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The Midnight Patrol (1933)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 3 August 1933 (USA)
Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a ... See full summary »

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Lloyd French
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Officer Stanley Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Officer Oliver Hardy
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Storyline

Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver, eating lunch in their patrol car, nearly have their spare tire stolen by a thief and his sassy partner. They then miss the broadcast address of a burglary in progress, and Stanley borrows the phone in a jewelry store to call the station, mistaking the safecracker inside for the shop's owner. The boys eventually manage to catch the apparent burglar and bring him back to the station, only to find it's really the police chief, who'd been locked out of his house. The chief exacts a rather dire revenge upon the two rookie cops. 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:

3 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling All Cars See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

That jewel-thief was the dumbest of the dumb. What kind of a decent burglar tries to open a safe merely by banging on the side of it, when even a five-year-old would know this would not work, and would merely make enough noise to raise the dead and wake the entire community. See more »

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The marble bench floats. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Now when I say "three", we'll go THAT way
[indicating the front door of the house]
Oliver:
  • - not THIS way

[indicating the water in the fishpond in which they are currently standing knee-deep]
Oliver: !
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crime in the city
1 October 2018 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Stan and Ollie get to be cops, and sure enough they're the most incompetent cops of all. "The Midnight Patrol" shows them on the beat, surrounded by all manner of criminality. But the fun really starts once they get summoned to an address.

It's nothing particularly special, but you gotta love what Laurel and Hardy do with the material. And then, it has a surprise ending.

Not great, but I recommend it (as I do all of L&H's movies).


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