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Laurel & Hardy - Air Raid Wardens / Nothing but Trouble (2006)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4CU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Whether serving their country in wartime or serving multicourse mealtime mayhem, Laurel and Hardy serve up laughs in this classic twofer. First, the nation calls out in its hour of need, Stan and Ollie answer...and Uncle Sam changes his mind. Rejected by the military, our heroes become Air Raid Wardens. Lights-out laughs include a donnybrook with slow-burn comic Edgar Kennedy and a run-in with a nest of spies. In Nothing but Trouble, the boys fuss and finagle as World War II-era domestics who rally 'round an exiled boy king when danger arises. Sam Taylor, co-director of Harold Lloyd's famed hanging-from-the-clock-high-above-city-traffic movie Safety Last!, guides this romp that includes a gem of a ledge-hanging sequence. Hold tight for fall-down funny fun.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made two feature films for M-G-M in the 1940s, which were overlooked when the rest of the team's M-G-M output was released to DVD earlier this year. These two films are often missing pieces in a Laurel & Hardy fan's collection, and having them both on one disc is a convenient and economical way to enjoy them.

AIR RAID WARDENS and NOTHING BUT TROUBLE have more heart than usual for wartime L & H comedies, and the scripts paint the "Stan and Ollie" characters as being conscientious underdogs instead of oblivious idiots, for a welcome change. Most fans' basic complaint is that both films use M-G-M's inflexible formula for comedy, as repeatedly applied to Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers: the comedians reach a humiliating "low point," when things can't get any worse, only to bounce back to triumph and vindication. Be prepared for some scenes where Stan and Ollie are greatly humbled by a depressing turn of events. Good, straight acting by the leads, but not typically found in a Laurel & Hardy comedy.

AIR RAID WARDENS (1943) has our heroes trying to help their community in wartime by putting up posters (messily), attending a town meeting (distractingly), administering first aid (disastrously), asking Edgar Kennedy to please turn off his house lights (unsuccessfully), and finally foiling an enemy sabotage plot (and very successfully). A huge box-office hit in 1943 and a real "audience" picture: for best results watch this one with some friends.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The MGM Films are finally on DVD October 18, 2007
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Just about any Laurel & Hardy biography or film book had the same opinion. "Blockheads" was the teams last great movie. Then the team was temporally split up with Laurel going off to produce B westerns and Hardy getting the lead role in "Zenobia". This was the dividing mark in their career. They re-teamed but the films their following films "A Chump At Oxford", "Flying Deuces" and "Saps At Sea" were all pretty weak. Then the Laurel and Hardy left Hal Roach for a contract at 20th Century Fox to make a series of movies and Fox executives sabotaged the team ( perhaps deliberately ) with bad movies that gradually grew worse until they hit rock bottom with "The Bullfighters". The boys also made a couple of movies for MGM studios but did no better as that studio had no idea how to make comedies. After a five year hiatus from movies the team returned to redeem themselves in the film "Atoll K" which was far superior to the Fox movies in plot but was hurt by Stan Laurels medical condition at the time of filming as well as the language barrier between cast members and crew. Another agreement was that "Jitterbugs" was the one good film to be made at the time but was nowhere as good at the teams weakest Roach movie, and another was that "The Big Bang" was the worst Laurel and Hardy movie ever made. Since the Fox and MGM movies were rarely shown on television and by the 90's had been out of circulation for decades there was no way for anyone other than film historians to make this evaluation. For the rest of us the only available Laurel & Hardy movies was "Flying Deuces" which was public domain and therefore shown many times on television, and "March of the Wooden Soldiers" which returned every year around Thanksgiving and/or near Christmas. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stan and Ollie in the Clutches of Leo the Lion October 5, 2007
The best aspect of this Laurel and Hardy "double feature" is the excellent print quality. In fact, the Warner DVD transfers are far superior to Hallmark's pathetic L&H product. Unfortunately, "Air Raid Wardens" (1943) and "Nothing But Trouble" (1944) find Stan and Ollie submerged in the cold rigidness of MGM's studio system - the same fate that greeted Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Our Gang. The boys deliver a few laughs in these later efforts, but the fun and spontaneity of the Hal Roach days are long gone.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By ferrell
I want to say that with this dvd (along with the new 2 part box sets) we now have the complete post hal roach movies,except for a remastered officially released first generation unedited version of "atoll k" which is commonly known s "utopia" which I hope sees the light of day soon,so listen up HALLMARK get on the ball with the hal roach movies,we've seen more laurel and hardy releases in the last year than what HALLMARK has released in the last 6 years,since HALLMARK owns the rights to all the hal roach films and shorts I think two dvds in 6 years is just for the reviews of these two movies....."air raid wardens" is an o.k. movie but seems to be more like abbott and costello then l&h,but the movie that makes this disc is "Nothing but trouble"-which is in my opinion the best post hal roach movie PERIOD!!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B&W flicks with very good DVD quality. January 22, 2007
By Victor
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Both movies on DVD are fine showings of Laurel's and Hardy's talents. As always there is plenty of laughs and stants. Even my 7-year old daughter was laughing to tears. The quality of DVD - audio and video - is excellent, and maybe there are not too many extras, the movie itself is very satissfying. Highly recommended for Olie and Stan buffs and new-comers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old comedies rare to find these days!
Published 20 days ago by SS
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurel and Hardy
As always with Laurel and Hardy, this set was fantastic. After all, it WAS Laurel and Hardy! They were and always will be - the greatest!
Published 2 months ago by Helen Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Laurel and hardy for ever!!!!
The period mgm, is not the one or they shot their best movies but laurel and hardy stays in spite of big comedians and his 2 movies are all the same amusant.
Published 10 months ago by kerchouni
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
This was bought as a present for a stan and ollie fan, allthough not considered to be their best films the sound and picture quality are excellent given their age and still very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by |Rowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy
This was ordered for an elder friend and he really enjoys watching Laurel and Hardy, usually still laughing about it when he tells about them.
Published 15 months ago by Billie Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but still a lot of laughs.
To me, Laurel and Hardy's best days were the late twenties and early thirties. These come from the mid-forties and Stan and Ollie are showing their age. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Judith E. Hanhisalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh
If you like oldies and something classy then this is it. Very interesting to watch the way people though and behave in old days. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movies.
I got this for my mom whose dad used to take her to the movies to see Laurel & Hardy. She loves them.
Published 20 months ago by alicebk
4.0 out of 5 stars We Liked 1 of the Films
Air Raid Wardens was a pretty good movie but we did not enjoy Nothing But Trouble. These two films are when Laurel & Hardy recently witched film studios and they were not allowed... Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by Michelle Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I thought
I won't go into detail about the plots, or the behind the scene events with these MGM pictures,as both have been written about in other reviews with far more detail and insight... Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by J. Brewster
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