I Dood It (1943)
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenplay by: Sig Herzig, Fred Saidy
Starring: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Sam Levene, Lena Horne, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra and Butterfly McQueen
Tagline HAPPY DAYS AND SWEET MUSIC WITH RED SKELTON AND ELEANOR POWELL
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
By day Joseph Rivington Renolds (Skelton) works at a hotel’s dry cleaning shop. By night, Renolds “borrows” a tux from the shop and attends a Broadway show. It’s the same show every night because Renolds is in love with the show’s star, Constance Shaw (Powell). Through a misunderstanding when Renolds and Shaw meet, she thinks he’s a mining tycoon. They end up getting married! Things become strained when the truth comes out and the stakes are raised when Renolds discovers a bomb hidden in the basement of the theater!
Red and Eleanor make a great couple. Lena Horne performs! Butterfly McQueen has a small role that I wish had been expanded. Eleanor Powell performs a memorable dance with lariats that is worth the price of admission. I Dood It rates 3 of 5 stars.