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Seeing Red (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 26 August 1939 (USA)
When he is fired from his job, Red puts a hex on his boss. That evening, the boss goes to a nightclub and discovers that the hex worked.


Roy Mack


Cyrus Wood (as Cyrus D. Wood)


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Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Red / Doorman / Coatroom Attendant / Waiter / Emcee
A. Robins A. Robins ... A. Robins
The Merry Macs The Merry Macs ... The Merry Macs
Harris & Shore Harris & Shore ... Harris & Shore
Louis Da Pron Louis Da Pron ... Louis Da Pron
John Regan John Regan ... John Jones


Red is fired by his boss Mr. Jones for not fixing his desk chair as he asked. Red doesn't take too lightly to the firing and tells Mr. Jones that as revenge he's going to haunt him. That evening, Mr. and Mrs. Jones head to a supper club for a night on the town. At the club, Mr. Jones sees images of Red everywhere he goes. The doorman looks like Red, the coat check clerk looks like Red, the waiter looks like Red and the show emcee looks like Red. Because of all these visions of Red, Mr. Jones is unable to enjoy the show. Mr. Jones turns to his wife for support in this time of need, but even that doesn't turn out quite the way he had hoped. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short


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Vitaphone Production Reels #B194-B195. See more »


Music by Lee S. Roberts
Performed by Louis Da Pron (tap dance)
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Fortelling a Great Future
18 December 2016 | by redryan64See all my reviews

WE'VE LONG KNOWN of this title, but it wasn't until this past week that we got the privilege of seeing it. We do recall hat SEEING RE was available to the home movie market in the 1970's, albeit in 8 mm or Super 8 silent and B & W versions. It was also probably in an abridged version as it looked smaller than the standard 18-20 minute reel box that was on sale at Sears & Roebuck store near our house. The company was probably KEN FILMS' one of those companies that the rise if the video recorder successfully put out of business.

AS FOR THE content of this short subject, it was rather standard fare that utilized some of the variety acts that were still being seen live in those days. The one central tenet of this film is the young Red Skelton's being captured forever as he was then. His fledgling stage and screen persona uncanny in their embryonic way of showing the future performer that we all knew and loved so well.

ONCE AGAIN WE must credit TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES with bringing this one into our homes. This was as great an historic find as it was in the realm of comedy, film and entertainment in general.

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Release Date:

26 August 1939 (USA) See more »

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Broadway Brevities (1938-1939 season) #18: Seeing Red See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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