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Excuse My Dust (1951)

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 ... See full summary »

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Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Joe Belden
Sally Forrest ... Liz Bullitt
Macdonald Carey ... Cyrus Random, Jr.
William Demarest ... Harvey Bullitt
Monica Lewis ... Daisy Lou Shultzer
Raymond Walburn ... Mayor Fred Haskell
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Belden
Lillian Bronson ... Mrs. Matilda Bullitt
Herbert Anderson ... Ben Parrott (as Guy Anderson)
Paul Harvey ... Cyrus Random, Sr.
Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Cyrus Random Sr.
Lee Scott Lee Scott ... Horace Antler
Alex Gerry ... Mr. Antler
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Nick Tosca
Will Wright ... Race judge
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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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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,789,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The automobile is the 1892 Philion Road Carriage. It is currently on display at the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada. See more »

Goofs

A few times during the race, wide tire tracks from more modern automobiles can be seen on the dirt roads. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Get a Horse
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Macdonald Carey, William Demarest and Chorus
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The horseless carriage
3 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Excuse My Dust I couldn't help thinking that this would have been a better vehicle for that other redheaded comedian Danny Kaye. The character of the inventor would have suited Kaye's persona far better than Red Skelton.

That being said Red did well enough with this comedy set in those Gay Nineties when he's one of many people who are starting to experiment with the horseless carriage. He might not follow through well enough with the execution, but he's definitely got the right idea as he's got prototype vacuum cleaners and garbage disposal machines as well.

But when you're courting Sally Forrest and her father William Demarest makes his living with a livery stable that causes most of Red's problems. Not to mention pretentious vamp Monica Lewis who's from St. Louis, but her year abroad has her sporting a French accent.

I have to single out MacDonald Carey who looks like he was having a ball playing Red's rival in romance and racing. All Carey had to do was grow a handlebar mustache long enough for twirling. He was doing a great Snidely Whiplash.

Excuse My Dust is a pleasant enough Red Skelton comedy. Arthur Schwartz and Dorothy Fields wrote some rather forgettable songs. Danny Kaye could have gotten in on the musical numbers.

But Skelton fans will like this.


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