I Dood It

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In later years, director Vincente Minnelli would dismiss I Dood It as his worst picture, though a more deserving candidate for that "honor" would be Minnelli's valedictory film A Matter of Time. In this remake of Buster Keaton's Spite Marriage, Red Skelton plays pants-presser Joseph Rivington Reynolds, who develops a crush on glamorous stage star Constance Shaw (Eleanor Powell). "Borrowing" a tuxedo from one of his customers, Joe courts Constance backstage and at a fancy nightclub. Jilted by her fiance, the temperamental Constance marries Joe out of spite, leading to a series of silly situations. In the original Spite Marriage, Buster Keaton proved his worth to the heroine by rescuing her from bootleggers: in the remake, Joe saves Constance from a nest of Nazi spies. Some of the routines-notably a scene in which Joe makes a shambles of a Civil War play, and a lengthy bit in which he puts his drunken bride to bed-were lifted directly from Spite Marriage, no surprise considering that Buster Keaton was one of the I Dood It gag writers. Musical highlights are provided by Lena Horne, Hazel Scott and Jimmy Dorsey, while the film's finale is lifted bodily from the 1936 Eleanor Powell musical Born to Dance.


Red Skelton
as Joseph 'Joe' Rivington Renolds
Eleanor Powell
as Miss Constance 'Connie' Shaw
John Hodiak
as Roy Hartwood
Patricia Dane
as Suretta Brenton
Richard Ainley
as Larry West
Sam Levene
as Ed Jackson
Thurston Hall
as Kenneth Lawlor
Lena Horne
as Herself
Hazel Scott
as Herself
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Spelvin
Andrew Tombes
as Mr. Spelvin
Bob Eberly
as Himself
Jimmy Dorsey
as Himself
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