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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 »

Director:

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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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, Stan gets out of the patrol car and marks an "X" on the car's left front tire with a piece of chalk. This was a method police used to use to see how long a car was parked in a particular spot if there was a signed restriction on the time a car could be parked there. See more »

Goofs

Ollie falls in a pond but when he gets out his clothes are dry. See more »

Quotes

Car Dispatcher: Calling Car Thirteen.
Oliver: That's us.
Car Dispatcher: Calling Car One-Three.
Stanley: I thought he said Thirteen.
Oliver: Shut up.
Car Dispatcher: Look out, boys, somebody's stealing your spare tire. That is all.
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Why Does He Have A Barrel Of Sauekrat?
29 December 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

New cops Laurel and Hardy bungle their way into arrest the Chief of Police in his own home.

Of course, that's not the only thing they bungle. They get into an argument with safecracker Frank Terry, with not a clue as to what is going on. That's one of the pleasures of Laurel & Hardy -- I almost wrote 'cartoons; -- shorts: their ability to keep going with no idea of what is going on.

It's not one of the best of the Boys' shorts. Well, they can't all be masterpieces. his one is only very funny.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calling All Cars See more »

Company Credits

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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