DirectorVincente Minnelli ProducerJack Cummings Duration CountryUnited States
WriterSig Herzig, Fred Saidy Release dateSeptember 1943 (1943-09) CastRed Skelton (Joseph 'Joe' Rivington Renolds), Eleanor Powell (Miss Constance 'Connie' Shaw), Richard Ainley (Larry West), Patricia Dane (Suretta Brenton), Sam Levene (Ed Jackson), Thurston Hall (Kenneth 'Ken' Cawlor) Similar moviesNunsense 3: The Jamboree, Birdman, Wonderful Town, Company, Liza in London, The Producers
TaglineM-G-M's MADCAP MUSICAL COMEDY!
I Dood It is a 1943 American musical-comedy film starring Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell, directed by Vincente Minnelli, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The screenplay is by Fred Saidy and Sig Herzig and the film features Richard Ainley, Patricia Dane, Lena Horne, and Hazel Scott. John Hodiak plays a villain in this production, just his third movie role. Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra provide musical interludes.
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Skelton plays an "average Joe" who is madly in love with Constance Shaw (Eleanor Powell), a big Broadway musical star. Much to his surprise, Constance agrees to marry him, thinking he's a rich mining tycoon, and much of the film deals with the consequences of this misunderstanding.
Powell's most notable performance in the film comes near the beginning when she executes a complex dance routine involving lariats and cowboys. Powell, in her introduction to the book Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, recalled that she knocked herself unconscious while rehearsing a stunt for this sequence involving a rope and ultimately had to don a football helmet to protect herself. The final dance scene with Powell was lifted from an earlier movie Born to Dance (1936). Many of the physical gags were lifted from the Buster Keaton film Spite Marriage (1929). Keaton had an uncredited role in writing gags for some of Skelton's early MGM films.
Skelton and Powell had previously worked together in Ship Ahoy (1942). In that film, they appeared with Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy's brother.
This was Powell's final starring role in an MGM film. After this, she would make a cameo appearance in Thousands Cheer, play a lead role in the UA film Sensations of 1945, and return to MGM for a cameo in Duchess of Idaho (1950) before retiring from the screen for good.
The rather ungrammatical title was from one of Red Skelton's radio catchphrases of the day. In 1942 Jack Owens, The Cruising Crooner, wrote a song for Skelton based on it: "I Dood It! (If I Do, I Get a Whippin')", but that song does not appear in this film.
The film opens with the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra performing Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump". As the tempo and energy of the music increases several couples can be seen dancing in the confined space in front of their theater seats, and other fans leave their seats to stand in front of the band stage.
Dance direction in the film was by Bobby Connolly, and the "Western Rope Dance," assisted by Bob Eberly and Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra, is the second scene in the film.
Red Skelton as Joseph Rivington Renolds
Eleanor Powell as Constance Shaw
Richard Ainley as Larry West
Patricia Dane as Suretta Brenton
Sam Levene as Ed Jackson
Thurston Hall as Kenneth Lawlor
Lena Horne as Lena Horne
Hazel Scott as Hazel Scott
According to MGM records the film earned $1,615,000 in the US and Canada and $542,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $319,000.