Category Archives: Comedy

Watch 3 Laurel and Hardy Silent Movies

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It’s Saturday, it’s kind of yuck outside, and Pretty Clever Film Gal has a splitting headache. What to do, what to do? I think 3 Laurel and Hardy silents plus some hair of the dog should do the trick.

I’m pretty certain that these are all Hal Roach productions from 1928 or 1929, but I could be wrong and I’m too lazy to check at the moment. If you know better, by all means, lay it on me. Otherwise, just enjoy.

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Happy Birthday Oliver Hardy

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Today is Oliver Hardy’s 120th birthday. Ollie was good for lots of laughs so I suggest you celebrate by watching a Laurel & Hardy flick or two (or three). I highly recommend The Music Box, Swiss Miss, and Flying Deuces. But if you’re stuck in the office ’til 5pm, put on your headphones and watch Stan and Ollie on “This is Your Life” from 1954.

Happy Birthday Marion Davies

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Happy birthday, Marion Davies. You would be 115 today, if you had taken really excellent care of yourself. TCM is partying it up for Marion’s birthday. Gene Zonarich of the excellent 11 East 14th Street recommends The Florodora Girl, Five and Ten, and Blondie of the Follies. Gene really knows his stuff, so we should listen to him.

In honor of Marion’s birthday, we’re all going to forget that whole William Randolph Hearst business. We’re definitely going to forget all those Orson Welles shenanigans. We’re especially going to stop wondering why wordpress.com suggested “Sarah Jessica Parker” would be appropriate tag for this post. Instead, we’re just going to enjoy Miss Davies for the fine actress she actually was.

Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle in The Bell BoyFrom Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello to Cheech and Chong (yeah, I said it) – duos make the comedy world go ’round. And why not? You’ve got the yin and the yang, the clown and the straight man, the graceful and the inept – and you’ve got the very large and the very small. Physical dichotomies are just really, really funny and never more so than in the era of silent slapstick,when the visual was paramount. Take away a comedy duos ability to verbally spar, insert a prima facie visual pun, and you’ve got yourself a great comedy team. And was ever there a pair as physically disparate as Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle? Read the rest of this entry

The Freshman is the Moneyball of 1925

For some nice advertorial tie-in to the release of Moneyball, Time.com has a 25 Best Sports Movies of All-Time feature. And, lo-and-behold, Harol Lloyd’s 1925 classic comedy The Freshman is included! Now, I’m not so sure I would necessarily call The Freshman a sports movie,  and I’m not so sure about Moneyball advertorial tie-ins, but I’m always happy to see Lloyd get much deserved recognition.

If you’ve never seen The Freshman, stop what you’re doing and go watch it. Or at least whet your appetite with this clip, and then rent the dvd from Netflix (Qwikster?) or buy it at Amazon.


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