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“If some day you’re not feeling well, you should remember some little thing I have said or done and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart then my purpose as a clown has been fulfilled.”—Red Skelton Read More…

Gertrude and Heathcliff jokes

Gertrude and Heathcliff jokes by Red Skelton, about his seagull friends – flapping their wings, the ship of fools, and an elephant with a cold in the nose

As Red Skelton used to say, there were these two seagulls named Gertrude and Heathcliff: Read More…

A Critical History of Television’s The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971

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A Critical History of Television's The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971The Red Skelton Show was on the air for 20 years, the longest-running primetime network comedy variety series on television. It was a top 10 series for nine years–an accomplishment surpassed only by Gunsmoke and Home Improvement. Read More…

Herringbone suit

Herringbone suit – From the 1948 Red Skelton radio show, “G. I. Joe’s Memories” – where Red picks on his announcer, Rod O’Connor, over his new suit

Red Skelton: Well, Rod, you look good tonight—I like your suit.

Rod O’Connor: Herringbone. Read More…

Red Skelton’s eye exam

Red Skelton’s eye exam – From Red’s opening monologue on “The Red Skelton Show” (January 25, 1971) – Red talks about a visit to his eye doctor.

This doctor starts examining my eyes, now you’ve got to hear some of the conversation that went on.  I said, “The eye’s making me dizzy.” Read More…

Red Skelton on counterfeiting

Red Skelton on counterfeiting – (taken from Red Skelton‘s opening monologue from The Red Skelton Show episode, Clem and the Dalton Girls, from Red Skelton – America’s Clown Prince)

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Madam, I Love Your Crepes Suzette

Madam, I Love Your Crepes Suzette – song lyrics from “Dubarry Was A Lady

Song lyrics to Madam, I Love Your Crepes Suzette, Music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Lew Brown and Ralph Freed (1943)

Sung by Red Skelton with Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra (film soundtrack)

also recorded by Danny Kaye

No thank you,
No thank you,
No thank you, no!

I don’t mean to be rude,
But I’m not in the mood for food.
It’s lovely, it’s tempting, fit for a king, I know!
Your cooking’s a work of art,
But when you’re with me, why be so a la carte? Read More…

Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day

Red Skelton in Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day

Red Skelton in Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day

Red Skelton had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare movie series, providing comedy relief as orderly Vernon Briggs.  In Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day, he has three memorable comedy routines — as well as a serious moment that we’ll address later: Read More…

The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years – 1951 – 1955

I have to admit, I’m very excited by The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years (1951-1955) — unlike so many of his contemporaries, Red’s great TV series is never rerun on television, so that we can only watch it via DVD or online video. Because of that, many of his early years haven’t been seen for decades — but that’s about to change, thankfully. Red’s first 5 years are soon to be available on DVD (currently on pre-order at Amazon.com) Read More…

Flight Command

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Flight Command (1940) starring Rod Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Ruth Hussey, Red Skelton

Flight Command, starring Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter PidgeonFlight Command - Red Skelton joking with the other HellcatsI originally watched Flight Command because it was one of Red Skelton’s earliest movie roles — which is technically true; Red’s in the film as part of the Hellcats squadron, acting as the class clown, but he’s definitely a secondary character.  Flight Command is primarily about a brash young pilot, Alan Drake (played by Robert Taylor) who’s recruited straight out of college to join the premier squad of Navy Hellcats.  He has trouble fitting in at first, although the flight commander (played by a young and dashing Walter Pidgeon) tries to help — as does the commander’s wife (played by Ruth Hussey). There’s a suspected romantic triangle between Drake and the commander’s wife (which was only him trying to console her on the death of her brother) — but all turns out well in the end. Read More…

Maisie Gets Her Man

Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) starring Ann Sothern, Red Skelton

Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Ravier in this seventh entry in the “Maisie” series — here, vaudeville performer Maisie has to leave the knife-throwing act when her partner, “Professor Orco” is jilted by his girlfriend, and decides to take his revenge out on all women … starting with Maisie, the target of his knives! Orco throwing knives at her is a very funny scene, that ends Maisie running away from the mad Orco, only end up to knocking him silly … and leaving herself unemployed once again.

Ann Sothern and Red Skelton in Maisie Gets Her Man
She looks for a new job — and a pay phone — and runs into Rags Ragland, who points her toward a theatrical agency where she meets Leo Gorcey, as well as her co-star, Red Skelton as Hap Hixby, a would-be comedian. Hap’s corny routine turns Maisie off, especially after being the target of one of his pranks, and leaves in a huff. However, she meets “Pappy” Goodring (Allen Jenkins) on the way out, who hires the out-of-work Maisie as his assistant.  Pappy Goodring is the building manager, and he’s too kind-hearted for his own good — with many of his tenants being far behind on their rents. Maisie shows her worth by renting a new office space to Mr. Denningham, who sells mineral water. Pappy Goodring treats Maisie to lunch in a diner in the building, where Hap/Red catches up with Maisie, trying his corny best to impress her. Read More…