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Half a Hero (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 4 September 1953 (USA)
Audiences always roared with delight when Red Skelton went one-on-one with post-war life in The Yellow Cab Man, The Fuller Brush Man and other films. In Half a Hero, the legendary comic ... See full summary »

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Audiences always roared with delight when Red Skelton went one-on-one with post-war life in The Yellow Cab Man, The Fuller Brush Man and other films. In Half a Hero, the legendary comic took on a slice of 20th-century Americana that still resonates today: the suburbs. Red plays Ben Dobson, a magazine writer whose boss approves of Ben because he lives in a cramped Manhattan apartment instead of "the slums of tomorrow": the 'burbs. So, of course, when Ben movies his family to a sprawling housing development, he struggles (hilariously_ to keep the fact a secret. Jean Hagen, a year after her iconic portrayal of the itsy-voiced screen siren in Singin' in the Rain, plays Ben's long-suffering wife, and singer Polly Bergen makes a guest appearance with a torrid nightclub-scene rendition of "Love." Written by Anonymous

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4 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Red Skelton, ending his association with MGM, which had begun with Flight Command (1940), starred in two films in a row which did not garner contemporary New York Times reviews: this movie, followed by The Great Diamond Robbery (1954). See more »

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References The Fuller Brush Man (1948) See more »

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My Blue Heaven
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
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It was good to see Red Skelton
6 March 2001 | by (Lee's Summit, MO.) – See all my reviews

Half A Hero was a cute bit of fluff. It was a cute story, with the main interest watching Red Skelton perform. He is a real doll to watch. I could relate to his struggles. It was funny, clever, very much the same things we struggle with currently. Tho' I disagreed with his decisions. It was pleasant, but mainly I just enjoyed seeing Red. He is one of the greats that is gone from this world forever, to a much better place I pray.


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