A hapless police officer is transferred to the night shift even as he clandestinely pursues a career as a stand up comedian.


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Murray Langston (original screenplay), William A. Levey (original screenplay) (as Bill Levey) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Officer Sue Perman
Pat Paulsen ... Officer Kent Lane
Jaye P. Morgan ... Kate Parker
Jack Riley ... Doctor Ziegler
Billy Barty ... Captain Lewis
Murray Langston ... Officer Melvin White / The Unknown Comic
Pat Morita ... Rape Victim
Sydney Lassick ... Peeping Tom (as Sidney Lassick)
Kent Perkins ... Tex
Roxanne Osco Roxanne Osco ... Kicking Girl (as Roxanne Cybelle)
Joe Battaglia Joe Battaglia ... Bum
Lori Sutton Lori Sutton ... Edith Hutton
Mik One Mik One ... Press Agent
Alex Folks Alex Folks ... Leroy's Bartender
Patrie Allen Patrie Allen ... Officer Judy


Melvin is a pathetic loser of a motorcycle cop who gets demoted to working the night shift as a punishment for his constant screw-ups. During his off-duty time, however, Melvin turns to his secret obsession: comedy. He puts a paper bag over his head and performs in front of audiences as "The Unknown Comic". Unable to balance his two lives, he seeks psychiatric help to try and resolve who he really wants to be. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They were trained at the Police Academy. They were toughened on the streets of Los Angeles. And now they're ready for NIGHT PATROL! See more »




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Did You Know?


The opening titles of this American movie are in French and subtitled in English. See more »


When Kent helps Melvin up to the hand dryer in the men's room to dry his pants they turn the dryer on. A man walks in the men's room, the scene cuts back to Kent and Melvin the dryer is off. See more »


Officer Sue Perman: [radio announcement] Car 39 - man in trouble at 1545 Venice Drive. Victim shot 15 times in head; says he needs help.
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Crazy Credits

All the credits are in French. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD is slightly edited and runs 85 minutes, while the original New World Video release runs approximately 87 minutes. Obviously, the latter is the complete version. See more »


Referenced in 31 Days of Horror: Blood Diner (1987) (2017) See more »


Written by Robert Stoddard (1980)
Performed by Carl Stewart (1984)
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Absolutely RIDICULOUS!!
8 June 2000 | by baddmachineSee all my reviews

"Ridiculous" is a word I use very often. It can mean very good or very bad. In Night Patrol's case, it means both. Night Patrol is RIDICULOUS!! If you are wondering exactly how ridiculous it is, just look at the cast listing- Pat Morita as the rape victim(!) If you are a fan of trashy,low-budget, absolute dreck, this film is a must-see! 10stars/10stars!!

Interesting facts about Night Patrol:

1. Murray Langston's Unknown Comic act IS A REAL ACT in Las Vegas!!

2. On the Linda Blair episode of E!'s True Hollywood Stories, the narrator says, "...And then, in 1984, Linda Blair hit her career all-time-low." They show a scene from Night Patrol!!

3. Sydney Lassick- Cheswick from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, makes a cameo appearance as a peeping Tom!

4. Bill Kirchenbauer- Coach from Just the Ten of Us, makes a cameo appearance as the "fed up Japanese guy."

5. Pat Paulsen (Kent Lane) ran for President of the U.S.!!

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English | French

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Patrol See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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RSL, Vis Arts Consultants See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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