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Release Date:
12 July 1950 (USA) See more »
The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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That Crazy Little Kid can act See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Bert Kalmar

Red Skelton ... Harry Ruby

Vera-Ellen ... Jessie Brown Kalmar

Arlene Dahl ... Eileen Percy

Keenan Wynn ... Charlie Kope
Gale Robbins ... Terry Lordel

Gloria DeHaven ... Mrs. Carter De Haven
Phil Regan ... Himself
Harry Shannon ... Clanahan

Debbie Reynolds ... Helen Kane
Paul Harvey ... Al Masters
Carleton Carpenter ... Dan Healy
George Metkovich ... Al Schacht
Harry Mendoza ... Himself (as The Great Mendoza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Pianist at Party (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ann Cavendish ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Prop Man (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Elzie Emanuel ... Kid Who Tells Harry the Ball Score (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Coach (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Messenger (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Marty - City Editor (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Boy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Pianist in Clanahan's (uncredited)
Helen Kane ... Helen Kane (singing voice) (uncredited)
Frank Kelleher ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Stage Manager in Buffalo (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Piano Mover (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Piano Mover (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Callboy (uncredited)
John McKee ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Beverly Michaels ... Shipboard Woman (uncredited)
Fred Millican ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Edward F. Nulty ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Jack Paepke ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Joe Peterson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jerry Priddy ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Ruby ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Juice Vendor (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Barker at Clanahan's (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Director (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Waiter / Theatre Usher (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lou Stringer ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Johnny the Waiter (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Philip Goodman (uncredited)
John B. Williams ... Waiter in Clanahan's (uncredited)
Pat Williams ... Magician's Assistant (uncredited)
George Woods ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Phyllis Woodward ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
Writing credits
George Wells (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... hair stylist
Jane Baldwin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Eddie Polo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lee Katz .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Glazer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound recordist
Ralph A. Pender .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Donnell .... grip (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
C.A. Philbrick .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Worl .... gaffer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
André Previn .... musical director
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... choreographer
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Harry Ruby .... technical advisor
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

A billboard for the Marx Brothers in Animal Crackers (1930) is seen in the film.See more »
Continuity: When Harry hurts his hand playing baseball with the Washington Senators, his glove is knocked off of his left hand and he holds the index finger on that hand in obvious pain. Immediately afterward, when he is having difficulty playing the piano because of his injury, he has a bandage on his right index finger.See more »
Harry Ruby:I got plenty of tunes in me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at HomeSee more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
That Crazy Little Kid can act, 4 February 2003
Author: ( from Santa Maria, CA

This is my favorite of all Red Skelton's movies; he does a fine job as Ruby and his partnership with Kalmar, played by Fred Astaire who wrote many songs back in the 1920s and 30s. Of course, the music is grand and the dancing of Astaire and Vera-Ellen is most enjoyable. And the beautiful Arlene Dahl is the wife of Red. I thought she was more gorgeous than Rita Hayworth. Of particular note, a cute little blonde got her start in films as the voice of that Betty Boop girl, Helen Kane. She was Debbie Reynolds who sang "I Want to be Loved By You". Lots of the good old songs!

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