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Night Owls (1930)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 4 January 1930 (USA)
After far too many break-ins on his watch, an ineffective policeman approaches the unsuspecting vagabonds, Laurel and Hardy, with a preposterous proposition; one that would get him off the hook. But, are the boys up to the task?

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (story editor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Mr. Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Mr. Hardy
Edgar Kennedy ... Officer Kennedy
James Finlayson ... Meadows
Anders Randolf ... Police Chief
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Storyline

After getting lambasted by the Police Chief for the 42 unsolved robberies committed on his watch, Officer Kennedy bamboozles vagrants Stanley and Oliver into a plan to recover his reputation, in exchange for not jailing them for sleeping on park benches. Kennedy sets them to burgling the Police Chief's own house, planning to arrest them in front of his boss, and later "fixing it" for the boys. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diariktes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

When Laurel and Hardy toured British music halls in the 1950s, Laurel reworked the plot of this short into a stage sketch titled "A Spot of Trouble". See more »

Goofs

Ollie hoists Stan onto a wall, loses his hat then magically he's got it on again. See more »

Quotes

Stanley: Ssssshhhh!
Oliver: Don't shush me!
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Alternate Versions

This was the first Laurel & Hardy film to feature the "Dance of the Cuckoos" over the opening credits. However, all available prints are from reissues and that song was removed. The Spanish language version, "Ladrones", features the original MGM credits and lion and the "Dance of the Cuckoos" as well. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »

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Their best talky to date.
22 November 2011 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Cop Edgar Kennedy is in trouble. Their have been forty-two robberies in the police chief's neighborhood and he'll be fired unless he makes an arrest. He gets an idea. Rather than run off two vagrants, Stan and Ollie, he convinces them to rob the police chief's house so he can arrest them in the process. It was a pretty good idea, if Stan and Ollie hadn't proved to be the most inept burglars in history.

"Night Owls" was the team's seventh talkie and definitely the best one to date. The concept itself is funny, and the slapstick gags are plentiful and well-performed. (My favorite bit is when the boys pretend to be cats.) Nor does it hurt that Stan and Ollie are backed up here by Edgar Kennedy and James Finlayson, two of their best foils. Stan and Ollie themselves seem very comfortable in this film. Their interplay has a smooth, naturalistic rhythm that one expects from the boys at their best.

This film isn't quite a classic, but it fine little film. The team had finally found their footing in the new medium of talking films.


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