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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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... Ben Dobson
... Martha Dobson
... Mr. Bascomb
... Charles McEstway
... Mrs. Watts
... Mr. Watts
Hugh Corcoran ... Pete Dobson
... Edna Radwell
... Sam Radwell
... Ernestine
... George Payson
... Welcomer
... Herself - Guest Appearance
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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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Love
Music and Lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Sung by Polly Bergen
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Only for Red Skelton-devotees...
25 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Trite sitcom from director Don Weis and writer Max Schulman has Red Skelton cast as a harried husband and father over-his-head in trouble after his caustic spouse convinces him to move the family from New York City to the suburbs. As Skelton's wife, miscast Jean Hagen is all wrong for this scenario (she's so brittle, she makes poor Red look hen-pecked, deadly in a family comedy). Supporting cast (including Mary Wickes, Billie Bird, and Polly Bergen playing herself) is much more at ease with this kind of silly material; though, unfortunately, star Skelton isn't given very much to do. Extremely minor fare. *1/2 from ****


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