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||IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 from 233 votes
||Release: 12 January 1951 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
||Director: Jack Donohue,
||Stars: Ann Miller, Arlene Dahl, Leon Ames, Pamela Britton, Red Skelton, Richard Rober
||Synopsis: "Rusty" Cammeron tries to get out of debt by doing some free-lance newsreel photography, but his efforts fall woefully short and end in some kind of mishap. Lucia Corlaine rescues him from drowning and he falls madly in love with her. Lucia, a wealthy young lady, is trying to build a real estate project but a group of crooks and swindlers are out to stop her. Written by Les Adams <[email protected]>
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Only Red's many fans will enjoy "Watch the Birdie," one of Red
Skelton's weaker movie comedies. "The Yellow Cab Man," released the
same year (1950) is much better. To see classic Skelton, check out "A
Southern Yankee," his most critically acclaimed feature, containing the
famous scene of Red carrying a flag with bars and stars on one side and
stars and stripes on the other so neither the Yankees or the Rebels
will fire at him. Any of the "Whistling" pictures Red made during World
War II are worth a look, in particular "Whistling in Brooklyn." All
three have the added attraction of featuring one of the funniest men in
the movies, Rags Ragland, who left us much too soon.
"Watch the Birdie" does contain some funny routines and several
humorous situations, such as the wild chase at the end with Red and
Arlene Dahl atop one of the craziest contraptions imaginable--a huge
lumber lift vehicle. But much of the comedy is forced and some of it
falls flat, especially the scene at the doctor's that takes place in a
crowded dressing room. There are some hilarious lines delivered by Red
with his usual skill, yet many are shopworn and stale.
Though Red was a master of mimicry and impersonation, his portrayal of
his own father and grandfather fails to gel with the story being told.
The father character is just not funny. The grandfather ploy works much
better, being presented as an octogenarian playboy with a young thing
wrapped around him.
Believe it or not, the funniest part of the movie is the opening
credits. Red reads the names, making clever comments, such as: "These
two girls fought over me. Ann Miller wanted me to marry Arlene Dahl and
Arlene Dahl wanted me to marry Ann Miller." "We had four writers on
this picture. Three could write. The other one was my wife's brother."
The story has Red an unsuccessful operator of a camera shop owned by
his father. While trying to make money to pay his bills and save his
business by doing freelance filming on a boat, he is accidentally
knocked overboard by heiress Lucia Corlane (Arlene Dahl). In attempting
to make amends, she and Red fall for each other. Miss Corlane is
determined to save Red's little shop providing him enough business to
pay his debts. In the process, Red uncovers a plot by Miss Corlane's
business manager, Grantland D. Farns (Leon Ames), and his unscrupulous
accomplices to steal Corlane's money through manipulating a housing
project of hers that is under construction. To aid Red, Corlane assigns
him the task of taking pictures to promote the housing venture. Red
unknowingly shoots film that contains incriminating evidence against
Farns. Farns and his partners in crime are determined to snatch the
film before it reaches the district attorney's office.
Though not one of his best films, "Watch the Birdie" has enough humor
and slapstick to keep fans entertained. It is always a delight to watch
a truly funny man on the big screen. Red was adept at both physical and
oral humor. If Red can't make you laugh, it's doubtful that anybody
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