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Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Martin Rackin (original screenplay), Jack Jevne (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Laurel ... Stanley
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver
Edgar Kennedy ... Joe Bledsoe
Jacqueline White ... Peggy Parker
Stephen McNally ... Dan Madison (as Horace McNally)
Nella Walker ... Millicent Norton
Donald Meek ... Eustace Middling
Henry O'Neill ... Rittenhause
Howard Freeman ... J.P. Norton
Paul Stanton ... Capt. Biddle
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Charlie Beaugart (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
William Tannen ... Joseph
Russell Hicks ... Maj. Scanlon
Philip Van Zandt ... Herman (as Phil Van Zandt)
Frederick Worlock ... Otto (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

Turned down when they try to enlist, the boys do the next best thing and become air raid wardens. They uncover and foil a Nazi plot to sabotage a magnesium plant. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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70 Minutes Of Happiness and Hi-Jinks! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombenkerle See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Supposedly, Civil Defense representatives were present as "advisors" during the filming to ensure none of the gags in the movie would cast a negative light on the efficiency of their organization. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Good morning, Mr. Norton. And a good morning to you, Mrs. Norton!
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Narrator: They're a very happy couple. J.P. worships the ground her grandfather discovered oil on. And speaking of couples, come on over here.
[Camera pans to a store front that says: Laurel & Hardy Fertilizer]
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Hardly Vintage But Better Than Great Guns!
25 November 2006 | by westeggSee all my reviews

Yes, this is pretty anemic L & H, but as their '40s films go, I put it third behind THE BULLFIGHTERS and JITTERBUGS as their most tolerable (the fourth, THE BIG NOISE, has one of the best L & H fadeouts ever, but that's another entry).

Anyway, AIR WARDENS manages to eke out some effective comedic bits, especially some unexpectedly impressive pratfalls from an aging Laurel. The war time trappings can get tiresome, but at least there's neat payoff with one sight gag near the end. Edgar Kennedy is a big plus in this film, and though its flaws are many (why no background music?),it's hardly a catastrophe. That's a backhanded compliment, but I think accurate enough!


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