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Release Date:
29 January 1954 (USA) See more »
A NEW Uproarious Role in the Career of the World's Funniest Man
Ambrose C. Park (Red Skelton), left on a park bench as an infant with an impulsive need to find his parents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Red Skelton caught up in Adventure See more (5 total) »


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Red Skelton ... Ambrose C. Park
Cara Williams ... Maggie Drumman

James Whitmore ... Mr. Remlick, Lawyer

Kurt Kasznar ... Louie
Dorothy Stickney ... Emily Drumman
George Mathews ... Duke Fargoh

Reginald Owen ... Bainbridge Gibbons
Harry Bellaver ... Herb
Connie Gilchrist ... Blonde
Steven Geray ... Van Goosen
Sig Arno ... Mr. Sahutsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Toughie (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Guard (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Nightwatchman Connelly (uncredited)
Linda Danson ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Doorman (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Interne (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Judge (uncredited)
William Haade ... Mike, the Policeman (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Cafe Counterman (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Earl Lee ... Dr. Hammond (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Preacher (uncredited)
Tom Moore ... Seedy Man (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mary Parker ... Drunk's Wife (uncredited)
Stuart Randall ... Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... The Big Drunk (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Italian (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Mr. Heinsdorfer, Gibbons' Floor Manager (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Interne (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chris Warfield ... Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
László Vadnay (screenplay) (as Laslo Vadnay) and
Martin Rackin (screenplay)

László Vadnay (story) (as Laslo Vadnay)

George Oppenheimer  uncredited

Produced by
Edwin H. Knopf .... producer
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Film Editing by
George White 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
André Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Rose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

This was Skelton's last film for MGM. He had been under contract with the studio since 1940.See more »
Continuity: In the end credits of the movie 'Kurt Kaszar' is listed as playing "Louie". However the character's name is actually Tony.See more »


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Red Skelton caught up in Adventure, 1 May 2014
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

"Ambrose C. Park. That's the name they gave me. On account of that' s where they found me. Ambrose Central Park". Red Skelton tells us the premise of the film in another of his madcap capers, in his prime. The film opens with Ambrose in the park, hoping to meet up with the parents who had left him in there all those years ago. He meets up with a shady character who is determined to help him find his long lost parents, for a fee. His new lawyer "friend" Remlick (James Whitmore) quickly puts together a family for Park to meet, and then the adventure begins. Keep an eye out for Reginald Owen, who was in SO many films.. notably as the Admiral in Mary Poppins. It's entertaining, but Skelton plays it pretty serious in this one, for a change. Cara Williams plays his sister Maggie, with Dorothy Stickney as "Mom". Park also gets into scrapes with Maggie's boss, and his own boss at work. This is listed as a comedy, but while the script moves right along, there are many sad moments, and the actual comedy is pretty sparse. His big, happy "family" of small time hoods tries to talk him into doing some un-ethical things at work, and he has some un-expected help leading up to big finale. This was the last time Skelton worked with Director Robert Leonard, and in fact, Leonard only made a couple more films after this one. If you are not familiar with Leonard's stellar list of projects, check out his list of films at ; he made some real biggies, and was Oscar-nominated for the Great Ziegfeld and for The Divorcée. The Great Diamond Robbery isn't any Shakespeare piece, but historically, it's one of Skelton's films, and a whole lot easier to watch than a Shakespeare! Written by László Vadnay, who had also written Copacabana (Groucho and Carmen Miranda) and Tales of Manhattan (WC Fields).

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