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Go Chase Yourself (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 22 April 1938 (USA)
When the First Union National Bank of Williamstown is robbed, the three bank robbers get away by hitching their car to Wilbur's trailer. When the police find part of Wilbur's coat in front ... See full summary »


Edward F. Cline


Paul Yawitz (screen play), Bert Granet (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Joe Penner ... Wilbur Meeley
Lucille Ball ... Carol Meeley
Richard Lane ... Nails
June Travis ... Judy Daniels
Fritz Feld ... Count Pierre Fountaine de Louis-Louis
Tom Kennedy ... Icebox
Granville Bates ... Halliday
Bradley Page ... Frank
George Irving ... Mr. Daniels
Arthur Stone ... Warden
Jack Carson ... Warren Miles
Frank M. Thomas ... Police Chief


When the First Union National Bank of Williamstown is robbed, the three bank robbers get away by hitching their car to Wilbur's trailer. When the police find part of Wilbur's coat in front of the open safe, they suspect bank teller Wilbur of being in on the robbery. But according to Carol, Wilbur is not smart enough to rob a bank and it shows. While on the run, they come into contact with Julie, the copper heiress, and make plans to have Wilbur help kidnap her. Of course, Wilbur has no clue as to their true intentions. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Crime


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Final film of Arthur Stone. See more »


When Judy is in the convertible with her parents, about a half hour into the picture, she turns around to say good-bye to Wilbur when a moving reflection of the boom microphone is visible on the trunk of the car. Usually in that era of film, a car's finish is dulled, dirtied or matte to prevent this. Earlier in the scene, what appears to be a man standing beside the camera rig is also reflected in the polished finish of the same car. See more »

Crazy Credits

No character names are credited with the cast list; Joe Penner's surname is spelled both as "Meeley" and "Meely" within the film. See more »


I'm from the City
Music and Lyrics by Hal Raynor
Played during the opening credits
Sung a cappella by Joe Penner (uncredited) and Richard Lane (uncredited)
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screwball ridiculousness
15 July 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bumbling bank teller Wilbur Meeley (Joe Penner) lets out the bank's secret vault to a gang of robbers casing the joint. He wins a trailer and pulls it home under his own power. His wife Carol (Lucille Ball) is no fan of the trailer and sends him to sleep in it. That night, the robbers come back for the vault. As they make their escape, they find and hook up the trailer pretending to be a family on vacation. Wilbur becomes the clueless prisoner of the gang. Carol reports him missing but the manager accuses Wilbur of being the one who stole the $50k.

I've never heard of Joe Penner who is a long forgotten vaudeville star during the Depression era. I can see his wacky voice being funny on the radio. As a movie lead, he's a bit schlubby. He's no leading man. He's more a comedic sidekick. The screwball comedy plot is a mess of convenient encounters and random connections. I'm not sure if it actually makes sense or that it matters. It gets more and more crazy. I actually admire the random sitcom plotting. The biggest aspect is of course Lucille Ball. She's a tall drink of water with a very unique voice. She has her moments even as a side character. She's kinda pretty and can really work her comedic face. This is not necessarily laugh out loud today although I can see the audience of yesteryear having a good time.

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Release Date:

22 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster d'occasion See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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