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Watch the Birdie
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Not one, not two, but three Red Skeltons zig-zag through this madcap adventure and turn Watch the Birdie into a real treat! The crown prince of clownery flusters his way through high jinks involving three beautiful women and two suave crooks, making this story of a bumbling photographer one picture-perfect film. Trying to raise enough money to save his camera store from foreclosure, Rusty Cameron (Skelton) rents a newsreel camera and goes hunting for a story. Encouraged by his father (also played by Skelton) and teased by his grandfather (Skelton again!), Rusty plunges forward and nearly drowns in the harbor. Rescued by a beautiful and lonely heiress (Arlene Dahl) and tempted by the gorgeous Ann Miller, Rusty lands in the middle of a villainous plot that has just the right touches of romance and pratfalls – with Rusty, of course, saving the girl and the day!
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Cheesecake is sliced up in the form of Arlene Dahl & Ann Miller. However, the climax feels abrupt as the movie ends right when Red & Dahl deliver the crooks to police. End scene. There should've been a nice closing scene or follow-up gag.
No matter. This is still an enjoyable Skelton film, simply because Red is there. Kudos to one of the great movie clowns!
As with other movies by Red Skelton in my collection, Watch the Birdie was enjoyable, offering quite a few laughs
for me. The classic movies, when actors had to truly act, are far preferable to the CGI heavy movies of today,
at least to me.
I miss him a lot, compared to today's rude, crude and stupid comedians.
This movie is just plain fun and funny.