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So You Want to Be on a Jury (1955)

Joe and Homer are both on a jury trying an accident case involving their boss and a gangster. Interference from both sides makes their task difficult.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)


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George O'Hanlon ...
Jackson Wheeler ...


Joe and Homer are both on a jury trying an accident case involving their boss and a gangster. Interference from both sides makes their task difficult.

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

7 May 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)
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Only entry in the Joe McDoakes series in which an actor other than George O'Hanlon (McDoakes) receives screen credit (Jackson Wheeler). See more »


Follows So You Think You Can't Sleep (1953) See more »


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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Whatt? Me on a Jury?? (Bleep) no!!!
28 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IT WAS BOUIND to happen. We knew that the premise of just what fun can be poked at the judicial system would be on the MC DOAKESIAN agenda.

OH SURE, BRUSHES with the law abound in so many other episodes of this series; as well as about every other that one can imagine. That would include, but not limited to Chaplin Keaton Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, the Stooges, Abbott & Costello en ad infinitum.

BUT THEN THESE above mentioned forays into the topic were, for the most part, variations on the Citizen vs. Beat Cop. With a few exceptions to the premise, for whatever reason courtroom anti-drama is a rare occurrence.

THE ACTION THAT we will see in this installment becomes crystal clear once we see that Ben Welden is on trial. He is the guy who made a living out portraying hi best character for probably 40+ years.

DURING THE COURSE of this short's unfolding, probably every one of the oldest, corniest and most obvious of related gags were paraded out before the cameras. In rapid fire succession we were given a primer on the basic sight gag, the obvious pun and what man would consider low brow,. vulgar humor.

AND THE RESULT is..........??

THE FINAL PRODUCT(ion) turns out to be at least one of the better laugh getters in the series history!

LET'S HEAR IT for the Cast & Crew!! (Roll the Credits, Schultz!)

SO YOU WANT TO BE ON A JURY: Writer/Director Richard L. Bare, writer(uncredited) & star George O'Hanlon, Jackson Wheeler co-starring status, Phil Arnold, Al Bain, Arthur Q. Bryan, Eddie Foster, James Gonzalez, Jack Gordon, Creighton Hale, Shep Houghton, Jack Mower, Emory Parnell, Phil Van Zandt, Ben Weldon, Harry Wilson, Tom Wilson.

Photography: Ellsworth Frdericks A.S.C., Editor: Rex Steele, Art Director: John Beckman, Sound tech: Francis J. Scheid, Music: William Lava. (Cast & Crew believed to be complete.)

"Th-th-th-th-th-th-that's All Folks!"

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