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So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 15 April 1950 (USA)
Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) pleads "not guilty" to a traffic violation but is convicted anyway. Handling this setback in his usual manner, the two-dollar fine quickly pyramids to a 10-year jail sentence.

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(as Richard Bare)

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(as Richard Bare)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Joe McDoakes is passing a traffic light sign, when suddenly the signal seems broke. It's going up and down and up and down. On the crossroad McDoakes is only barely able to prevent an accident. A traffic agent approaches him and asks for his papers. But McDoakes hasn't got them with him and he must pay a fine of two dollars for passing a red light. But Joe McDoakes is a stubborn man. He wants to prove to the whole world that he is not guilty. Instead of paying the fine, he asks for a jury trial. That doesn't seem like a good thing to do however. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Comedy | Short

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A rare entry in the Joe McDoakes series because there is no narrator. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[at a traffic light]
Alice McDoakes: Joe, wake up, it says go.
Joe McDoakes: Ah.
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Followed by So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956) See more »

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I Know That You Know
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Short redundancies
9 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this short on TCM. It's a fun short, but nothing terribly exciting or hilarious. It is filled with parodied clichés of lawyer/crime movies almost to the point of exhaustion. Some sight and physical comedic gags do not fit well, and it comes with the type of humor you would expect from a Looney Toon if it were live-humans instead of animated critters.

Our hero pleads "not guilty" until he finds himself facing 10 years in prison. It is at this point, around the 8 minute marker, that this little short finally feels like its taking off the ground but by the time you end your first laugh, our hero is ducking behind the big 8 Ball and "The End" is scribbled across the screen.

Worth watching if only for the sheer enjoyment of it being a short, a long lost cinematic tradition in an age when so many pop-tart films would be served in an 10 minute format.


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