Metro has wrapped Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell, among other names, around a popular Skelton radio phrase that's used for the film's title, and the net result is moderate entertainment.
Metro has wrapped Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell, among other names, around a popular Skelton radio phrase that’s used for the film’s title, and the net result is moderate entertainment.I Dood It is by Metro’s usual standards, not one of its best musicals, but that’s due mostly to the screenplay. While the plot of a musical can generally be accepted only as a cue for the song-and-dance, the failing is particularly apparent in Dood It. The yarn is too unbelievable, though the absurdities fashioned for Skelton have their compensations in the actual performance. Story is a retake of an old situation, dealing with the love of a valet aide for a dancing star. Skelton courts Powell from a distance, a fashion plate through borrowing his customers’ clothes. Then follows a series of situations that find him mixed up in a ‘spite’ marriage with Powell, followed by his discovery and rout of a spy plot. It’s all very hectic and uncertain, but pretends to be nothing more than a vehicle for the comic’s fol-de-rol.
I Dood It
M-G-M. Director Vincente Minnelli; Producer Jack Cummings; Screenplay Sig Herzig, Fred Saidy; Camera Ray June; Editor Robert J. Kern; Music George Stoll (dir.)
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 102 MIN.
Red Skelton Eleanor Powell Lena Horne Patricia Dane Richard Ainley Sam Levene