Red Skelton was the professional name of American comedian and actor Richard Bernard Eheart. He is best known as the host of the TV show ‘The Red Skelton Show’ (1951 -1971). He started developing comedy skills at the age of 10. He started his radio career in 1937 and became the host of ‘Avalon Time’ in 1938. He made his film debut in ‘Having Wonderful Time’ (1938). He became quite a star between 1940s and 1950s. Some of his popular films are ‘Whistling in the Dark’ (1941), ‘Ziegfeld Follies’ (1946), ‘The Fuller Brush Man’ (1948), ‘Three Little Words’ (1950), ‘The Clown’ (1953), and ‘Public Pigeon No. 1’ (1957). He won two ‘Emmy Awards for ‘Best Comedy Program’ and ‘Best Comedian,’ in 1952. He received the prestigious ‘Cecil B. DeMille Award’ for his contribution in entertainment in 1978. He has two stars on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’
The Luckiest Guy in the World is a crime drama short film which tells the story of Charles Vurn, a guy who is always looking for easy ways to make big money. He loses a huge amount of money in gambling, and he asks his wife Marsha for more money, which was given to her by her mother for a rainy day. When she refuses, he ends up killing her. He also decides to fake suicide in order to avoid arrest.
Walty Benton is a detective who also hosts his own radio show. While he is on the trail of a serial killer, he becomes a suspect himself after someone spreads the rumor that he is a police informer named Constant Reader.
Based on the 1926 silent comedy film The General, this film revolves around a Union soldier who spies on the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Around the World in 80 Days is an Oscar winning adventure comedy film which is based on a novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The story revolves around Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, living in the 19th century, who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Along with his French valet Passepartout, he sets out on an adventurous journey.
Alcoholism causes serious problems for former-Ziegfeld star Dodo Delwyn, who is reduced to playing clown in fairgrounds. His wife, Paula, has divorced him but his little son, Dink, believes in him and requests agent Goldie to find work for Dodo. Failing to get any assignment, Dodo sends Dink to now-remarried Paula, but Dink returns to Dodo who strives hard to make Dink proud.
Recently paroled con artist dapper Danny Ocean, the man who believes in action, rolls out another plan. Following three rules: Not to steal from the ones who don't deserve it, play the game like you have nothing to lose and not to hurt anyone, he orchestrates the most avant-garde heist in history. Will he succeed?
During her second divorce hearing, singer Dixie Donegan recounts to Judge Murdock, the ups and downs of her marriage to composer Eddie Crane. After initially working together, falling in love, and getting married the two separated due to differences. They got married a second time to each other only to realize that they want different things, again.
Coatroom attendant, Louis Blore, adores the nightclub's star singer, May Daly, who is in love with poor dancer Alec Howe but wants to marry an arrogant patron for money. When Louis wins a huge sum in sweepstakes, he immediately wants to marry May, but after having a spiked drink, slips into a dream that changes his perspective.
This film tells the story of three Broadway producers who are looking for people to back them. However, suddenly, one of them inherits a dress salon. The three men travel to Paris, only to find that the shop is bankrupt.
I Dood It is a musical comedy film, which tells the story of a worker at a hotel’s valet service, who develops a huge crush on a Broadway star. He even starts ‘borrowing’ his customer’s fancy clothes to follow her around.
Even though Ellen is in love with her playboy boss Douglas, she is too shy to express her feelings. Her roommate comes up with a plan, and decides to follow Douglas on his trip to Sun Valley.
Maisie is a showgirl in Chicago who falls on difficult times, after which she begins to work for a building manager. After getting fired, she ends up in another position as an assistant to an aspiring comedian named Hap. However, since Hap is not able to find much success in his shows, they begin to work for a con man. Meanwhile Maisie and Hap also begin to fall for each other.
Private Eddie Marsh has recently joined the army but possesses an entertainer’s spirit. On his way to arranging a grand show for his fellow soldiers, he falls in love with Colonel Bill Jones’ daughter Kathryn. Now he must put on the greatest show to impress the Colonel and get his blessings.
A Broadway dancer, who has been hired to perform on an ocean liner heading for Rio, unwittingly gets involved in a plot to smuggle out a prototype explosive mine for the Nazis. On the ship, she meets a pup fiction writer and although the two hit off initially they later fall apart. But by then their bags get switched.
Dr. James Kildare is getting married to Nurse Mary Lamont, the preparations for which are keeping them busy. Then a tragedy strikes leaving Kildare so devastated that he has no wish to practice medicine. His mentor, Dr. Gillespie, calls him to help with a famous conductor’s hearing problem. Kildare's successful resolution of the issue, encourages him to return to medicine.
Joe is an inventor in a small town in America. His inventions are ridiculed by others, but only his girlfriend believes in him. When he is halfway successful, another woman tries to win his heart, and his girlfriend thinks that he is leaving her.
When Dr. Kildare finds professional ice-skater Frances Marlowe in an auto-accident, he performs an emergency operation to save her from dying of internal bleeding. Afterwards when she is unable to walk, she sues Kildare for malpractice. Though hospital administration suggests an out-of-court settlement, Kildare decides to fight the case. Now, his reputation as doctor hinges on how he diagnoses her case in court.
Red is fired by Mr Jones, his boss, for not getting his desk chair fixed. Red tells Mr Jones that as revenge for this, he is going to haunt him. The same evening, Mr Jones goes to a supper club in his town, along with Mrs Jones, and on the road, he begins to see images of Red everywhere. Even the doorman, the waiter, and the other people begin to resemble Red.
Bored with her life, office girl Teddy goes off to a mountain camp for rest and solitude. On the way, she meets Chick, a law student intending to work as a waiter. Shortly, they fall in love and on their last day at the camp, Chick admits that he cannot marry her immediately, but they can become lovers, an idea that infatuates Teddy.
Hattie Maloney’s hotel in Panama is frequented by American sailors, who come here to have a good time, often singing Cole Porter numbers and dancing. The plot heats up when an upper class gentleman visits the hotel and sparks begin to fly between the two. However, there are problems on the way.
The Great Diamond Robbery is a comedy crime film which tells the story of Ambrose, who works as an assistant to a diamond cutter. He learns that his employer has invested his entire fortune in a gem, and helps a jewel thief to steal it, unintentionally.
Ben Dobson is a freelance writer who finds a full-time writing job at a national magazine. After four years, his wife pressurizes him into moving from New York City to the suburbs, after which his boss asks him to write a story on the suburbs titled ‘Slums of Tomorrow’.
Debbie Telford and Cornie Quinnel are showmen who work at a carnival, who meet a wealthy Texan named Dan. Dan asks Debbie and Cornie to deliver his car to his hotel, but when they do, people start assuming them to be Dan and his sister, Marilla.
Red Skelton Awards
|The Red Skelton Show||Television Achievement||1959|
|The Red Skelton Show||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy||1961|
|Winner||Best Comedian or Comedienne||1952|