represented by Finlayson, Dent, and Brennan. In fact Finlayson always known as the chief nemesis of Laurel&Hardy is funnier than Clark and McCullough as truly the highest graduate ever of the Keystone Police Academy.

The Iceman's Ball is a good introduction to Clark&McCullough.

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