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Watch the Birdie (1950)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 12 January 1951 (USA)
A cameraman helps a heiress to get rid off her finacial adviser, who wants to get her money.

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Rusty Cammeron / Pop Cammeron / Grandpop Cammeron
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Lucia Corlane
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Miss Lucky Vista
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Grantland D. Farns
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Mrs. Shanway (as Pam Britton)
Richard Rober ...
Mr. Hugh Shanway
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"Rusty" Cammeron tries to get out of debt by doing some free-lance newsreel photography, but his efforts fall woefully short and end in some kind of mishap. Lucia Corlaine rescues him from drowning and he falls madly in love with her. Lucia, a wealthy young lady, is trying to build a real estate project but a group of crooks and swindlers are out to stop her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Clicks with the Chicks

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12 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Brustbild bitte!  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Great Turkey Escape scenes were filmed in an under-construction housing development in the Northwest quadrant of Crenshaw Boulevard and 190th Street, Torrance, California. The turkeys required persuasion to leave their enclosure on the back of a truck. Encouragement was applied by men with poles, out of camera view. The scene required at least two takes, with the birds rounded up from their pen (also out of view) and returned to the truck. Red Skelton came out of a background house during one of the roundups, saw the 12-year-old lad who had ridden up on his bike, smiled and waved. See more »

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When Rusty is in the doctor's office, he starts to open the door to the dressing room. In the next shot from inside the dressing room, he opens the door again. See more »

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Grandpop Cammeron: All women are sweet.
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Featured in So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (2004) See more »

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25 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Red Skelton takes a leaf out of Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers' book and plays three generations in Watch The Birdie. Red plays the grandfather, father, and son who own a camera shop.

During the course of the film Red comes to the attention of the beautiful Arlene Dahl who has inherited a construction company from her father. The last project her father was on is a site that rival construction company owner Leon Ames wants very badly and is not above chicanery to get it.

The other woman in Red's life is Ann Miller who while she doesn't dance a step uses that figure to full advantage. Jane Russell had nothing on Miller for being a full figure gal. Miller is a beauty contest winner and her character is drawn from the one who chased Jules Munshin in On The Town.

There's a very funny sequence with Red and Dick Wessel as the two try to change clothes in a small dressing room with Skelton having a cold and sneezing all over the place. The climax chase scene with the bad guys chasing Skelton and Dahl is also well staged.

Fans of Red Skelton will like Watch The Birdie.


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