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An angel-in-training has trouble watching over a careless driver, and must plead his case before the Judge Angel. | Add synopsis »
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Forget how your loved ones will feel if you die in an automobile accident, just think about how once your dead you can't help with the war effort! See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Edmon Ryan ... Joe Doakes

George Mathews ... Guardian Angel

Dick Gordon ... The Judge
Del Sharbutt ... Narrator (voice)
Arthur W. Magee ... Himself - Commissioner of State of New Jersey Dept. of Motor Vehicles

Directed by
Warren Murray 
Original Music by
Samuel Benavie 
Cinematography by
George Webber 
Film Editing by
Richard Carver 
Sound Department
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound (as E.F. Zatorsky)
Other crew
Leo R. Welch .... technical advisor

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20 min
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The first short featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988)See more »
Continuity: The type of car Joe drives changes several times.See more »


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Forget how your loved ones will feel if you die in an automobile accident, just think about how once your dead you can't help with the war effort!, 15 April 2012
Author: Aaron1375

This short that precedes the film "King Dinosaur" on an episode of MST3K, is a public safety short on driving safely. This short starts off on the wrong foot as a commissioner for driving in Jersey or something tells us, the audience that driving kills potential workers. What? So instead of trying to tell how if you die you are going to leave behind grieving loved ones, you want to say that if you die, you will no longer be able to punch in and out for work and help with the military effort? So, suffice to say, this short is dreadfully dated as these days most of us would rather die behind the wheel than put up with another day on the job as most jobs in the U.S. these days are dreadfully pointless and just simply away to consume one's day and earn a paycheck. Well after the introduction by the emotionless commissioner, we are treated to a film where a horrible driver is finally killed and is sent to heaven for judgment. Not an expert of the bible, but I am pretty sure they never really covered driving...not even in the new testament. A guardian angel recounts the horrible driving his charge has done and we get to be bored by it. I figured when you went to heaven, you were going to be judged for the amount of sins you committed and things of that nature, nope it is all about driving skills. Sorry elderly, apparently when your driving skills erode so does your chances of making it into heaven.

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