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The Best Red Skelton Movies

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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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    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....  more
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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 dancer Eleanor Powell, along with Ann Sothern, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, and Red Skelton. It was...  more
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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 David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The epic...  more

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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 directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and...  more
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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 the Fuller Brush Company who becomes a murder suspect....  more
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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 Skelton and Arlene Dahl, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is also known as The Spy. A semi-remake of...  more
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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 murder mystery writer and amateur crime solver Wally Benton and Ann Rutherford as his fiancee. The pair are...  more
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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 Fox" Benton, who writes and acts in radio murder mysteries. Wally is kidnapped by a greedy cult leader, who...  more
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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 DeHaven and Edward Arnold. The inventor of unbreakable glass tries to sell it to a taxicab company,...  more
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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 new squadron and falls for the wife of his commander. It stars Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey and Walter...  more
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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: Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop. Centered on a series of Las...  more
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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 personality and amateur detective Wally "The Fox" Benton, following Whistling in the Dark and Whistling in...  more
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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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier...  more
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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 partnership of Kalmar and Ruby and stars Fred Astaire as lyricist Bert Kalmar, Red Skelton as composer...  more
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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. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film pairing Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was shot...  more
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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 directed by George Sidney. Although this was not Williams' screen debut, it was her first Technicolor...  more
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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 Reynolds. Shot in Technicolor, the film was based on the play of the same name by Steve Fisher and Alex...  more
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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 and Red Skelton....  more
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    I Dood It

    Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell

    Released1943

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    I Dood It is a musical-comedy film starring Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell, directed by Vincente Minnelli, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The screenplay is by Fred Saidy and Sig Herzig and the...  more
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    Released1976

    In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New Year's...  more

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    Du Barry Was a Lady

    Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly

    Released1943

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    DuBarry Was a Lady is a 1943 American musical comedy film, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and Gene Kelly. It is based on the 1939 stage musical of the same name. Shot in Technicolor, the film...  more
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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 Charles Walters....  more
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    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley,...  more
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    Public Pigeon No. One

    Red Skelton

    Released1957

    Directed byNorman Z. McLeod

    Public Pigeon No. One is a 1957 comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod. It stars Red Skelton and Janet Blair....  more
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    The Clown

    Red Skelton, Jane Greer

    Released1953

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Clown is a 1953 American film drama starring Red Skelton with Jane Greer and Tim Considine, and directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The story is a remake of the 1931 film The Champ....  more