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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #45 on: November 15, 2017, 03:13:52 AM »
     We're Not Dressing (1934/United States)
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Norman Taurog
Writing:Walton Hall Smith (Story By), Benjamin Glazer (Story By), Horace Jackson (Screenwriter), Francis Martin (Screenwriter), George Marion, Jr. (Screenwriter)
Length:74 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Bing Crosby as Stephen Jones
Carole Lombard as Doris Worthington
George Burns as George
Gracie Allen as Gracie
Ethel Merman as Edith

Plot:
Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms.

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My Thoughts:

This one I enjoyed a lot. It's a musical romantic comedy. The story line is a lot of fun. Gracie Allen plays a ditz so well. Unfortunately George Burns and Gracie Allen had a rather small part in this one. The main stars being Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard. If you never seen this one I would definitely recommend it.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #46 on: November 15, 2017, 08:40:43 PM »
     International House (1933/United States)

Universal Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Edward Sutherland
Writing:Francis Martin (Screenwriter), Walter DeLeon (Screenwriter), Neil Brant (Original Material By), Louis E. Heifetz (Original Material By)
Length:68 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Peggy Hopkins Joyce as Peggy Hopkins Joyce
W. C. Fields as Professor Quail
Stuart Erwin as Tommy Nash
Sari Maritza as Carol Fortescue
George Burns as Doctor Burns

Plot:
After a scientist creates the first television, a cast of characters from around the world (including W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Bela Lugosi) clamour to purchase the rights at the International House Hotel in China.

Extras:
  • None


My Thoughts:

This one I liked quite a bit. Unfortunately not so much because of W.C. Fields. More because of George Burns and Gracie Allen. After watching three of his movies recently I found I just not much of a fan of W.C. Fields. I mean he seems ok at best... but I just haven't found him all that funny so far. But then maybe I just haven't hit on any of them where he shines.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #47 on: November 15, 2017, 08:46:09 PM »
     Million Dollar Legs (1932/United States)

Universal Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Edward Cline
Writing:Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Screenwriter), Henry Myers (Screenwriter)
Length:61 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles:

Stars:
Jack Oakie as Migg Tweeny
W. C. Fields as The President
Andy Clyde as The Major-domo
Lyda Roberti as Mata Machree
Susan Fleming as Angela

Plot:
On the verge of Bankruptcy, the president of the faraway country of Klapstokia (W.C. Fields) is persuaded to enter his country in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means to raise money.

Extras:
  • None


My Thoughts:

This one I just couldn't get into. While it a decent scene here and there. For the most part I found it unfunny. While this one is barely over an hour I found myself watching the clock for it to end. I started to wonder if I would make it till the end... but I did.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #48 on: November 17, 2017, 07:09:15 PM »
     A Day at the Races (1937/United States)

Warner Home Video, Turner Entertainment (United States)
Director:Sam Wood
Writing:Robert Pirosh (Screenwriter), George Seaton (Screenwriter), George Oppenheimer (Screenwriter), Robert Pirosh (Story By), George Seaton (Story By)
Length:109 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Groucho Marx [Groucho] as Dr. Hackenbush
Chico Marx [Chico] as Tony
Harpo Marx [Harpo] as Stuffy
Allan Jones as Gil
Maureen O'Sullivan as Judy

Plot:
It's a perscription of laughteras the Marxes skewer the medical profession and bring home a racetrack winner. On your Marx for tootsie-frootsie ice cream, madcap medical exams, wallpaper wackiness and more.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Closed Captioned
  • Vintage Shorts & Cartoons


My Thoughts:

Another good addition to my collection. I got a lot of laughs out of this one. One of my favorite scenes must be Groucho as a doctor giving Harpo a medical exam. I have found I really like The Marx Brothers. For me they are right up there with Abbott and Costello as favorite classic comedy teams.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #49 on: November 18, 2017, 12:26:56 AM »
     A Night in Casablanca (1946/United States)

Warner Home Video (United States)
Director:Archie L. Mayo
Writing:Joseph Fields (Screenwriter), Roland Kibbee (Screenwriter)
Length:85 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Groucho Marx as Kornblow
Harpo Marx as Rusty
Chico Marx as Corbaccio
Charles Drake as Pierre
Lois Collier as Annette

Plot:
It's the Nazis vs. the nutsies when the brotherly trio foils Axis criminal activity at a hotel swirling in intrigue and whirling with nonstop nonsense.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Vintage Short, Classic Cartoon


My Thoughts:

Another fine film from The Marx Brothers. I think I liked the previous one I watched a little better but this one still has plenty of good laughs. I especially liked the packing gimmick in this one. Recommended... well worth the time put in to watch it.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2017, 01:16:43 AM »


Step Lively
Simple-minded Harold foils a robbery with the help of his new-found friend, a vicious dog.

