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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 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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When Red Skelton runs and jumps onto the fire truck, it is a reenactment of a Buster Keaton gag from The Cameraman (1928). 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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Lucia Corlane: Your father's a darling.
Rusty Cammeron: I'm his only son. You look so wonderful it's silly to ask, how are you?
Lucia Corlane: I'm very well; I'm also a customer.
Rusty Cammeron: Oh, well I'm rather disappointed.
Lucia Corlane: You mean you don't want to sell anything?
Rusty Cammeron: Well, no. When I look at you, I don't think of business; that is, well, if I had a store, I would give you anything and - Well, I do have a store and - Here.
[goes behind the counter and takes a camera down from the shelf]
Rusty Cammeron: Take that as a souvenir, I was going to throw it away anyhow.
Lucia Corlane: Thank ...
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Cammeron's Cameras
25 August 2014 | by 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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