Half a Hero

Overview

Red Skelton does his best with the situation-comedy trappings of Half a Hero. A sort of poor man's Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, the story concerns one Ben Dobson Skelton, whose wife Martha Jean Hagen talks him into leaving the big city and moving into a suburban housing development. Unfortunately, Ben doesn't make enough money to support his new life style, but Martha refuses to consider moving back downtown. When Ben's boss tells him to write a magazine article about the disadvantages of suburbia, Ben ...
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Overview

Red Skelton does his best with the situation-comedy trappings of Half a Hero. A sort of poor man's Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, the story concerns one Ben Dobson Skelton, whose wife Martha Jean Hagen talks him into leaving the big city and moving into a suburban housing development. Unfortunately, Ben doesn't make enough money to support his new life style, but Martha refuses to consider moving back downtown. When Ben's boss tells him to write a magazine article about the disadvantages of suburbia, Ben seizes upon the opportunity, hoping to teach his wife a lesson, and then, suddenly and improbably, our hero has a change of heart. Domestic comedy was not Red Skelton's forte, but he manages to extract a few laughs with the material at hand. Much funnier within the film's context is Kathleen Freeman as a "welcome wagon" lady and Willard Waterman as an unctuous real estate broker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2012
  • UPC: 883316510032
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,877

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Ben Dobson
Jean Hagen Martha Dobson
Charles Dingle Mr. Bascomb
Willard Waterman Mr. McEstway
Mary Wickes Mrs. Watts
Hugh Corcoran Pete Dobson
Dorothy Patrick Edna Radwell
King Donovan Sam Redwell
Billie Bird Ernestine
Dabbs Greer George Payson
Kathleen Freeman Welcomer
Polly Bergen Guest Appearance
Frank Cady Mr. Watts
Technical Credits
Don Weis Director
Newell P. Kimlin Editor
Matthew Rapf Producer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Max Shulman Screenwriter
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Half a Hero
1. Chapter 1 [1:03]
2. Chapter 2 [2:48]
3. Chapter 3 [1:45]
4. Chapter 4 [1:20]
5. Chapter 5 [2:12]
6. Chapter 6 [1:23]
7. Chapter 7 [2:09]
8. Chapter 8 [1:42]
9. Chapter 9 [3:06]
10. Chapter 10 [3:17]
11. Chapter 11 [2:18]
12. Chapter 12 [2:32]
13. Chapter 13 [2:34]
14. Chapter 14 [3:04]
15. Chapter 15 [2:16]
16. Chapter 16 [3:26]
17. Chapter 17 [3:16]
18. Chapter 18 [2:40]
19. Chapter 19 [3:00]
20. Chapter 20 [2:12]
21. Chapter 21 [1:06]
22. Chapter 22 [2:38]
23. Chapter 23 [2:38]
24. Chapter 24 [2:48]
25. Chapter 25 [3:34]
26. Chapter 26 [1:14]
27. Chapter 27 [4:30]
28. Chapter 28 [1:34]
29. Chapter 29 [2:44]
30. Chapter 30 [:24]
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Disc #1 -- Half a Hero
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