Half a Hero

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.

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Half a Hero


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A must see for newlyweds!

By Classic Cinema Online

from classiccinemaonline.com

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Good plot
  • High Production Value
  • Hilarious


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    Comments about Half a Hero:

    I can't get enough of this movie!

    Red Skelton, one of Americas most beloved comics in his day,plays Ben Dobson, a writer for Everybody Magazine in NYC.

    Ben's just a regular guy working a regular job, and he and his lovely bride settle down in a small Manhattan apartment, where he's happy as a lark, but she's starting to feel a bit cramped a few short years after giving birth to their son, so she talks him into purchasing a nice house in the suburbs.

    I have to hand it to the Real Estate agent in this film - he knows how to sell a house! First show the starry eyed bride and her anxious and worried husband the nicest, sweetest looking house you have that is somewhat higher in price than what they were originally looking for. Then zoom in for the sale by showing them all the ratty and run-down looking houses in their price range.

    So the family moves into their new home where he's apprehensive, but she's raring to go. She wants to get involved in the community and he just wants to concentrate on how he's going to pay for all this. All he sees is bills, bills, and more bills while she's focused on friends, neighbors, and enjoying having a life and making one for her family.

    She talks hubby in to participating, too, although he has an ulterior motive - and finds that as he talks to some of the husbands, their own words of wisdom play on his anxieties!

    Finally, he just can't take it any more, so he decides the house must go. He puts his foot down - it's either the house or his marriage. Of course his wife can't seem to live without him, so she reluctantly agrees to forfeit the house to save her marriage.

    This movie does seem to beg the question, "Will this man wake up and discover the value of what he has?"

    Aside from the entertainment factor, it seems to carry a good message - an encouragement to enjoy what you have rather than worrying about what you might not have. In our current economy, I can't think of a more important message, and it was delivered well by one of the better comedians of yesteryear.

    With Father's Day fast approaching, this is a must see - for both husbands and wives. You'll see yourselves in here, I'm sure. As funny as it is, this movie brings out some truths that would benefit today's young couples - there's a lot of wit and wisdom packed into this delightful little movie.

    Classic Cinema Online received a copy of this DVD for review, which also appears on the Classic Cinema Online website. This review is republished by and with permission of Classic Cinema Online.

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