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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Half A Hero DVD Review

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Half A Hero DVD Review

Synopsis: Audiences always roared with delight when Red Skelton went one-on-one with post-war life in The Yellow Cab Man, The Fuller Brush Man and other films. In Half a Hero, the legendary comic took on a slice of 20th-century Americana that still resonates today: the suburbs. Red plays Ben Dobson, a magazine writer whose boss approves of Ben because he lives in a cramped Manhattan apartment instead of "the slums of tomorrow": the 'burbs. So, of course, when Ben movies his family to a sprawling housing development, he struggles (hilariously_ to keep the fact a secret. Jean Hagen, a year after her iconic portrayal of the itsy-voiced screen siren in Singin' in the Rain, plays Ben's long-suffering wife, and singer Polly Bergen makes a guest appearance with a torrid nightclub-scene rendition of "Love."

Review: Red Skelton was always a joy to watch.  He was handsome, funny and full of energy.   This film is an interesting piece of Americana, because it focuses on the suburbanization of America and the move to the suburbs and how it effects families and the individual.  This is actually a great work that should be studied in film classes around the country, in our opinion.   Don't let us bring you down, though, this one may deal with some serious social issues, but its packed in a nice, fluffy and fun wrapper!   This one is definately one to own! 

Interest Range: Vintage, Comedy