DUDLEY DO RIGHT
About The Costumes
Costumes for the film were created under the watchful eye of designer Lisa Jensen, whose main challenge in the film came from the real Royal Canadian Mounted Police and from the Disney studios, who own the rights to use the Mountie image
Costumes for the film were created under the
watchful eye of designer Lisa Jensen, whose main challenge in
the film came from the real Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
from the Disney studios, who own the rights to use the Mountie
"The RCMP does not allow its uniform to be used publicly
because it is impersonating an officer, unless you get special
permission," explains Jensen. "Originally, the answer
was no, but after establishing a relationship with the RCMP in
British Columbia, where the film was shot, minimal changes had
to be made, including the addition of gold tabs, a change in buttons
and a change to the chevron on the collar."
In the end, Dudley's RCMP uniform was actually "built"
by a person who "builds" for the RCMP.
"Brendan looks like a million bucks in that Mountie uniform,"
says Wilson. "Through that camera, he has almost classic
movie star good looks that remind me of different periods-the
'30s and '40s."
"Brendan is a wonderful actor," he continues. "He's
very quiet offstage, but as soon as the camera is on there's a
bang, and then he goes back to the strong silent type."
The other big challenge for Jensen was the numerous Indian costumes.
She says, "We had to take these Indians that are supposed
to be somewhat authentic looking doing a dance number which is
somewhat campy and then going the next week and doing a dance
that's Vegas campy but still has the same flavor of these odd
Italian Indians that we've created."
In a $15 thousand costume complete with wig, Rocco is a strange
mix of New York, Italian and native Indian with a dash of mobster.
"He's Mo Green in a war bonnet," smiles Wilson. In costuming
Nell, Jensen says she tossed out the floor-length prairie dress
for clothes with a more elegant, grown-up '30s feel. Snidely Whiplash,
who in the cartoon was the squat-bodied, skinny-legged man with
the stovepipe hat, has become more Gothic in a frockcoat from
the 1860's topped with a Dracula-type cape.
Although it proved challenging to costume over 40 red-coated officers
mounting a charge against the wicked Whiplash in the films climactic
finale, the far greater challenge was for the riders to maintain
their mounts. Since so many horses were needed for the scene,
many of those used had barely been ridden. With banners flying,
the final edit captured a proud RCMP drill team charging in to
battle to save the day.
Fraser, who had some experience in the saddle, honed his equestrian
skills with daily training sessions on his horse "McFly,"
who stars as the infamous horse aptly named "Horse."
In summing up his wild Dudley Do-Right experience, writer/director
Wilson says, "It's all pretty broad. The idea here has been
that more is better. In most comedies I'd say more is not better.
But here, we're pretty much eating the scenery."
"As far as the comic elements, this film definitely relies
on the writing," adds Fraser, "and that's a credit to
Hugh Wilson and Jay Ward. There's an apt use of props and shtick,
and there's nothing like a good pratfall to spice things up! We
have a strong script that takes advantage of making fun of itself,
and at the same time lets people have fun watching it.
"This is a comedy with major
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