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I Dood It(1943)

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"I dood it" was comedian Red Skelton's radio "catch phrase." In addition to the above-listed numbers, instrumental excerpts from the following songs were also heard in the film: "Petunia" by Lew Brown, Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed, accompanied by a black chorus; "Shorter Than Me" by Gene de Paul; "Lord and Lady Gate" by Don Raye and Gene de Paul; "Contrast" by Jimmy Dorsey; and "Anchors Aweigh" by Charles A. Zimmerman. Two of Eleanor Powell's dance numbers consisted of footage taken from earlier pictures. The "Hola E Pae" number, which featured Powell performing a combination of tap and hula dancing, was first seen in the 1939 M-G-M film Honolulu as part of a Hawaiian medley. "Swingin' the Jinx Away" was first seen in M-G-M's 1936 musical Born to Dance, which was directed by Roy Del Ruth and starred Powell and Jimmy Stewart. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1979 and F3.0441).
       Hollywood Reporter news items add Sam Garrett, Otto Reichow, Hank Mann and Constance Weiler to the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. (Garrett is credited in modern sources as Powell's roping instructor.) News items also list the following dancers as cast members: Mitzie Vehlein, Judi Blacque, Sheila Rae, Dona Massin, Jane Ray, Jean Ashton, Beth Renner, Eleanor Bayley, Joyce Murray, Marilyn Kinsley, Wanda Stevenson, Vera Lee, Jetsy Parker and Marilyn Christine. The appearance of these performers in the final film has not been confirmed, however. Although Hollywood Reporter announced that nine-year-old jitterbug experts Marilyn Kay and Vicki Humphreys had been cast, no jitterbug scenes were included in the final film. Modern sources indicate that the planned jitterbug scene, which Powell especially wanted to film, was replaced by the hula number.
       According to modern sources, when M-G-M was unable to find young male dancers who could work a lariat for the "So Long, Sarah Jane" number, Powell hired real, older cowboys. In his autobiography, director Vincente Minnelli recalled that the "So Long, Sarah Jane" number was shot previous to his involvement in the production. Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that while rehearsals for the dance began as early as July 1942, under the direction of choreographer Bobby Connolly, the number was filmed during principal photography. Modern sources note that Minnelli, whose previous film, Cabin in the Sky , featured an all-black cast, suggested adding Lena Horne and Hazel Scott to the picture. According to news items, their numbers were, in fact, shot after principal photography.
       I Dood It was a partial remake of the 1929 M-G-M silent release Spite Marriage, which starred Buster Keaton and Dorothy Sebastian and was directed by Edward Sedgwick (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5326). In the silent picture, Keaton plays a pants-presser infatuated with a stage actress, who marries him to spite her actor fianc. As in I Dood It, the actress passes out in the honeymoon suite and proves herself a handful for her groom. According to M-G-M press materials, Keaton was hired as a technical advisor on some of the slapstick sequences in I Dood It. In his autobiography, Minnelli recalled that his pet poodle Baba played Butterfly McQueen's dog in the picture.