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I Dood It (aka: By Hook or by Crook )


-- Synopsis:
     Constance Shaw (Powell) is a dance star on Broadway, Joseph Rivington Reynolds (Skelton) is a keen fan of hers. After she is fed up with her friend, she meets Joseph and marries him, because she thinks he is the owner of a mine. But that's a missunderstanding, he works at a cleaning shop as a pants-presser. After disturbing rehearsals he is thrown out of the theater, but when he sneaks in again, he discovers his boss talking about a bomb they want to set in the theater to blow up an ammunition store next door. Does Skelton save the day?

* Features:
    It's full of laughs, music and dance. Eleanor Powell does some great dancing and this is the film she knocked herself out cold rehersing the Lariat Dance scene. There are even two Kids doing some very good Hollywood style Lindy Hop and in a Zoot Suit to-boot!. Buck and Bubbles appear and do a great Tap dance routine. Lena Hornes does a Song and dance.

I Dood It Dance Floor I Dood It Photo I Dood It Jitterbug Kids I Dood It Jitterbug Kids

    More Film Information below





1943 M.G.M Vincente Minnelli DVD | VHS


Country Made:



102 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical / Romance / Comedy
Eleanor Powell Tap | Jitterbug Very Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Beth Renner Bobby Connolly (Choreographer) Andrew Tombes (Mr. Alfred Spelvin)
Buck and Bubbles George E. Stoll (musical director) Bob Eberly (Himself)  
Dona Massin  Eleanor Powell (Lariat dance Choreographer)  Butterfly McQueen (Annette)  
Eleanor Bayley   Eleanor Powell (Constance Shaw)
Eleanor Powell   Helen O'Connell (Herself )
Jane Ray   John Hodiak (Roy Hartwood)
Jean Ashton   Joe Yule (Doorman)
Jetsy Parker   Marjorie Gateson (Mrs. Alice Spelvin)
Joyce Murray   Patricia Dane (Suretta Brenton)
Judi Blacque   Red Skelton (Joseph Rivington Renolds)
Lena Horne (Jericho #)   Richard Ainley (Larry West)
Marilyn Christine   Sam Levene (Ed Jackson)
Marilyn Kinsley   Thurston Hall (Kenneth 'Ken' Cawlor)
Mitzie Uehlien    
Ruby Dandridge    
Sheila Rae    
Vera Lee    
Wanda Stevenson    

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Hula Dance (Powell) n/a n/a Jitterbug
Jitterbug     Hula Dance
Lariat dance     Zoot Suit
Tap dance     Tap dance

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Hola E Pae Hazel Scott (Herself) Piano I Dood It
Jericho (Horne) Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra I Dood It
One O'Clock Jump Lena Horne (Herself)
So Long Sarah Jane (Eberly-Lariat Rope dance) Bob Eberly
Star Eyes  
Swingin' the Jinx Away  
Taking a Chance on Love  

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Similar Films

Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a 1929 - Spite Marriage (Keaton) n/a

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Date Published


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