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Pardon Us
Movie: Pardon Us(1931 (UK))[tt0022251] It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth "buzzes" when he talks and keeps getting him in trouble, because it sounds like he's giving everybody a rasp- berry. But it earns him the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by and here's Stan's buzzing tooth which causes to realize who the pair are. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape. Eventually the boys are pardoned by the senior warden, who erroneously believes that they intentionally warned the prison guards of the impending firestorm by firing the first shots. Written byPaul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>
Title Pardon Us
Release Date 1931 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical
Production Companies Hal Roach Studios
Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel...
Stan Laurel...
Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy...
Oliver Hardy...
June Marlowe
June Marlowe...
Warden's Daughter...
Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas...
Warden...
James Finlayson
James Finlayson...
Schoolteacher...
Walter Long
Walter Long...
The Tiger...

Reviews

bkoganbing on 4 August 2014
Laurel And Hardy made their first starring feature film for Hal Roach with Pardon Us. It's a prison picture, but this correctional facility will never be the same now that Stan and Ollie have served time there.They were not very good as bootleggers selling some of their illegal stock to an undercover policeman and got sent to the big house. Where Stan makes an inexplicable friend in the toughest con in the joint Walter Long. Ollie is not so similarly fortunate, but Long tolerates him as long as he's with Stan. Stan has an additional problem. A loose tooth has him make the noises of a Bronx Cheer at the most inopportune moment. This film has a large black cast of extras because part of the plot involves the boys escaping and eluding their captors while in blackface pretending to be field hands. Unlike a lot of films the black people here are portrayed with dignity. The sequences show the singing talents of Ollie and Stan does a nice patter with a dance. Since the blackface is integral to the plot I've not heard any objections raised to it here.It was a good beginning for Stan and Ollie in sound feature films.

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