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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

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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

The title sequence of this short is filmed to look like a police car racing West at night on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, with siren blaring, and a windshield wiper 'erasing' each set of credits and 'sweeping in' the next. Along the route, mostly on the left (South) side of Wilshire, we see a 'Cut Rate Drug' store (probably Thrifty's); a billboard (or perhaps a building logo) for Mullen & Bluett clothiers; a billboard ad for R&H Pilsner Beer. An apparent 'jump cut' puts us a few blocks farther West on Wilshire, where, again on the left, we see a movie theatre marquee (probably the Fox Ritz at 5214 Wilshire); a large, billboard-sized Coca-Cola sign in lights on the right; and in the distance, on the left, a rooftop lighted sign on the Myer Siegel building at 5410 Wilshire. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Stanley: [sympathetically watching the burglar pound on the sides of the safe with a hammer - - Stan never suspects that the man is really a burglar and not just the store's owner] What's the matter? Did you lose the combination?
Safecracker: [feigning exasperated embarrassment and disgust] Yehhhss!
Stanley: They're really hard to open, aren't they?
Safecracker: Very!
Stanley: Why don't you try hitting it over here?
Safecracker: I've already tried it there.
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Same old Laurel and Hardy in a whole new setting
27 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I first started watching this short, I kept asking myself what type of police force is THAT stupid or short-sighted to give Laurel and Hardy jobs as cops?! Having the boys play policemen is a nice departure from the norm and it seems ironic that they played jailbirds in many more films! Regardless, the team behave much as you'd expect in this new role--they completely miss obvious crimes right in front of their faces but manage to apprehend the one person they meet who is actually minding his own business! Along the way, Stan and Ollie bumble and break stuff and act pretty much their usual selves. In a way, it's a real shame that aside from them being cops, this film is so very conventional and doesn't offer that many new ideas or gags. This isn't to say this is a bad film--just not anything extraordinarily different from the norm.


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