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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.


Edward Sedgwick


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


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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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Wednesday 1 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Cincinnati 1 June 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Chicago 7 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 31 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 15 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Norfolk VA 27 September on WTAR (Channel 3), by New York City 14 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Hartford CT 28 October 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Columbus 13 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), by Tucson 7 December 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 9 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , by New Haven CT 29 December 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and, eventually, by San Francisco 8 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


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[Camera pans to a store front that says: Laurel & Hardy Fertilizer]
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Doing Their Bit For Uncle Sam
22 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of Laurel and Hardy's last films was this one for MGM where they play a couple of 4Fs who still want to do their bit for the USA at war with the Axis. After getting turned down by all the armed services, Stan and Ollie return to their small town and their bicycle shop to volunteer as air raid wardens. Their bicycle shop in fact has been taken over by Donald Meek who is running a radio repair shop, but Meek allows them back in as partners.

MGM did give the boys an excellent supporting cast a lot better than what they usually had with Hal Roach. Problem is that they looked a bit old and tired and both were having health problems at the time. Still they got a few good slapstick licks in, especially with Edgar Kennedy and Howard Freeman who was a great foil for them.

My favorite moment in the film was when after one foul up too many they get canned as air raid wardens and Stan who usually cried at the drop of a hat, was almost in real tears about it. Both he and Ollie really do want to do something for the war effort even if they know they're a pair of bumblers.

Ollie in fact was the most restrained I've seen him. The Laurel and Hardy shtick is that Stan is a dummy and he knows it, Ollie is dumb, but has delusions of grandeur. Here Ollie also tones down the usual pomposity we expect from him.

Of course they redeem themselves when they stumble on to a real group of Nazi spies. Among that cast of all American small town types are a pair of known character actors who are in fact spies and saboteurs.

But you'll just have to see Air Raid Wardens to find out who.

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Release Date:

April 1943 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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