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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Belden
Liz Bullitt
Cyrus Random, Jr.
Harvey Bullitt
Daisy Lou Shultzer
Mayor Fred Haskell
Mrs. Belden
Mrs. Matilda Bullitt
Ben Parrott (as Guy Anderson)
Cyrus Random, Sr.
Marjorie Wood ...
Mrs. Cyrus Random Sr.
Lee Scott ...
Horace Antler
Mr. Antler
Jim Hayward ...
Nick Tosca
Race judge


Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl friend believes in him. When he's halfway successful, another woman tries to win his heart, and his girl-friend thinks he has quit with her. But on a race for those new horse-less vehicles, he gets in trouble and only his former girl friend is able to help him... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

29 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The automobile is the 1892 Philion Road Carriage. It is currently on display at the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. See more »


Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »


Lorelei Brown
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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The horseless carriage
3 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching Excuse My Dust I couldn't help thinking that this would have been a better vehicle for that other redheaded comedian Danny Kaye. The character of the inventor would have suited Kaye's persona far better than Red Skelton.

That being said Red did well enough with this comedy set in those Gay Nineties when he's one of many people who are starting to experiment with the horseless carriage. He might not follow through well enough with the execution, but he's definitely got the right idea as he's got prototype vacuum cleaners and garbage disposal machines as well.

But when you're courting Sally Forrest and her father William Demarest makes his living with a livery stable that causes most of Red's problems. Not to mention pretentious vamp Monica Lewis who's from St. Louis, but her year abroad has her sporting a French accent.

I have to single out MacDonald Carey who looks like he was having a ball playing Red's rival in romance and racing. All Carey had to do was grow a handlebar mustache long enough for twirling. He was doing a great Snidely Whiplash.

Excuse My Dust is a pleasant enough Red Skelton comedy. Arthur Schwartz and Dorothy Fields wrote some rather forgettable songs. Danny Kaye could have gotten in on the musical numbers.

But Skelton fans will like this.

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