Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President

Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Robert B. Sinclair and written by Melville Baker. The film stars Ann Sothern, Lewis Stone, Walter Brennan, William Gargan, Marsha Hunt and Tom Neal.[1][2] The film was released on December 1, 1939, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert B. Sinclair
Produced byEdgar Selwyn
Screenplay byMelville Baker
Story byDamon Runyon
StarringAnn Sothern
Lewis Stone
Walter Brennan
William Gargan
Marsha Hunt
Tom Neal
Music byDavid Snell
Edward Ward
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 1, 1939 (1939-12-01)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


Brooklynites Ethel and Joe Turp (Sothern and Gargan) pay a visit to Washington, D.C. to see The President and ask for a pardon for their mailman, Jim (Brennan), who accidentally destroyed a registered letter.[1]



  1. "Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. "Joe And Ethel Turp Call On The President". TV Guide. Retrieved 28 November 2014.

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