Caught Plastered

Caught Plastered is a 1931 American Pre-Code musical comedy film, released by RKO Radio Pictures starring the comedy team Wheeler & Woolsey.

Caught Plastered
Directed byWilliam Seiter
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Douglas MacLean (associate producer)
Written byDouglas MacLean
Ralph Spence (adaptation and dialogue)
Eddie Walsh (additional dialogue)
Jane Murfin (uncredited)
StarringBert Wheeler
Robert Woolsey
Dorothy Lee
Lucy Beaumont
Jason Robards
Music byVictor Schertzinger
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
September 5, 1931
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$549,000[1]


Tommy Tanner (Wheeler) and Egbert G. Higginbotham (Woolsey) are two vaudevillians who were kicked out of the last town they performed in. After fleeing to the town of Lockville, the duo befriend elderly widow Mother Talley (Lucy Beaumont). Mother is upset because she is unable to get customers into her drug store. In addition, Mother owes a payment on a bank note to Harry Watters (Jason Robards). Tommy and Egbert decide to turn Mother's drugstore into a money-making venture, even producing their own afternoon radio program right in the store. Harry, who wants to buy the store as part of a bootlegging operation, attempts to sell the duo an alcohol-laced drink, referring to it as "lemon-syrup". The "syrup" gains praise from everybody in town, until the police show up to close down the operation. Tommy and Egbert are suspicious of Harry, and it is up to them to find Harry, clear their name, and save Mother's store.



According to RKO the film made a profit of $90,000.[1]


  1. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p39

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