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Caught Plastered (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 5 September 1931 (USA)
Wheeler and Woolsey play two unemployed vaudevillians who get involved in helping an old lady save her moribund drug store. Problems and laughs begin when the villain spikes the Lemon Sodas they are selling.

Directors:

William A. Seiter (as William Seiter), William A. Seiter

Writers:

Douglas MacLean (by), Ralph Spence (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Tommy Tanner
Robert Woolsey ... Egbert G. Higginbothom
Dorothy Lee ... Peggy Morton
Lucy Beaumont ... Mother Talley
Jason Robards Sr. ... Harry Waters (as Jason Robards)
Charles Middleton ... Sheriff Flint (as Charles B. Middleton)
DeWitt Jennings ... Police Chief H.A. Morton (as De Witt Jennings)
Josephine Whittell ... Miss Newton
Jim Farley ... Clancy - a Policeman (as James Farley)
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Wheeler and Woolsey play two unemployed vaudevillians who get involved in helping an old lady save her moribund drug store. Problems and laughs begin when the villain spikes the Lemon Sodas they are selling.

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Let These Whooping Drug Store Cowboys Fill Your Laugh Prescription! (Print Ad- Daily News, ((Ludington, Mich.)) 9 October 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

This film was mildly successful at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $90,000 ($1.45M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Tanner: Have you ever stopped to wonder what you'd do if you had Rockefeller's money?
Egbert G. Higginbothom: No, but I've stopped and wondered what he'd do if he had mine.
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits: Animated train sequence background with the engine making wacky movements in time with the opening musical theme. See more »

Connections

References The Easiest Way (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fountain in the Park
(1884) (uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Written by Ed Haley
Performed by Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey
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Delightful Wheeler & Woolsey Comedy
11 March 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Two failed vaudevillians take on the task of helping a sweet old lady save her rundown drugstore from foreclosure. Reinvigorating the establishment with a lunch counter & live radio broadcast, they soon have the business thriving. However, when a crooked businessman attempts to smear the place as a speakeasy, will the boys be able to trace the bootleg liquor, or simply get CAUGHT PLASTERED?

Wheeler & Woolsey are in top form in this sadly neglected comedy. (Bert Wheeler is the curly-headed fellow, Robert Woolsey is the skinny, bespectacled one.) Always much fun to watch, they've got great dialogue here and they keep it coming rapid fire. Their gags at the expense of the drugstore patrons (society lady, nasty kid, effeminate gentleman, demanding diners) are often hilarious. Once very popular, it's a shame this delightful duo has been virtually forgotten.

Frequent co-star Dorothy Lee is still kewpie-doll cute. Lucy Beaumont is darling as the little old lady. Jason Robards Sr. is effective as the suave crook.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1931 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$281,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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