Caught in the Act (January 17, 1941)
Released on January 17, 1941: The foreman of a construction company gets arrested on his daughter's wedding day when he is mistaken for a local gangster.
Produced by Ted Richmond
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Written by Robert James Cosgriff with screenplay by Al Martin
The Actors: Henry Armetta (Mike Ripportella), Iris Meredith (Lucy Pipportella), Robert Baldwin (reporter Jim Keene), Charles Miller (Leonard Brandon, construction company owner), Inez Palange (Mary Ripportella), Richard Terry (gangster Henderson), Joey Ray (gangster Davis), Maxine Leslie (Fay Kingman), William Newell (Police Sergeant Riley), Lane Chandler (policeman), Jack Mulhall (policeman), George McKay (Howard), Jerome Sheldon (lawyer Jamison)
Poor Mike . . .
Mike is a hard-working Italian-American who runs construction jobs for his boss Mr. Brandon. On the day before his daughter is supposed to be married to a young reporter Mike thinks he will be fired by the boss, but after a sleepless night worrying about his job he discovers that his boss is not letting him go, but rather promoting him to salesman . . . and this is where the trouble begins. It seems that a bunch of gangsters called Fidelity Enterprises is forcing construction companies to purchase sub-standard building materials from them for big money, and if the owner won't go along with the gangsters they threaten to ruin the company and kill Mike. If this wasn't enough trouble for the easy-going fellow, on his way home a sexy blonde gangsters' gal jumps into his car and forces Mike to drive her at high speeds through the busy city to get away from a gangster who is chasing her. Of course Mike finally stops his car when he reaches his neighborhood and tells the girl to get out of the car, and she does . . . after planting a big kiss on his cheek and leaving a perfect outline of lipstick lips on his rugged cheek that his loving wife will discover the minute he walks into his house. Poor Mike . . . He has no idea of the trouble that he will cause and become the center of because of his Italian accent and the misunderstandings that it will cause when the police grab him . . . Oh yeah . . . and his tender loving wife . . . loving yes, tender . . . not so much . . . As the cops arrest her husband, even though she is mad at him for letting a blonde hussy kiss him, she will give a big cop a black eye for taking her hubby to jail, and she will also spend the night in a jail cell . . . next to the blonde who kissed her hubby! The confusion continues as Mike and his boss are mistaken for the gangsters . . . and then when Mike finally gets out of jail he goes right into the hands of the real gangsters who still want to rub him out. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Henry Armetta after a long day of work
Henry Armetta and Robert Baldwin
Henry Armetta and Joey Ray
Inez Palange and Charles Miller
Ines Palange and Henry Armetta
Inez Palange and Iris Meredith
Iris Meredith and Robert Baldwin
Jerome Sheldon, Joey Ray and Richard Terry
Jerome Sheldon and Richard Terry
Joey Ray and Richard Terry
Maxine Leslie and Henry Armetta
Richard Terry, Henry Armetta and Joey Ray
Robert Baldwin and William Newell