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The Best Red Skelton Movies

Updated August 12, 2019 986 votes 164 voters 17.7k views36 items

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List of the best Red Skelton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Red Skelton's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Red Skelton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Red Skelton movies will be at the top of the list. Red Skelton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Red Skelton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Red Skelton films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Red Skelton role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Red Skelton performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Examples of films on this list: A Southern Yankee, Duchess of Idaho and many more.

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    Whistling in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Whistling in the Dark

    Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford

    Released1941

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Whistling in the Dark is the first of three comedy films starring Red Skelton as Wally "the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Whistling in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Whistling in Brooklyn

    Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford

    Released1943

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Whistling in Brooklyn is the third and last film starring comedian Red Skelton as radio... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1956

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #61 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#466 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Ship Ahoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Ship Ahoy

    Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell

    Released1942

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Ship Ahoy is the title of a 1942 musical-comedy film produced by MGM, starring Eleanor Powell... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 5
    Ziegfeld Follies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Ziegfeld Follies

    Judy Garland, Lucille Ball

    Released1945

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Roy Del Ruth, Lemuel Ayers, Merrill Pye

    Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Those Magnificent Men in their is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Fuller Brush Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    The Fuller Brush Man

    Red Skelton, Janet Blair

    Released1948

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    The Fuller Brush Man is a 1948 comedy film starring Red Skelton as a door-to-door salesman for... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    The Fuller Brush Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    The Fuller Brush Girl

    Lucille Ball, Red Skelton

    Released1950

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    The Fuller Brush Girl is a 1950 slapstick comedy starring Lucille Ball and directed by Lloyd... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    A Southern Yankee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    A Southern Yankee

    Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl

    Released1948

    Directed byEdward Sedgwick

    A Southern Yankee is an American comedy film, directed by Edward Sedgwick, starring Red... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Whistling in Dixie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Whistling in Dixie

    Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford

    Released1942

    Directed byS. Sylvan Simon

    Whistling in Dixie is a 1942 crime comedy film, the second of three starring Red Skelton as... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Yellow Cab Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    The Yellow Cab Man

    Red Skelton, Edward Arnold

    Released1950

    Directed byJack Donohue

    The Yellow Cab Man is a 1950 comedy film directed by Jack Donohue starring Red Skelton, Gloria... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    Flight Command is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Flight Command

    Robert Taylor, Red Skelton

    Released1940

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    Flight Command is a 1940 American film about a cocky U.S. Navy pilot who has problems with his... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Ocean's 11 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Ocean's 11

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1960

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    Ocean's 11 is a 1960 heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five Rat Packers:... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Excuse My Dust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Excuse My Dust

    Red Skelton, William Demarest

    Released1951

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Roy Rowland, Edward Sedgwick

    Excuse My Dust is a 1951 film directed by Roy Rowland.amazon_watch buy button
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    Watch the Birdie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Watch the Birdie

    Ann Miller, Red Skelton

    Released1950

    Directed byJack Donohue

    Watch the Birdie is a 1950 film directed by Jack Donohue.amazon_watch buy button
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    Neptune's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Neptune's Daughter

    Mel Blanc, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1949

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 Technicolor musical romantic comedy film released by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Bathing Beauty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Bathing Beauty

    Basil Rathbone, Esther Williams

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Having Wonderful Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Having Wonderful Time

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1938

    Directed byAlfred Santell

    Having Wonderful Time is a 1938 romantic comedy film released by RKO Radio Pictures.amazon_watch buy button
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    Lady Be Good is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Lady Be Good

    Doris Day, Red Skelton

    Released1941

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Lady Be Good is the title of an MGM musical film which was released in 1941. The film starred... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Duchess of Idaho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Duchess of Idaho

    Esther Williams, Red Skelton

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Duchess of Idaho is a musical romantic comedy produced in 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Susan Slept Here is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Susan Slept Here

    Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis

    Released1954

    Directed byFrank Tashlin

    Susan Slept Here is a 1954 American romantic comedy film starring Dick Powell and Debbie... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Three Little Words is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Three Little Words

    Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire

    Released1950

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Three Little Words is a 1950 American musical film biography of the Tin Pan Alley songwriting... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Half a Hero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Half a Hero

    Red Skelton, Mary Wickes

    Released1953

    Directed byDon Weis

    Half a Hero is a 1953 American comedy film starring Red Skelton and Jean Hagen. Directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Rudolph's Shiny New Year is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies

    Released1976

    In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    #331 of 572 The Best Animated Films Ever#125 of 317 The Best Movies For Kids

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    Texas Carnival is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Red Skelton Movies
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    Texas Carnival

    Esther Williams, Ann Miller

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Texas Carnival is a 1951 film written by Dorothy Kingsley and George Wells and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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