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Director  Lloyd French
Film series  Laurel and Hardy Series
Country  United States
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Short, Comedy
Producer  Hal Roach
Language  English
The Midnight Patrol movie poster
Cast  Stan Laurel (Officer Stanley Laurel), Oliver Hardy (Officer Oliver Hardy), Louise Beavers (Maid (scenes deleted)), Harry Bernard (Jail visitor), Billy Bletcher (Radio dispatcher (voice)), Frank Brownlee (Police Chief Ramsbottom)
Release date  August 3, 1933 (1933-08-03)
Similar movies  Let's Be Cops, We're the Millers, Blackhat, Pacific Rim, Paperman, Se7en

Novice policemen Stanley and Oliver miss catching a jewel thief and arrest their chief by accident.


For the television cartoon, see Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone.

The Midnight Patrol is a short American Pre-Code comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy released August 3, 1933.

Novice policemen Stan and Ollie bungle a burglary investigation.


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Laurel and Hardy play two policemen on night patrol, hence the title. They are given instructions to investigate a reported break-in but in the process of gathering the details from HQ they stumble upon a would be thief who is attempting to crack the safe of a small store. Laurel mistakes him for the store owner, even going so far as to give assistance in the safe cracking, when Hardy enters to see what is keeping Laurel the boys manage to work out that the thief is not the store owner and rather than arrest him order him to appear in court at a date to suit the criminal. The boys head back to their car only to find the same thief attempting to steal it, angered Hardy insists that he must appear Tuesday after all (a day the criminal is planning a bank robbery).

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On arriving at the alleged crime scene the audience sees that the case is that the owner of the mansion got locked out and so there is no actual robber or robbery at the location. The boys however are unaware of this and attempt to break down the front door and eventually manage to succeed with great effort, having causing a great deal of damage to the property they proceed to arrest the owner of the property who they perceive to be the robber.

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The boys bring the suspect in to great praise by their colleagues, however the real identity of the robber soon becomes apparent as the other officers recognize him as the Chief of Police. Realizing their error Hardy explains that they are new, the Chief seemingly does not accept this excuse and as the boys flee off-screen he opens fire. The other officers then remove their hats indicating that deaths have occurred and the Chief says "send for the coroner".


  • Stan Laurel as Officer Stanley Laurel
  • Oliver Hardy as Officer Oliver Hardy
  • Louise Beavers as Maid (scenes deleted)
  • Harry Bernard as Jail visitor
  • Billy Bletcher as the voice of the Radio dispatcher
  • Frank Brownlee as Police Chief Ramsbottom
  • Edgar Dearing as Policeman
  • Charlie Hall as Tire thiefs partner
  • Bob Kortman as Tire thief
  • James C. Morton as Policeman
  • Walter Plinge (real name Frank Terry) as Safecracker
  • Tiny Sandford as Policeman
  • Mack Swain
  • References

    The Midnight Patrol Wikipedia
    The Midnight Patrol IMDb The Midnight Patrol