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Nat Perrin (screenplay)
Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
December 1942 (USA) See more »
PUCKER UP!...and join the fun as the Radio crime buster becomes a belly-buster of laughs in the film's screamingest fun-fest! See more »
Radio sleuth Wally "The Fox" Benton forgoes his honeymoon to help his wife's old friend solve a murder and hunt for Civil War gold inside a spooky mansion and fort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Gone With The Wind" Actress Dies
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Ann Rutherford obituary
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Ann Rutherford: Gone With The Wind Actress Dies
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Red Skelton ... Wally 'The Fox' Benton

Ann Rutherford ... Carol Lambert
George Bancroft ... Sheriff Claude Stagg
Guy Kibbee ... Judge George Lee
Diana Lewis ... Ellamae Downs
Peter Whitney ... Frank V. Bailie
Rags Ragland ... Chester Conway / Sylvester 'Lester' Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Celia Travers ... Hattie Lee
Lucien Littlefield ... Corporal Lucken
Louis Mason ... Deputy Lem
Mark Daniels ... Martin Gordon
Pierre Watkin ... Doctor
Emmett Vogan ... Radio Producer
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Panky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Abbott ... Attendant (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Deputy Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Sound Effects Man (uncredited)
Charles Lung ... Brunner (uncredited)

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... The Black Boy (uncredited)
John Wald ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
S. Sylvan Simon 
Writing credits
Nat Perrin (screenplay)

Wilkie C. Mahoney (additional dialogue) (as Wilkie Mahoney)

Lawrence Hazard  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Jonathan Latimer  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton 
Cinematography by
Clyde De Vinna (director of photography) (as Clyde DeVinna)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hayes Goetz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
F. Keogh Gleason .... associate set decorator (as Keogh Gleason)
Gabriel Scognamillo .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8663)

Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 17, 1943 with Red Skelton reprising his film role.See more »
Factual errors: When The Fox finds the treasure chest, he holds up a coin and says, "Look, a $20 gold piece, 1839." The first $20 gold pieces were minted in 1850.See more »
Wally 'The Fox' Benton:What are you... a moron?
Chester Conway:Yeah, and well-organized!
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Movie Connections:
References Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)See more »
Yankee DoodleSee more »


What are the movies in the "Whistling" series?
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Good Old Red, 6 September 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This early Red Skelton comedy is one of several in which he portrayed an actor who was a radio detective called the Fox who also got mixed up in real mysteries, is quite agreeable, at times very funny, and handsomely filmed. The supporting cast, including pretty Ann Rutherford, and the not so pretty George Bancroft and Guy Kibbee, is good and doesn't play in the usual fright film spoof manner. This one isn't really all that inferior to the kind of film Bob Hope, Danny Kaye or for that matter Abbott and Costello were making at around the same time, but Skelton's appeal hasn't worn the years well. Like most comedians he tended to play "innocent" characters, but in his case there was a country bumpkin aspect. Skelton is decidedly not a city guy even when he's playing one. He looks out of place walking down a busy New York street in a double-breasted suit and fedora. There's a child-like quality to him, with none of the knowingness of a Harpo or a Lou Costello, that makes him at times embarrassing to watch. He belongs to another time, when people woke up to roosters rather than alarm clocks, and the first thing they did after breakfast was milk the cow, not jog around the block five times. Modern day hipness has eradicated the country boy sensibility, or removed it from the mainstream; and to a large degree hipness has become almost dictatorial, and can be measured by the extent to which naivite of any sort has been obliterated in our culture. Skelton's films offer a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era, as we can clearly see that behavior that was regarded as quite normal sixty years ago would be considered bizarre by today's standards, and not at all funny.

Anyway, back to Red. One area in which Skelton excels: he believes in the heroic ideal. He may not be the ideal screen hero, but when he swings into action you believe him, or his sincerity anyway; and when he gets the girl you can see him beaming. When Skelton triumphs in these silly comedies it's like virtue triumphing, not because Skelton has so much more virtue than the average person, but because he believes in it. I'd like to see Adam Sandler try that one on for size some time.

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