Hold 'Em Jail (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  16 September 1932 (USA)
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Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team.



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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Curley Harris
Robert Woolsey ...
Spider Robbins
The Radio Announcer
Roscoe Ates ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
The Warden
Warren Hymer ...
Paul Hurst ...
Stanley Blystone ...
Jed Prouty ...
Warden Clark
Spencer Charters ...
The Governor
John Sheehan ...


Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team.

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Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Presídio Diverte-se  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kravette: Helping a prisoner to escape? I'll put you on the rock pile for this!
Spider Robbins: If you do, we'll throw rocks at you!
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella a bit by Robert Woolsey
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Wheeler & Woolsey take a stab at the football movie...
10 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s, football comedies were pretty common. The Marx Brothers made their brilliant "Horsefeathers" and the Three Stooges and Joe E. Brown also took a stab at the genre--not to mention all the cartoons about the subject. So it's not at all surprising that Wheeler & Woolsey would make a football film...though the locale for this game is pretty unique!! This film is about a football game...in prison! So is it any good? Well, for Wheeler & Woolsey it is.

So how do Wheeler & Woolsey end up in jail anyway? Well, they have some fake guns that look very realistic...and a crook switches them with the real thing. The boys are naturally arrested and end up in prison-- where the warden (Edgar Kennedy) and his family (Edna May Oliver and Betty Grable) are on hand for laughs. The film is VERY unusual because there are no song and dance numbers and the big football game at the end is about as stupid and nonsensical as most football games in 1930s comedies! None of it is brilliant or will make you prefer it to "Horsefeathers" but it is harmless and entertaining.

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