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Joe Belden
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Liz Bullitt
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Cyrus Random, Jr.
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Harvey Bullitt
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Daisy Lou Shultzer
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Mayor Fred Haskell
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Mrs. Belden
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Mrs. Matilda Bullitt
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Ben Parrott (as Guy Anderson)
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Cyrus Random, Sr.
Marjorie Wood ...
Mrs. Cyrus Random Sr.
Lee Scott ...
Horace Antler
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Mr. Antler
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Nick Tosca
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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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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29 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The original "Morgan" automobile in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) was also used in this film. See more »

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

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I'd Like to Take You Out Dreaming
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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MGM really blew it on this one....
28 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Red plays an inventor who has been working on building a very early internal combustion gasoline auto (the 1890s). However, he fails again and again and everyone in town thinks he's a nut. Late in the film he finally perfects his car and enters 'the big race' to prove everyone is wrong.

Red Skelton did some very charming and funny films. However, "Excuse My Dust" is a rare miss--mostly because the studio (MGM) wouldn't allow him to be who he was. Skelton was a comic--and one who had a great knack for getting the audience to like him. However, here the writers didn't respect Skelton for who he was and instead tried to fit him into the MGM mold--with lots of beautiful Technicolor and lots of songs. Skelton was not a singer (his voice wasn't bad but this was obviously NOT why he was in films) and they tried to make it a musical comedy not a comedy--a serious mistake. All too often, humor seems (at best) secondary and the film has very few laughs--too few. Additionally, the film had way too much plot--and often (such as during the big race near the end) the plot seemed more important than laughs or his character. So what we're left with is a pretty looking film with lots of music and few laughs. Because of this, I recommend you try one of his other films--such as "Watch the Birdie" or "The Yellow Cab Man".


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