Pardon Us (1931) Online
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 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. 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.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Stan Laurel||-||Stan Laurel|
|Oliver Hardy||-||Oliver Hardy|
|June Marlowe||-||Warden's Daughter|
|Walter Long||-||The Tiger|
|Tiny Sandford||-||Shields - Prison Guard (as Stanley J. Sanford)|
Four foreign language versions were also shot: Sous les verrous (1931) (French), Hinter Schloss und Riegel (1931) (German), Pardon Us (1931) (Italian) and Los presidiarios (1931) or "De Bote en Bote" (Spanish) . Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy spoke their lines phonetically, and many supporting roles were recast, including Boris Karloff playing "The Tiger" in the French version.
Several scenes were shot, but deleted from the final theatrical print, which ran 56 minutes. The first ending showed the boys in gray-bearded old age reminiscing about their misadventures.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy spent a lot of time in jail. In addition to this film, they were jailbirds in The Second 100 Years (1927), The Hoose-Gow (1929) and The Flying Deuces (1939).
This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 3 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Saturday 18 December 1948 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 4 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures.
The film was also known as Jailbirds and 6 months after the film was released U. B Iwerks released a cartoon called Jailbirds staring Flip the Frog. 3 months after that he released another Flip cartoon School Days in which a teacher sings 'Good Morning to You' which was similar to the classroom scene in 'Pardon Us'.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's first feature-length film. Producer Hal Roach had wanted to use some of the sets left over from MGM's big-budget prison picture The Big House (1930) to do a prison-movie spoof and MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer agreed on the condition that Laurel and Hardy do a picture for MGM in the future. Roach turned down the deal and hired set designer Frank Durlauf to build exact replicas of the necessary prison sets.
Opening credits prologue: From 1927 to 1940. LAUREL & HARDY made marvelous short subjects and feature films at Hal Roach Studios, earning praise as the greatest comedy team ever produced by the movies or television. The world has never stopped laughing.
PARDON US was originally issued to theaters at a running time of 56 minutes. Drawing upon long hidden material cut from previewed versions, almost 20 minutes of footage shot for his film, but never before released, has now been restored.
The KirschGroup is therefore proud to present the expanded version of Laurel & Hardy's first starring feature film, PARDON US and takes pride in presenting this classic film for future generations.
According to Stan this was previewed at about 3 and 1/2 reel length with the intention of cutting it down to 2 reels but it was such a success that it was decided to add more footage and release it as a feature. The original short title was The Rap which was changed to Pardon Us. Stan always thought that the extra footage was a mistake and shouldn't have been done.
Hal Roach: Marching in front of Oliver Hardy after his recapture.
James Parrott: Marching next to Oliver Hardy after his recapture.