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Open the Door Richard (1945)

| Comedy, Musical, Short
A musically themed film cutting back and forth between Stepin Fetchit at home in bed and a jazz band providing the film's swing music.

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Dusty Fletcher
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A musically themed film cutting back and forth between Stepin Fetchit at home in bed and a jazz band providing the film's swing music.

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Dusty Fletcher's comedy sketch, minus the song
18 January 2008 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this short on DVD as included in the box set Musicals Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection, which also has "Answer to Open the Door Richard," with which some of the information here is confused.

In "Open the Door Richard," Dusty Fletcher plays a drunk in top hat and large shoes who performs for a dinner audience. Another man plays a barman or restaurateur who has kicked him out on the street. Dusty shares his woes and tries to get home, knocking on the arch of the stage as though it were a door, peppering his stand-up (or lay-down) routine with shouts of "open the door, Richard!"

It's enjoyable, but between the actor's slurred speech and the relatively poor print, it's hard to make out all the lines.

There's also a song by this name, and I thought this short would contain it, but it does not. "Answer to Open the Door Richard" is probably a response to the song rather than the sketch. In that, a band plays a song in which they call Richard on the phone, and Richard answers in sleepy song that he won't open the door.


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