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Excuse My Dust (1951)

Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl ... See full summary »

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Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Joe Belden
Sally Forrest ... Liz Bullitt
Macdonald Carey ... Cyrus Random, Jr.
William Demarest ... Harvey Bullitt
Monica Lewis ... Daisy Lou Shultzer
Raymond Walburn ... Mayor Fred Haskell
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Belden
Lillian Bronson ... Mrs. Matilda Bullitt
Herbert Anderson ... Ben Parrott (as Guy Anderson)
Paul Harvey ... Cyrus Random, Sr.
Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Cyrus Random Sr.
Lee Scott Lee Scott ... Horace Antler
Alex Gerry ... Mr. Antler
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Nick Tosca
Will Wright ... Race judge
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Storyline

Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl friend believes in him. When he's halfway successful, another woman tries to win his heart, and his girl-friend thinks he has quit with her. But on a race for those new horse-less vehicles, he gets in trouble and only his former girl friend is able to help him... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile See more »

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Budget:

$1,789,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The automobile is the 1892 Philion Road Carriage. It is currently on display at the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. See more »

Goofs

A few times during the race, wide tire tracks from more modern automobiles can be seen on the dirt roads. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

That's for Children
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Monica Lewis, Red Skelton and Chorus
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MGM really blew it on this one....
28 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Red plays an inventor who has been working on building a very early internal combustion gasoline auto (the 1890s). However, he fails again and again and everyone in town thinks he's a nut. Late in the film he finally perfects his car and enters 'the big race' to prove everyone is wrong.

Red Skelton did some very charming and funny films. However, "Excuse My Dust" is a rare miss--mostly because the studio (MGM) wouldn't allow him to be who he was. Skelton was a comic--and one who had a great knack for getting the audience to like him. However, here the writers didn't respect Skelton for who he was and instead tried to fit him into the MGM mold--with lots of beautiful Technicolor and lots of songs. Skelton was not a singer (his voice wasn't bad but this was obviously NOT why he was in films) and they tried to make it a musical comedy not a comedy--a serious mistake. All too often, humor seems (at best) secondary and the film has very few laughs--too few. Additionally, the film had way too much plot--and often (such as during the big race near the end) the plot seemed more important than laughs or his character. So what we're left with is a pretty looking film with lots of music and few laughs. Because of this, I recommend you try one of his other films--such as "Watch the Birdie" or "The Yellow Cab Man".


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