Red Skelton Movies on DVD
Bellhop Red Skelton becomes a reluctant spy behind Confederate lines, and finds time to romance Southern belle Arlene Dahl, in this hilarious Civil War comedy. Includes the classic scene of Red walking in the midst of a battlefield with a blue-gray uniform (one of several gags supplied by an uncredited Buster Keaton). With Brian Donlevy, John Ireland. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
It's 1895, and small-town inventor Red Skelton has the crazy idea to build a horseless carriage that runs on gasoline. His new-fangled mode of transport seems to be a hit with everyone--except the local livery owner (William Demarest), who also happens to be the father of the girl (Sally Forrest) of Skelton's dreams. Macdonald Carey, Monica Lewis co-star in this lighthearted musical comedy. Songs include "I'd Like to Take You Out Dreaming," "Goin' Steady," "Get a Horse," and more. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Low-key project for Red Skelton casts him as an NYC magazine writer miserable with wife Jean Hagen's insistence they pull up roots and move to the 'burbs. He's only too happy when his bosses commission him to pen a hatchet job on suburban life, but his research brings about a change of heart. Max Shulman-scripted comedy co-stars Mary Wickes, Willard Waterman, Polly Bergen. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Slapstick musical-comedy, directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on Buster Keaton's "Spite Marriage," stars Red Skelton as a hapless tailor's apprentice whose dream girl (Eleanor Powell) agrees to marry him only after her beau jilts her. With Sam Levene, Lena Horne, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra; songs include "Star Eyes," "Taking a Chance on Love," "One O'Clock Jump." 102 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.
Merton Gill, small-town delivery boy with big Hollywood dreams, is the subject of these comedic romps based on Harry Leon Wilson's novel and the Broadway play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. First, Merton's (Stuart Erwin) attempt to become a cowboy actor fails but leads to a promising career as a slapstick comedy star known as Whoop Ryder, in "Make Me a Star." With Joan Blondell, ZaSu Pitts. Then, "Merton of the Movies" stars Red Skelton as the likable bumpkin who is whisked away to Tinseltown after he foils a robbery. Merton manages to land a job as a comedic actor but doesn't realize the joke is on him. Virginia O'Brien, Gloria Grahame also star. 168 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Ann Sothern is the sassy saloon keeper whose Central American bar is a haven for fighting sailors, romancing couples, and sinister spies in this filming of the Cole Porter Broadway musical. Dan Dailey, Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien, Lena Horne also star; songs include "It Was Just One of Those Things," "I've Still Got My Health," "The Son of a Gun Who Picks on Uncle Sam." 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Red Skelton stars as radio detective Wally "The Fox" Benton in a trio of comedic mysteries. First, the Fox has to do some real sleuthing when he's kidnapped by a phony religious cult leader and his followers as part of a scheme to make off with a million-dollar inheritance, in "Whistling In The Dark" (1941). Conrad Veidt, Ann Rutherford, and Virginia Grey also star. Next, Benton heads South to join his girlfriend in helping a former college friend in trouble and finds himself stuck in the middle of a search for hidden Civil War treasure, in "Whistling In Dixie" (1942). Rutherford and Guy Kibbee co-star. Finally, "Whistling In Brooklyn" (1943) finds the Fox going undercover with the Dodgers in order to find a killer posing as a baseball player. With Rutherford, Jean Rogers, William Frawley. 4 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
What do you get when you mix music, dancing, comedy, and spies? This entertaining concoction for one, starring Eleanor Powell as a tap dancer working on an ocean liner heading for Puerto Rico who is unknowingly recruited by spies to smuggle secret plans. Bert Lahr, Red Skelton, (an uncredited) Frank Sinatra, and Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (with Buddy Rich) also star. Songs include "Poor You" and "On Moonlight Bay." 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Red Skelton offers a dramatic turn in this fitted retooling of "The Champ," portraying a hard-drinking, washed-up vaudeville comic striving for a comeback so he can try and do right by the young son (Tim Considine) who has to act as his caregiver. Jane Greer, Loring Smith co-star; keep an eye out for Charles Bronson playing dice. 91 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Red Skelton is the world's most inept door-to-door salesman in this screwball comedy! After losing one job after another, Red lands employment selling the famous Fuller brushes, but his soft-sell technique soon gets him involved in romance...and a murder, in which he becomes the prime suspect! Co-stars Janet Blair, Adele Jergens. 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Red Skelton's final MGM vehicle casts him as an assistant diamond cutter who's never gotten over his abandonment as an infant. Shyster James Whitmore's ready to exploit the situation, offering to reunite Red with a faux "family" in exchange for his assistance in a fencing operation. Faceted farce co-stars Cara Williams, Kurt Kasznar, Dorothy Stickney. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Red Skelton romps through this zany farce as a cabbie whose dreams of becoming an inventor finally pay off when he develops unbreakable elastic glass. Unfortunately, the discovery gets the attention of various illegitimate businessmen as well, and--unlike his glass--Red's not bulletproof. Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak, Edward Arnold, James Gleason also star. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The focus is on laughs when news cameraman Red Skelton accidentally films a construction scam while covering a building's dedication ceremony, and has to run for his life from the crooks. Slapstick shutterbug caper also stars Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller, Leon Ames, and Skelton as his own father and grandfather; remade from Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman." 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.