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Laurel & Hardy - Air Raid Wardens / Nothing but Trouble

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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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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4CU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 By C. Taylor on 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 By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on October 5, 2007
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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 on August 30, 2006
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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 pitiful...now 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on September 10, 2008
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The backstory of this film has been told many times: the original script was a successful blend of traditional L & H and a story about a typical small town in the homeland which tries to do its' part in Civil Defense despite the blunders of a couple of well-intentioned but hopelessly confused shopkeepers who sign up as Air Raid Wardens.
What was removed from the screenplay has never been located to my knowledge, so what we have is a good story, but one which features much humourless, belabored slapstick. The more demanding 1943 ticket-holders would have to turn one of the many Laurel and Hardy revivals - a more representative Stan & Babe movie like "Way Out West" might be in circulation just down the street.
The 1943 MGM offer is the best of the two on this set: Actually a well-crafted light comedy, despite the use of two comedy legends with next to no regard for their established screen characters. The troupers make due with tired, downbeat material, although there are inexcuseable gaffs in direction: the camera dollies in on Stan's struggle to write his own name on a document; Ollie tosses (what appears to be) a brick out of camera range, we hear a crash, and they flee. Edgar Kennedy smashes them both on the head with a wine-bottle, as they cower underneath covers apparently in Kennedy's guest room - the bottle breaks and fragments are left on the cover. Stan and Ollie are knocked unconscious. Terrible stuff.
On the other hand, there are some nice touches, a stray pooch (maybe a descendant of "Laughing Gravy"?) enters the scene, and accompanies them to the first meeting of the local Civil Defense organization. Although the seriousness of the meeting deflates any laughs here.
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