Friday, August 4, 2017

Pardon Us (1931)

Directed by James Parrott
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Laurel and Hardy get arrested for making beer during Prohibition. In prison, they are confronted with a variety of situations allowing them to stretch out their comedy routines. A recurring plot device involves Stan's buzzing tooth which sounds like he his is giving a "raspberry" at the end of his sentences, getting them in trouble with other prisoners and the warden. They escape for awhile and hide out with Negroes working in nearby fields, where Ollie sings a song in blackface. Stan's tooth gives them away and they end up back in prison. They get involved in a noisy riot, but accidentally save the warden's daughter, earning them a pardon. Laurel and Hardy's first feature film gets a few chuckles, but very dated.

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