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There's no doubt that Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve is an acquired taste, but if you like the character, you won't be disappointed by this bill filling RKO comedy. The usual cast is here: Harold Peary as, naturally, the bloviating Gildersleeve; mousy Richard LeGrand as shopkeeper J.W. Peavey; and Lillian Randolph as the family retainer. There's also a decidedly out of character performance from Jane Darwell as Throckmorton's bothersome sister Emma. The story revolves around Summerfield's courthouse, where Gildersleeve is serving jury duty on a bank robbery case involving villain Louie Barton (Douglas Fowley). Unbeknownst to Gildersleeve, he's the recipient of a bribe offer from the defendant, and when the jury votes 11-1 to convict, guess who's the holdout. Never fear, our hero has NOT turned villain, and all is sorted out by the end of this hour long second feature.
One of Gildy's best. The mix of characters is artfully coordinated by
underrated director Douglas. As a blustery juror in a criminal case,
Gildy is suspected of bribery in exonerating the defendant. After all,
there is the offer to him of a thousand dollars from the criminal gang
if the jury votes "not guilty". This puts him in a bad way with his
arch-adversary, Judge Hooker. No doubt about itit's a baaad day for
our small town hero. Meanwhile, Margie has to figure out which swain to
go to the dance with, while LeRoy and Birdie look on at the hijinks in
I love the touch with the little guy walking under the sawhorse plank instead of around it. It's touches like this that lift a programmer from the merely routine. Then there's Peary's patented array of bottom-of-the-well sound effects. That humorless laugh and rich baritone are among the most distinctive in all moviedom. Anyhow, it's a lively 60-minutes of amusing mix-up, thanks in large part to the versatile supervision of Director Douglas.
(In passingI just saw 1957's dead serious "12 Angry Men". Catch some of the similarities in jury room plot line. It's coincidence, I would assume, but interesting, nevertheless.)
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.
Second in RKO's short-lived Great Gildersleeve series based on the popular radio show. This time Gildersleeve is a juror in the trial of a bank robber. Through no fault of his own, Gildersleeve comes under suspicion of taking a bribe. Harold Peary is very enjoyable as the pompous Gildersleeve. His objecting to the prosecuting attorney during the trial is a hoot. Pretty Nancy Gates appears to have aged five years since the last film (it's actually been less than one). This is her last appearance in the series. It's also the last appearance of Jane Darwell's Aunt Emma. Lillian Randolph returns as Birdie the maid. She's always fun. A very nice supporting cast in this one, including Charles Arnt, Douglas Fowley, Alan Carney, and Grant Withers. Richard LeGrand is a treat as drug store owner Mr. Peavy, a role LeGrand also played on the radio program. A funny entry in the series. It moves quickly and barely clocks in at an hour. A nice time-passer on a lazy afternoon.
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