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Air Raid Wardens

Air Raid Wardens(1943)

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In the opening sequence of the film, Horace McNally, as the character "Dan Madison," introduces the major characters offscreen and describes, over a brief montage, "Stan" and "Oliver's" failed attempt at enlisting. Hollywood Reporter reported in August 1942 that Laurel and Hardy were collaborating with the film's writers on the screenplay. According to a December 2, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was the first wartime comedy feature to cause a clash between the U.S. government and the studios. James Sheppard, the western regional director of the Office of Civilian Defense, complained that the film's comic treatment of Civilian Defense workers would undermine their effectiveness and cause some to quit or grow lax in their duties. Through the local OWI office, Sheppard presented M-G-M with a list of objections, and in response, M-G-M deleted some material from the script. Edgar Kennedy, who plays "Joe Bledsoe" in the picture, directed Laurel and Hardy twice during their years at the Hal Roach studios and also appeared onscreen with them in several shorts. Air Raid Wardens marked the first time in thirteen years that the three performers worked together. Hollywood Reporter lists Jack Vardnes as a cast member, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed.