Night Owls (1930)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Slapstick  |   Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are supported by a couple of Hal Roach's best stock players in this comic two-reeler. The film opens at the police station, where the chief (Anders Randolph), fed up at the high number of burglaries and no arrests, threatens Officer Kennedy (Edgar Kennedy): Any more unsolved burglaries and he's out of a job. That evening, when Kennedy finds Laurel and Hardy asleep on a park bench, he offers them a deal: If they pretend to rob the chief's house and allow Kennedy to arrest them, they will not be run in for vagrancy. When Ollie asks what will become of them, the cop assures them, "Kennedy will fix it." Of course, it winds up being Laurel and Hardy who fix Kennedy. They bungle the burglary, rousing the suspicions of the chief's butler (the always entertaining James Finlayson), and finally waking up the chief. The boys run afoul of a player piano, but manage to escape before the butler and police chief find them. Instead, the chief catches Kennedy holding the bag of purloined goods left behind by the boys, and he's blamed for the burglaries. Stan and Ollie get away, even though Ollie loses his pants in the bargain and Stan's rear end is stuck in a trashcan. Laurel took the plot to this picture and adapted it for the stage when he and Hardy toured the English music halls in 1952. Originally filmed in black & white, a colorized version was released in the late 1990s.



burglary, entrapment, impersonation, police, robbery