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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?


James Parrott


H.M. Walker (story editor)




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


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


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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 »


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


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

There is also a colorized version. See more »


Alternate-language version of Ladrones (1930) See more »

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Laurel and Hardy on the loose
13 March 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Sound format: Mono

(Black and white - Short film)

Hoping to make an arrest that will please his boss (Anders Randolph), a lowly cop (Edgar Kennedy) persuades two vagrants (Laurel and Hardy) to rob Randolph's house in the dead of night, so he can 'arrest' them. However, things don't go according to plan...

An early sound-era comedy, in which absolute silence is the main objective! Naturally, L&H make enough noise to wake the dead whilst attempting to extricate themselves from a tricky legal dilemma (Kennedy threatens to arrest them if they decline his 'request'!), leading to the usual array of comic complications. James Finlayson hams it up as Randolph's clueless butler, hurling shoes at 'cats' in the garden (actually L&H, trying to evade detection) and getting one hurled back at him for his troubles! Ollie bullies Stan into compliance at every turn, though Stan tolerates his behavior only so far, resulting in conflict at every turn, timed to perfection by artists at the peak of their craft. Directed by James Parrott.

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Release Date:

4 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bufniţe nocturne See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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