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Hold 'Em Jail is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film starring Wheeler and Woolsey. They play a couple of boobs who are wrongfully convicted for firearm possession and sent to prison, where they somehow end up playing on the warden's football team.

Hold 'Em Jail
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Harry Joe Brown (associate producer)
David O. Selznick (executive producer)
Written by Walter DeLeon (screenplay)
S.J. Perelman (screenplay)
Eddie Welch (screenplay)
Mark Sandrich (screenplay)
Tim Whelan (story)
Lew Lipton (story)
John P. Medbury (radio dialogue)
Albert Ray (continuity)
Starring Wheeler and Woolsey
Edna May Oliver
Edgar Kennedy
Betty Grable
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Leonard Smith
Edited by Arthur Roberts
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
September 16, 1932
Running time
66 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $408,000[1]
Box office $511,000[1]

Rare for the duo, it's a straight comedy with no musical numbers. The title is a pun on the then-popular college cheer, "Hold 'em, Yale."



Box officeEdit

According to RKO records the film recorded a loss of $55,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57

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