Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile) (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile) (1951)

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Excuse My Dust is one of the few Red Skelton musicals in which Skelton is not obliged to share screen space with the likes of Eleanor Powell, Esther Williams or Fernando Lamas. Set in 1900, the film stars Red as zany inventor Joe Belden. Enchanted by the new-fangled horseless carriages, Belden vows to become the Henry Ford of his small community. The climax finds Joe competing in a cross-country auto race for a $5000 prize. Though light on slapstick, this closing sequences scores on the nostalgic value of the several genuine vintage autos pressed into service. Sally Forrest co-stars as Skelton's sweetheart, while MacDonald Carey plays his obnoxious rival. The songs for the most part are well-integrated into the story, save for one anachronistically modern production number (explained away as a "dream sequence" wherein Skelton imagines what life will be like in 1950!).
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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In Theaters:
 wide
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Cast

Red Skelton
as Joe Belden
Sally Forrest
as Liz Bullitt
Macdonald Carey
as Cyrus Random, Jr.
William Demarest
as Harvey Bullitt
Monica Lewis
as Daisy Lou Shultzer
Raymond Walburn
as Mayor Fred Haskell
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Belden
Lillian Bronson
as Mrs. Matilda Bullitt
Herbert Anderson
as Ben Parrot
Paul Harvey
as Cyrus Random Sr.
Marjorie Wood
as Mrs. Random Sr.
Lee Scott
as Horace Antler
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Antler
Jim Hayward
as Nick Tosca
Will Wright
as Race Judge
Sheree North
as Club Member
John Phillip Law
as uncredited
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Pleasant enough but rather uninspired; Monica Lewis is shown to good advantage, and Skelton and Forrest sing the film's best song, "Spring Has Sprung."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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