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Walter DeLeon (screen play) &
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Release Date:
16 September 1932 (USA) See more »
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Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bert Wheeler ... Curley Harris
Robert Woolsey ... Spider Robbins

Edna May Oliver ... Violet

Robert Armstrong ... The Radio Announcer

Roscoe Ates ... Sam

Edgar Kennedy ... The Warden

Betty Grable ... Barbara

Warren Hymer ... Steele

Paul Hurst ... Butch

G. Pat Collins ... Whitey
Stanley Blystone ... Kravette
Jed Prouty ... Warden Clark
Spencer Charters ... The Governor

John Sheehan ... Maloney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... Referee (uncredited)
Al Alt ... Doctor (uncredited)
Roy Baker ... Football Player (uncredited)

Monty Banks ... Timekeeper (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Jailbird (uncredited)
Nathan Barragar ... Football Player at Practice (uncredited)
Clem Beauchamp ... Trusty (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Football Player (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Referee (uncredited)
Al Cooke ... Timekeeper (uncredited)

Mike Donlin ... Coach (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ... Photographer (uncredited)
Marshall Duffield ... Football Player (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Assistant Referee (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Referee (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Jailbird (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Football Player (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Deaf Inmate (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Football Player (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Cop (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Maloney's Pal (uncredited)
Jim Musick ... Football Player (uncredited)

George Ovey ... Assistant Referee (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Spike (uncredited)
Ernie Pinckert ... Football Player at Practice (uncredited)
Marshall Ruth ... Nance Prisoner (uncredited)
Harold Schlickenmayer ... Football Player at Practice (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ... Riggs's Pal (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Bidemore Player (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Doorman (uncredited)
George Templeton ... Football Player (uncredited)

Jim Thorpe ... Football Player (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... Riggs (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Sam's Son (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
Writing credits
Walter DeLeon (screen play) &
S.J. Perelman (screen play) and
Eddie Welch (screen play)

Tim Whelan (story) and
Lew Lupton (story)

John P. Medbury (radio dialogue)

Albert Ray  continuity (uncredited)
Mark Sandrich  screen play (uncredited)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Bentley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Elwood Bredell .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Daly .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward Henderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Albert Scheving .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The Warden:[to the prison guards] Put them in the bridal chamber and let them cool off.
Spider Robbins:Bridal chamber? Huh! That's no place to cool off!
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Nice Mix of Prison and Football, 28 April 2016
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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.

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