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Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | April 1943 (USA)
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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Bombenkerle See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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'Joe Yule''s son, Joe Yule Jr., later became famous as 'Mickey Rooney (I)'. See more »

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J.P. Norton: With those men, we can never achieve perfection.
Dan Madison: Oh, yes we can. We're getting better all the time. We won't make the same mistakes twice.
J.P. Norton: I hope not.
Dan Madison: Look, Mr. Norton, why are you doing this work?
J.P. Norton: Why? Why? To serve my country.
Dan Madison: Well, that's their idea too.
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Pretty bad - but still one of the better post-Roach films
24 December 2001 | by philgieriSee all my reviews

In 1940, L&H quit Hal Roach after twelve years of partnership that yielded some of the finest comedies ever made. Their departure for 20th Century Fox was meant to be a step towards more creative control and freedom in the process of making films; alas, the opposite was the case. Their first two films under the new production company showed that L&H should, by Fox's definition, appear in front of the cameras and leave cutting, directing etc. to the professionals. Consequently, these two films were pale shadows of their great Roach-produced companions. Desperately, L&H sought a newer rainbow at MGM but were to be disappointed again. Even the best scenes in this film, "Air Raid Wardens", like two tit-for-tat sequences with their old colleague Edgar "Slowburn" Kennedy, lacked the spontaneous and improvised look of similar scenes´in, say, "Bacon Grabbers". Likewise, other slapstick moments in ARW like a poster-hanging bit have a rather mechanical look and are destroyed by poor editing. Yes, Stan's creative genius was sadly missing behind the camera.

Furthermore, the whole patriotic atmosphere of the plot doesn't fit L&H's style one bit.

And still this excuse for a comedy, although far, far from features like "Way Out West" or "Sons Of The Desert", emerges as one of the better post-Roach films after all; firstly, in contrast to most of the other later films, the romantic subplot is pretty much in the background and Stan & Ollie remain the main attraction. Secondly, there are at least a few scenes which REMIND you of L&H's better days; there are no such scenes to be found in "A-Haunting We Will Go" or "Nothing But Trouble", for example.

So "Air Raid Wardens" is hardly a pain to sit through but is so vastly inferior to their Roach films that you regret once more that they left him for good in 1940.


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