Review: ‘I Dood It’

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

Production

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.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Red Skelton Eleanor Powell Lena Horne Patricia Dane Richard Ainley Sam Levene
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