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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.

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

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

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George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Así que cree que es inocente See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of White Heat (1949). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[at a traffic light]
Alice McDoakes: Joe, wake up, it says go.
Joe McDoakes: Ah.
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Connections

Followed by So You Want to Wear the Pants (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know That You Know
(uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Very Funny
23 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in the series has Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) running a traffic light but instead of pleading guilty and paying two dollars, he decides to fight the charges, which just ends up costing him more fines and prison time. There were over sixty of these shorts made and they were certainly hit and miss but this here is one of the better ones. The entire situation is handled very well by director Bare who also wrote the screenplay, which has plenty of nice twists and turns throughout the nine minute running time. There are countless highlight but the best one is a scene where McDoakes is forced to break out of jail, which of course just gets him into more trouble. There's several scenes that perfectly spoof the gangster and courtroom drama films out at the time as well.


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