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I Dood It (1943)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Musical | September 1943 (USA)
A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Sig Herzig (screenplay), Fred Saidy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Joseph Rivington Renolds
Eleanor Powell ... Constance Shaw
Richard Ainley ... Larry West
Patricia Dane ... Suretta Brenton
Sam Levene ... Ed Jackson
Thurston Hall ... Kenneth Lawlor
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra ... Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Helen O'Connell Helen O'Connell ... Helen O'Connell
Bob Eberly ... Bob Eberly
John Hodiak ... Roy Hartwood
Butterfly McQueen ... Annette
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Spelvin
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Storyline

Constance Shaw is a dance star on Broadway, Joseph Rivington Renolds is a keen fan of her. After she is fed up with her fiance, she meets Joseph and marries him, because she thinks he is the owner of a mine. But that's a misunderstanding, he works at a cleaning shop. After disturbing rehearsals he is thrown out of the theater, but when he sneaks in again, he discovers an actor talking about a bomb he wants to set in the theater to blow up an ammunition store next door. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mademoiselle ma femme See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Friday 26 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 22 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 4 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in New Haven CT 6 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Portland OR 14 October 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in both Altoona PA and in Honolulu 20 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and on KHVH (Channel 13), in Binghamton NY 3 November 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Hartford CT 10 December 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Columbus 19 December 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Tampa 28 December 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in both Cincinnati and San Francisco 4 January 1958 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY) and on KGO (Channel 7) , in Phoenix 11 January 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Spokane 10 February 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), and in Chicago 20 April 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2); Red didn't Dood It in Minneapolis until 31 May 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11) and in New York City until 3 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Promoter: How's the piano, Hazel?
[Hazel runs her fingers up and down the keyboard]
Hazel Scott: I guess it'll hold up.
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Remake of Spite Marriage (1929) See more »

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Lord and Lady Gate
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Music by Gene de Paul
Excerpts played as part of the score
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Silly comedy enlivened by some glittering production numbers...
7 January 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

You have to be a die-hard RED SKELTON fan to approve of his slapstick performance in I DOOD IT, but some of his routines just fall flat. He and ELEANOR POWELL have to deal with a less than spectacular script in which he's mistaken for a wealthy man when he's actually a pants presser. The gags that follow are weak, for the most part, but occasionally some bright bits of humor do crop up along the way.

For comic timing, nothing beats the scene where Powell takes the sleep medicine by mistake and Skelton is unable to wake her up to either put her in a chair or on a bed. Her limber body provides a lot of chuckles as he struggles to get her off the floor. The timing by both is impeccable and it's one of the film's best routines.

Too bad her dance numbers aren't staged as well as that sequence which runs a little too long. They're serviceable, but that's about all.

Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra play some nice tunes, best of which is "Star Eyes" sung by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell. An "audition" scene featuring Hazel Scott at the piano and Lena Horne as vocalist on "Jericho" is a lively routine that gives the film a much needed musical highlight.

But for both Skelton and Powell, this is one of their lesser efforts. Sam Levene, Thurston Hall, John Hodiak and Richard Ainley offer good support.


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