Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  8 May 1943 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 134 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

Gildersleeve gets himself into trouble while on jury duty.



0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven
Turnabout (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's like is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, James Stephenson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gildersleeve, a small town bachelor, has slapstick troubles with a husband-hunting woman and two helpful kids.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Harold Peary, Jane Darwell, Nancy Gates
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On a mission to New York, two women pursue Gildersleeve...then his fiancée shows up.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Harold Peary, Billie Burke, Claire Carleton
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Gildersleeve, running for office, is aided by two ghosts and hindered by a mad scientist and an invisible woman.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Harold Peary, Marion Martin, Richard LeGrand
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The body of an unknown woman turns up in a stolen car abandoned in a New York park, and the only clue the detectives on the case have to work from is the tattoo on her arm, and the fact ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Montagne
Stars: John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella
Certificate: Passed Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile's fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: John Gilbert, Leila Hyams, Lewis Stone
Danger Signal (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A very romantic murderer has plans to seduce, marry and kill a beautiful woman for her wealth, but finds her younger sister to be even better prey.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Richard Erdman
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Susan Hayward, Charlton Heston, John McIntire
Red Light (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart


Complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ...
Charles Arnt ...
Freddie Mercer ...
Russell Wade ...
Lillian Randolph ...
Frank Jenks ...
Louie Barton
Richard LeGrand ...
J.W. Peavy


Assorted citizens of Summerfield, including Gildersleeve of radio fame, sit on a jury in the trial of bank robber Louie Barton. Through coincidence, Gildersleeve is wrongly suspected of bribe-taking. His efforts to get out of trouble only get him deeper into slapstick... Written by Rod Crawford <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gildersleeve Está com Azar  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


'Barbara Hale''s first movie role. See more »


Gildersleeve: If I don't run away, my dear, they'll put me in jail for a hundred and twenty-five years.
Leroy: Well, then you've got nothing to worry about. You can't live that long.
See more »


Follows The Great Gildersleeve (1942) See more »


Can't Get Out Of This Mood
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung a cappella by Harold Peary
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Enjoyable entry in the Gildersleeve series...
20 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This time it's jury duty for The Great Gildersleeve and he's chosen as foreman in GILDERSLEEVE'S BAD DAY. Harold Peary uses his radio characterization of the foolish man to great effect, making the most of a script that puts him into amusing but absurd situations, very few of which have anything to do with reality.

He's the lone holdout finding a man "not guilty" of a murder rap when all the evidence proves that he is indeed guilty. DOUGLAS FOWLEY is the criminal whose friends send Gildersleeve a note threatening the worst unless he votes not guilty. Gildy never receives the note and when he does vote "not guilty", Leroy and Aunt Emma and the rest of his gang figure he's cheating the law. A lot of misunderstandings occur, in goofy fashion, before he gets things straightened out with Judge Hooker.

Highly amusing entry if you can forgive the lack of logic, good for a few laughs with another amusing turn from HAROLD PEARY in the title role and JANE DARWELL, NANCY GATES, CHARLES ARNT and FREDDIE MERCER repeating their supporting cast roles in the first Gildersleeve film.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: