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Pardon Us (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 August 1931 (USA)
Two guys end up in prison after attempting to sell beer to a policeman during Prohibition.

Director:

James Parrott

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue by) (as H. M. Walker)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
June Marlowe ... Warden's Daughter
Wilfred Lucas ... Warden
James Finlayson ... Schoolteacher
Walter Long ... The Tiger
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford ... Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)
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Storyline

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth keeps getting him in trouble, because it sounds like he's giving everybody a rasp- berry. But it earns him the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The world has been waiting for THEIR FIRST FULL LENGTH TALKING PICTURE See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rap See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: From 1927 to 1940. LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.

PARDON US was originally issued to theaters at a running time of 56 minutes. Drawing upon long hidden material cut from previewed versions, almost 20 minutes of footage shot for his film, but never before released, has now been restored.

The KirschGroup is therefore proud to present the expanded version of Laurel & Hardy's first starring feature film, PARDON US and takes pride in presenting this classic film for future generations. See more »

Goofs

Right after Stan and Ollie escape prison, they are still visible in the prison court yard. See more »

Quotes

Schoolteacher: We will now have the roll call. Those that are here will answer "present". Those that are not here will say "yes."
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Alternate Versions

French, German, and Italian language versions filmed simultaneously. The German version is "Hinter Schloss und Riegel." See more »

Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Lazy Moon
(1903) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Bob Cole and Rosamond Johnson
Performed by Oliver Hardy and the Hall Johnson Choir
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Bronx Cheer in the Big House
4 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Laurel And Hardy made their first starring feature film for Hal Roach with Pardon Us. It's a prison picture, but this correctional facility will never be the same now that Stan and Ollie have served time there.

They were not very good as bootleggers selling some of their illegal stock to an undercover policeman and got sent to the big house. Where Stan makes an inexplicable friend in the toughest con in the joint Walter Long. Ollie is not so similarly fortunate, but Long tolerates him as long as he's with Stan.

Stan has an additional problem. A loose tooth has him make the noises of a Bronx Cheer at the most inopportune moment.

This film has a large black cast of extras because part of the plot involves the boys escaping and eluding their captors while in blackface pretending to be field hands. Unlike a lot of films the black people here are portrayed with dignity. The sequences show the singing talents of Ollie and Stan does a nice patter with a dance. Since the blackface is integral to the plot I've not heard any objections raised to it here.

It was a good beginning for Stan and Ollie in sound feature films.


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