I Dood It

I Dood It

Director: Vincente Minnelli, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Lena Horne

Cast: Vincente Minnelli, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Lena Horne

     
 
In later years, director Vincente Minnelli would dismiss I Dood It as his worst picture, though a more deserving candidate for that "honor" would be Minnelli's valedictory film A Matter of Time. In this remake of Buster Keaton's Spite Marriage, Red Skelton plays pants-presser Joseph Rivington Reynolds, who develops a crush on glamorous stage star

Overview

In later years, director Vincente Minnelli would dismiss I Dood It as his worst picture, though a more deserving candidate for that "honor" would be Minnelli's valedictory film A Matter of Time. In this remake of Buster Keaton's Spite Marriage, Red Skelton plays pants-presser Joseph Rivington Reynolds, who develops a crush on glamorous stage star Constance Shaw (Eleanor Powell). "Borrowing" a tuxedo from one of his customers, Joe courts Constance backstage and at a fancy nightclub. Jilted by her fiance, the temperamental Constance marries Joe out of spite, leading to a series of silly situations. In the original Spite Marriage, Buster Keaton proved his worth to the heroine by rescuing her from bootleggers: in the remake, Joe saves Constance from a nest of Nazi spies. Some of the routines-notably a scene in which Joe makes a shambles of a Civil War play, and a lengthy bit in which he puts his drunken bride to bed-were lifted directly from Spite Marriage, no surprise considering that Buster Keaton was one of the I Dood It gag writers. Musical highlights are provided by Lena Horne, Hazel Scott and Jimmy Dorsey, while the film's finale is lifted bodily from the 1936 Eleanor Powell musical Born to Dance.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those looking for some of the expected Vincente Minnelli magic won't find much of it in his I Dood It, but since has was brought on after filming had begun to salvage the project, that's to be expected. Dood may have been credited to Minnelli as director, but he was able to bring little of his customary grace and taste to the proceedings, which are firmly dominated by star Red Skelton and, to a somewhat lesser extent, by Eleanor Powell. It's not that Powell doesn't try to make the same impact as Skelton. She's in there with all her heart, giving that zillion-taps-a-minute that are expected of her, singing quite well and acting the tripe given to her as best she can. The problem is that Dood leans inexorably toward Skelton, so Powell's efforts don't have the effect they should. Skelton is certainly amusing, but he needs top drawer material, and he is definitely lacking that here. The gags are often good, but because the story and screenplay are so tired, they don't have a real context and therefore don't land the way they need to. There are some fine individual moments, including some beauteous singing by the beauteous Lena Horne, but the whole of the haphazard, sloppy Dood is very definitely less than the sum of its parts.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883316219836
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
1,695

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Joseph Rivington Reynolds
Eleanor Powell Constance Shaw
Lena Horne Herself
Patricia Dane Juretta Brenton
Richard Ainley Larry West
Sam Levene Ed Jackson
Thurston Hall Kenneth Lawlor
Hazel Scott Herself
John Hodiak Roy Hartwood
Butterfly McQueen Annette
Marjorie Gateson Mrs. Spelvin
Andrew Tombes Mr. Spelvin
Helen O'Connell Helen O'Connell
Bob Eberly Bob Eberly
Morris Ankrum Actor
Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Count Basie Songwriter
Lew Brown Songwriter
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Jack Cummings Producer
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Vernon Duke Songwriter
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Ted Fetter Songwriter
Ralph Freed Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Sig Herzig Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Robert J. Kern Editor
John Latouche Songwriter
Richard Myers Songwriter
Cole Porter Songwriter
Don Raye Songwriter
Leo Robin Songwriter
Fred Saidy Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision

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