Hold 'Em Jail

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 byNorman Taurog
Produced byHarry Joe Brown (associate producer)
David O. Selznick (executive producer)
Written byWalter 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)
StarringWheeler and Woolsey
Edna May Oliver
Edgar Kennedy
Betty Grable
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
September 16, 1932
Running time
66 min.
CountryUnited States
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 office

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


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