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I Dood It (1943)

Approved | | Romance, Comedy, Musical | September 1943 (USA)
A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Sig Herzig (screenplay), Fred Saidy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Joseph Rivington Renolds
Eleanor Powell ... Constance Shaw
Richard Ainley ... Larry West
Patricia Dane ... Suretta Brenton
Sam Levene ... Ed Jackson
Thurston Hall ... Kenneth Lawlor
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra ... Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Helen O'Connell Helen O'Connell ... Helen O'Connell
Bob Eberly ... Bob Eberly
John Hodiak ... Roy Hartwood
Butterfly McQueen ... Annette
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Spelvin
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Storyline

Constance Shaw is a dance star on Broadway, Joseph Rivington Renolds is a keen fan of her. After she is fed up with her fiance, she meets Joseph and marries him, because she thinks he is the owner of a mine. But that's a misunderstanding, he works at a cleaning shop. After disturbing rehearsals he is thrown out of the theater, but when he sneaks in again, he discovers an actor talking about a bomb he wants to set in the theater to blow up an ammunition store next door. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of the three films co-starring Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Rivington Renolds: She kissed me right in the USO bazaar!
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Edited from Honolulu (1939) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night
("De Camptown Races") (1850) (uncredited)
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Powell Steals the Show
3 July 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I hope they paid Powell triple. That rope dance she does is maybe the most demanding gauntlet of timing I've seen in years of viewing. I'm not surprised the rehearsal for it "knocked herself out cold", (IMDB). Then too, she's got the movie's comedic highpoint where Skelton has to bend her upside down and sideways while she's knocked out with sleeping pills. And catch that climactic top-like spin in front of the mock battleship that had me dizzy for a week. To me, the movie's really her showcase. On the other hand, Red's routines pick up slapstick momentum toward the end, but the first part has him do little more than wear a goofy grin. As a Skelton fan, I don't think it's the comedian's best showcase.

On the whole, the 100-minutes amounts to a rather unwieldy package, with a few over-stretched routines and an awkward Nazi subplot. But then this is 1943 and everybody's got to do their part. Note, for example, how class differences—a pants presser vs. a Broadway star—are overcome, while Blacks are presented in a non- demeaning way. It's like we've all got to pull together to defeat the Axis. And catch that last sequence where Red battles the Nazi Hodiak. Judging from the screen environs, I'll bet it was filmed in MGM's prop room with the lifts, props and catwalks all doing their part.

Overall-- as another reviewer points out—it's more a movie of parts than a whole. But some of those parts are fairly memorable. Most of all, however, hats off to the fearless Elinor Powell.


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