7.0/10
1,979
32 user 10 critic

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)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Saps at Sea (1940)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Oliver suffers a nervous breakdown as a result of working in a horn factory, but when he follows doctor's orders about sea air, he finds an ex-con is aboard.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson
Our Relations (1936)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two pairs of long-lost twin brothers experience high jinks involving a valuable ring, cases of mistaken identity, and gangsters.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale
Certificate: Passed Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two war veterans help orphaned child to find her grandfather.

Directors: George Marshall, Ray McCarey, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Don Dillaway
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase
Block-Heads (1938)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.

Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

As a reward for capturing a bank robber, Stan and Ollie get scholarship to Oxford, but are met with resentment by other students.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey
Swiss Miss (1938)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Stanley and Oliver are mousetrap salesmen hoping to strike it rich in Switzerland, but get swindled out of all their money by a cheesemaker. While working off their hotel debt, Oliver falls... See full summary »

Directors: John G. Blystone, Hal Roach
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Grete Natzler
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too - but making a boat seaworthy is not an easy task.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two homeless vagabonds hide out in a vacant mansion and pose as the residents when prospective lessees arrive and try to rent it.

Director: James Parrott
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard
Busy Bodies (1933)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Stan and Ollie do battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at the sawmill.

Director: Lloyd French
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dick Gilbert
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »

Directors: James W. Horne, Charley Rogers, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After an endless cycle of dish washing, Ollie makes a withdrawal, ending up in the hospital after buying a grandfather clock. Only a generous blood transfusion can help him bounce back; however, is modern medicine prepared for the outcome?

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Daphne Pollard
Edit

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 ... Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mr. Hardy is a man of wonderful ideas -- so is Mr. Laurel -- as long as he doesn't try to think. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 3 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Saturday 18 December 1948 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 4 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The cotton pickers get out of the field twice. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.
Stanley: What do you mean - I got you into?
Oliver: Well, you sold that policeman that bottle of beer, didn't you?
Stanley: I didn't know he was a policeman. I thought he was a streetcar conductor.
See more »

Alternate Versions

While originally released at 56 minutes (and only available in that version for decades), a special 65-minute version was released on laserdisc in the early 1980s. This version, running nine minutes longer, includes extra dialogue and musical numbers. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Hinter Schloss und Riegel (1931) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Plot and structure wise it is light but it produces plenty of memorable and hilarious scenes
23 October 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Laurel and Hardy are shopping for ingredients for their next get rich scheme – making and selling liquor during prohibition. Of course when Laurel sells a bottle of beer to a policeman, there is only ever going to be one outcome and the two finds themselves on the way to the big house. Locked up with a mean spirited collection of fellas, Stan and Oliver take their chance to escape and find themselves wanted men on the run.

Having just watched the very structured "Our Relations" it was noticeable when I stepped back into the much looser Pardon Us. The basic plot is no more than a nail on which to hang a series of comic scenarios and, as such, it works because it is pretty funny for the majority. The story is pretty weak but it does allow for a solid spoof of jail clichés as well as a pretty un-PC but funny scene where the boys try to pass themselves off as cotton pickers. Despite not having this flow to it, the film does have a couple of good stand out scenes that will please everyone with their typical silliness and mix of looks and double-takes.

Laurel and Hardy are both on form and are served to their strengths well. Finlayson is wonderful in a great classroom scene and he got the biggest laughs from me with a master class in slow burns and double takes. Long is enjoyably tough as The Tiger while Lucas is a good warden. The support cast are roundly good even if they are mainly there to carry the scenes rather than the comedy. The musical numbers are obvious but still good – with Hardy getting a good chance to show off his baritone talents.

Overall a thinly plotted affair but one that delivers quite a few memorable and hilarious scenes, connected with generally amusing moments.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed