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Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 8 May 1943 (USA)
Gildersleeve gets himself into trouble while on jury duty.



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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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8 May 1943 (USA)  »

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Gildersleeve Está com Azar  »

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 13, 1945 with Harold Peary and the radio show cast reprising their film roles. 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.
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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
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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.

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