Excuse My Dust (1951 film)
|Excuse My Dust|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roy Rowland|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
|Edited by||Irvine Warburton|
Amateur inventor Joe Belden has his Indiana hometown in a tizzy over his new "horseless carriage" in 1895. It runs on gasoline, but the townspeople aren't impressed and only Joe's mom and his sweetheart Liz Bullitt are supportive.
Mechanical breakdowns make Joe even more unpopular with some, including Liz's father, who prefers his daughter's other suitor, Ivy Leaguer Cyrus Ransom, Jr.
A $5,000 first prize in a road race attracts newfangled contraptions from all over the land. Cy enters one himself that runs on ether and cheats in every way he can to drive Joe off the road. He succeeds, but Liz comes to the rescue and joins Joe all the way to the finish line—well, almost all the way.
- Red Skelton as Joe Belden
- Sally Forrest as Liz Bullitt (singing voice was dubbed by Gloria Gray)
- Macdonald Carey as Cyrus Ransom, Jr.
- William Demarest as Harvey Bullitt
- Monica Lewis as Daisy Lou
- Raymond Walburn as Mayor Fred Haskell
- Jane Darwell as Mrs. Belden
- I'd Like to Take You Out Dreaming
Performed by Macdonald Carey and Chorus
- Lorelei Brown
Performed by Monica Lewis and Chorus, introduced by Herbert Anderson and Sally Forrest
- Goin' Steady
Sung by Macdonald Carey, Monica Lewis, Sally Forrest, Red Skelton and Chorus
- Spring Has Sprung
Performed by Red Skelton and Sally Forrest (dubbed by Gloria Gray)
- Get a Horse
Performed by Macdonald Carey, William Demarest and Chorus
- That's for Children
Performed by Monica Lewis, Red Skelton and Chorus
- Lorelei Brown (reprise)
Danced by Sally Forrest and Chorus
- Spring Has Sprung (reprise)
Sung by Sally Forrest (dubbed by Gloria Gray)
According to MGM records the film earned $1,645,000 in the US and Canada and $653,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $501,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Schallert, E. (1950, Jul 24). Skelton to go straight; rains in sea thriller; U-I buys best seller. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166104700
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