Watch the Birdie

Watch the Birdie

Director: Jack Donohue

Cast: Jack Donohue, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller

     
 
Watch the Birdie is a remake of Buster Keaton's The Cameraman; in fact, Keaton served as technical advisor, though it seems that most of his advice went unheeded. Red Skelton stars as photo-shop proprietor Rusty Cameron, who dreams of becoming an ace cinematographer. This gets him mixed up with a gang of crooked land developers, headed by Grantland D.

Overview

Watch the Birdie is a remake of Buster Keaton's The Cameraman; in fact, Keaton served as technical advisor, though it seems that most of his advice went unheeded. Red Skelton stars as photo-shop proprietor Rusty Cameron, who dreams of becoming an ace cinematographer. This gets him mixed up with a gang of crooked land developers, headed by Grantland D. Farns (Leon Ames). Rusty's photographic aspirations also mess up his romantic life with Lucia Corlaine (Arlene Dahl), who just can't understand why Rusty spends so much time with contest winner "Miss Lucky Vista" (Ann Miller). The best scene involves Rusty Cameron's man-to-man talks with his father and grandfather -- both of whom are also played by Red Skelton. Revived material from The Cameraman includes the scene wherein Skelton shares a crackerbox dressing room with surly Dick Wessel. Watch the Birdie winds things up with a zany slapstick chase, capped by one of the most abrupt endings in motion-picture history.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of Red Skelton will enjoy Watch the Birdie, a pleasant little comedic outing that doesn't rank among the funny man's finest. The set- up, taken from Buster Keaton's The Cameraman, is solid enough: would-be photographer accidentally films a business scam, which fact gets him involved in plot complications. But the trio of screenwriters don't really run with the idea. They use it as a springboard for comedic situations which, for the most part, just don't come off as amusingly as they should. There are some genuine laughs, though, starting off with an amusing credits sequence in which Skelton comments amusingly about the people involved. The tiny shared dressing room sequence is also good for a few guffaws, and while the end chase sequence is not as consistently funny as it should be, it does work on the whole. Skelton is in fine form, but also not at his best; even in the sequence where he plays himself, his own father and his own grandfather, which should be a no-brainer, doesn't show off his talents the way it should. The supporting cast is quite good, with Ann Miller scoring well and Arlene Dahl looking quite appealing.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2012
UPC:
0883316509296
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
31,964

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Pop Cameron,Grandpop Cameron,Rusty Cameron
Arlene Dahl Lucia Corlane
Ann Miller Miss Lucky Vista
Leon Ames Grantland D. Farns
Pamela Britton Mrs. Shanway
Richard Rober Hugh Shanway
Mike Mazurki Actor
Dick Wessel Man Who Undresses
Paula Drew Actor
Jacqueline Duval Starlet

Technical Credits
Jack Donohue Director
Devery Freeman Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Marshall Neilan Original Story
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Harry Ruskin Producer,Screenwriter
George Stoll Score Composer
Ivan Tors Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Robert Watts Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Watch the Birdie
1. Chapter 1 [1:22]
2. Chapter 2 [3:54]
3. Chapter 3 [1:07]
4. Chapter 4 [2:19]
5. Chapter 5 [1:19]
6. Chapter 6 [1:59]
7. Chapter 7 [1:32]
8. Chapter 8 [2:58]
9. Chapter 9 [1:31]
10. Chapter 10 [3:27]
11. Chapter 11 [2:30]
12. Chapter 12 [1:44]
13. Chapter 13 [4:53]
14. Chapter 14 [1:46]
15. Chapter 15 [4:12]
16. Chapter 16 [1:08]
17. Chapter 17 [2:02]
18. Chapter 18 [4:13]
19. Chapter 19 [3:17]
20. Chapter 20 [2:39]
21. Chapter 21 [3:20]
22. Chapter 22 [1:14]
23. Chapter 23 [2:29]
24. Chapter 24 [2:56]
25. Chapter 25 [2:56]
26. Chapter 26 [3:10]
27. Chapter 27 [2:17]
28. Chapter 28 [1:55]
29. Chapter 29 [:28]
30. Chapter 30 [:18]

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