Night Owls (1930 film)

Night Owls is a 1930 American Pre-Code Laurel and Hardy short film. It was filmed in October and November 1929, and released January 4, 1930.

Night Owls
Directed byJames Parrott
Produced byHal Roach
Written byH.M. Walker
StarringStan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Edgar Kennedy
James Finlayson
Music byMarvin Hatley
CinematographyGeorge Stevens
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
DIC Entertainment (1990 re-release)
Release date
  • January 4, 1930 (1930-01-04)
Running time
20:44 (English)
36:06 (Spanish)
CountryUnited States


Police officer Edgar Kennedy is warned by his Police chief to make arrests to stop a burglary epidemic on his patch or face the sack. Kennedy comes across vagrants Laurel and Hardy that night and persuades them to rob the chief's house to get in his boss's good books. The boys, believing it to be too dangerous, at first refuse. After Kennedy threatens them with ninety days on "the rockpile," and assures them he will get them released after they're caught, they agree to the ruse. Stan and Ollie encounter various problems but after various complications, the chief catches Kennedy with various valuables in his house, while the boys manage somehow to escape.

International versions

The film was also released in an alternate Spanish version,[1] Ladrones,[2][3][4] expanded to nearly four reels in length instead of the English two reels. The film was also released in an Italian version,[1] Ladroni, and in an Esperanto version Ňútelistoj, which are both now lost. The foreign versions retained not only the headliners, but Edgar Kennedy and James Finlayson as well. The English and Spanish versions are available on DVD.



This was the first film to use their celebrated theme tune, "The 'Ku-Ku' Song", written by Marvin Hatley. The Film Classics reissue print features the instrumental version of Marvin Hatley's "Honolulu Baby" from the Sons of the Desert soundtrack in place of "The 'Ku-Ku' Song."


  1. "Variety's Bulletin Condensed". Variety (vol. C no. 4). 6 August 1930. p. 28. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. "Garbo's KISS May Set Foreign System". Variety (vol. XCVIII no. 8). 5 March 1930. p. 5. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. Schallert, Edwin; Schallert, Elza (May 1930). "Hollywood High Lights". Picture Play Magazine (vol. XXXII no. 3). Street & Smith Publications. p. 53. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. Schallert, Edwin; Schallert, Elza (February 1930). "Hollywood High Lights". Picture Play Magazine (vol. XXXI no. 6). Street & Smith Publications. p. 94. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
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