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The Red Skelton Show - The Original Da Vinci

USA 1959
produced by
Cecil Barker for CBS
directed by Seymour Berns
starring Red Skelton, Vincent Price, Jackie Coogan, Byron Foulger, Ernest Sarracino
written by Sherwood Schwartz, Dave O'Brien, Al Schwartz, Red Skelton, musical director: David Rose

TV-series
Red Skelton Show, Freddie Freeloader

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On their scrapyard, hobo Freddy the Freeloader (Red Skelton) and his bum friend (Jackie Coogan) find an original painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, but at first they use it for nothing better than keep the snow out of their hut. Only gradually it dawns upon them the painting might actually be worth some money, and they invite art dealer Guido (Vincent Price) to their shack.

Guido of course desperately wants the Da Vinci, but he doesn't want to pay too much for it, so he tries to cheat the two out of the painting, even with the help of a prominent art critic (Ernest Sarracino), but the two realize they are being had, so they get some art critics of their own to assess the painting, and when they realize out of how much money Guido actually wanted to cheat them, they don't even sell the painting to him when he offers a million Dollars.

This of course drives good Guido to the edge and he one day comes back to Guido carrying a gun. But Freddy, who has been warned, has tailored himself a coat out of the Da Vinci, so te hide it from Guido before his very eyes. And in the end, when Freddy tells Guido he has cut up the painting, Guido uses the gun against himself.

 

Not too much of a story here, but Jackie Coogan and Vincent Price both show talent for comedy to carry their scenes. Only the show's star, Red Skelton, is not really up to the comedy: On one hand he's way too aware that he's saying something funny and seems to be constantly giggling about the lines he's about to deliver instead of keeping a straight face that this kind of comedy would need, on the other hand, why the hell is his mouth made up clown-like ? That totally destroys his character right from the start.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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