6.3/10
134
5 user 6 critic

Hold 'Em Jail (1932)

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conflict ensues when a young man's childhood sweetheart becomes betrothed to his older brother.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford, Ernest Torrence
Carnival Boat (1932)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Honey, a young entertainer on a carnival boat, is in love with Buck but Buck's father is against the romance.

Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: William Boyd, Ginger Rogers, Fred Kohler
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman and a man vying for a woman's affection: the usual love trio? Not quite so since the belle in question is Lorraine de Grissac, a very wealthy and alluring society woman, while one ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William
Arsène Lupin (1932)
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Tom Conway, Harriet Hilliard, Jane Randolph
Cracked Nuts (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

To impress his fiancee's aunt, a young man tries to become king in a small kingdom, but the people there have already crowned one, who has won this honor by gambling. So he plans a coup ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature, the 3rd in a series of 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Will Price
Stars: Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band, Fran Manfred, Tuesday Weld
Night Flight (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A crusty old Sargent of the Queen's Australian army in World War I befriends a small orphaned boy and his tiny sister on the night he is to go back to Australia. The Sargent emotionally ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Charles Laughton, Binnie Barnes, Richard Carlson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Curley Harris
Robert Woolsey ...
Spider Robbins
...
Violet
...
The Radio Announcer
Roscoe Ates ...
Sam
Edgar Kennedy ...
The Warden
...
Barbara
Warren Hymer ...
Steele
Paul Hurst ...
Butch
...
Whitey
Stanley Blystone ...
Kravette
Jed Prouty ...
Warden Clark
Spencer Charters ...
The Governor
John Sheehan ...
Maloney
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Dippy! Daffy! Delirious! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Presídio Diverte-se  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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!
See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella a bit by Robert Woolsey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice Mix of Prison and Football
28 April 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hold 'Em Jail (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Curley (Bert Wheeler) and Spider (Robert Woolsey) are framed for a crime and thrown into prison where they are constantly annoying the warden (Edgar Kennedy). The warden eventually needs to two on their football team as the prison goes up against a rival.

HOLD 'EM JAIL isn't going to make you fall in love with Wheeler & Woolsey if you're not already a fan but if you do enjoy their films then you'll probably enjoy this because there are some nice laughs along the way. At just 66 minutes the film is quite fast-paced and it's rather fun seeing them spoof not only the prison sub-genre but also the football one. Football and prison played a big part in films from this era so obviously RKO was wanting to take their duo and smash both of them.

There are several funny scenes scattered throughout the film but one of the highlights has to be the football game where chloroform is used to give the team an advantage. Another funny moment happens early on when Wheeler and Woolsey are framed and not realizing that they are using real guns on their robbery prank. Both Wheeler and Woolsey are at the top of their game and really help sell the laughs. The supporting cast includes a good turn by Kennedy as the warden as well as Edna May Oliver, Roscoe Ates and Robert Armstrong.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Longest Yard paulrr-02036
Watch... jonkennedy
Discuss Hold 'Em Jail (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?