I Dood It

I Dood It

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

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



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.

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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: 39,968

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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