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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 (as Anders Randolph)
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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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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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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

The Spanish language version of this film, "Ladrones", became the very first talkie in Spanish ever shown in Argentina when its exhibitor, Max Glücksmann, presented it in the city of Mar del Plata in February, 1930. See more »

Goofs

James Finlayson rolls down the stairs breaking a vase at the bottom, the vase is intact a few scenes later. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [to Laurel in a bitter tone] Will you pass me the hammer, PLEASE?
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Alternate Versions

There is also a colorized version. See more »

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

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Laurel & Hardy are the worst burglars ever
17 April 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

Stan Laurel makes most of the gags in 'Night Owls' work. In this comedy short a police officer (Edgar Kennedy) will be fired when he screws up one more time. He finds Laurel & Hardy sleeping on a bench in a public park. They have a choice. They can spend some time in jail or help the police officer. He wants them to break in with his chief. He will save the day and the chief will like him again.

The short, with sound, shows us Laurel & Hardy as burglars most of the time. They must be the worst burglars ever. They enter the house over and over again but they also manage to lock themselves out every single time. We have some laughs, all because of Laurel. Although this is definitely not the best Laurel & Hardy comedy short, it is another fine little movie.


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