My Thoughts:
I realize this film is 100 years old (made in 1917)... and I imagine they did what they could  but this one was hard to watch what with all the film scratches and even the audio was filled with static. The story itself wasn't bad. It started off a little slow but was worth the watch.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #51 on: November 18, 2017, 01:39:53 AM »


Our Gang: Party Fever
Some of the boys compete in the Mayor for a Day contest and the winner gets to take Darla to the strawberry festival.

My Thoughts:
Alfalfa vs. Butch for Darla's attention. Not a bad short... but was very predictable.

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Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
« Reply #52 on: November 18, 2017, 03:39:13 AM »
     Room Service (1938/United States)

Warner Home Video (United States)
Director:William A. Seiter
Writing:Morrie Ryskind (Screenwriter), John Murray (Original Material By), Allan Boretz (Original Material By)
Length:79 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Groucho Marx as Gordon Miller
Chico Marx as Harry Binelli
Harpo Marx as Faker
Lucille Ball as Christine
Ann Miller as Hilda

Plot:
Lucille Ball and Ann Miller co-star with the boys in a riotous romp about a cash-strapped theatrical troupe trying to nail down a backer for their new broadway venture.

Extras:


    My Thoughts:

    Lucille Ball joins the guys in this one. While it is not my favorite Marx Brothers film so far I did enjoy it quite a bit. This shows one heck of a difference between back in the '30s and now. I don't believe there is any way a hotel would let you get behind on the bill now a day... let alone be forced to keep you there if you are sick. Not that I get to stay in a hotel frequently enough to know. Either way... a fun film... worth the time put in to watch it.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #53 on: November 18, 2017, 09:28:59 PM »
         The Nutty Professor (1963/United States)

    Paramount Home Entertainment (United States)
    Director:Jerry Lewis
    Writing:Jerry Lewis (Writer), Bill Richmond (Writer)
    Length:107 min.
    Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
    Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono, Spanish: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
    Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

    Stars:
    Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love
    Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy
    Del Moore as Dr. Hamius R. Warfield
    Kathleen Freeman as Millie Lemmon
    Med Flory as Football Player

    Plot:
    The title's eponymous professor is Julius F. Kelp (Lewis), a shy, bumbling chemistry teacher who has a mad crush on his student Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens). When he tires of being made fun of, Kelp develops a magic potion that turs him into smooth and smarmy nightclub singer Buddy Love. Stella is drawn to Buddy but, unfortunately, the potion's formula is unstable and Buddy keeps slipping back into Julius at the most embarrassing moments.

    Extras:
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    • Audio Commentary
    • Feature Trailers
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Featurettes


    My Thoughts:

    A fun film... but I somehow remember it being better. Jerry Lewis used to be a favorite of mine but I guess my taste in comedy must have matured since then. Or maybe I haven't found the right film... though I do think this is one of his bigger hits.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #54 on: November 18, 2017, 09:44:14 PM »
         The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1961/United States)

    Mill Creek Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
    Director:Edward Bernds
    Writing:Norman Maurer (Writer), Elwood Ullman (Writer)
    Length:89 min.
    Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
    Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
    Subtitles:

    Stars:
    The Three StoogesMoe Howard as Moe
    Larry Fine as Larry
    Joe DeRita as Curly Joe


    Plot:
    Comical chaos ensues when the trio flicks the switch of a time-machine that transports them to ancient Greece.

    Extras:
    • NONE


    My Thoughts:

    I enjoyed this one more then I thought I would. I feel they did a good job with the story. This is one I thought I never heard of before... but some of the scenes really seemed familiar to me so I wonder if maybe I seen it as a kid.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #55 on: November 18, 2017, 10:03:07 PM »
         The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963/United States)

    Mill Creek Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
    Director:Norman Maurer
    Writing:Elwood Ullman (Screenwriter), Norman Maurer (Story By)
    Length:93 min.
    Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
    Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
    Subtitles:

    Stars:
    The Three StoogesMoe Howard as Moe
    Larry Fine as Larry
    Joe DeRita as Curly-Joe


    Plot:
    The Stooges set sail for a globe-hopping trip, after being enlisted by a con man that needs to win a bet.

    Extras:
    • None


    My Thoughts:

    Not as good as the last one... but a fun film. They had Curly Joe doing one of Curly's old skits. Going nuts when he hears the tune Pop goes the Weasel. While I never liked Curly Joe as a kid I found I have been able to enjoy him more now. Though I still prefer Curly.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #56 on: November 18, 2017, 10:59:17 PM »
         Time out for Rhythm (1941/United States)

    Mill Creek Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
    Director:Sidney Salkow
    Writing:Edmund L. Hartmann (Screenwriter), Bert Lawrence (Screenwriter), Bert Granet (Story By), Alex Ruben (Original Material By)
    Length:75 min.
    Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
    Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono
    Subtitles:

    Stars:
    Ann Miller as Kitty Brown
    Rudy Vallee as Daniel Collins
    Rosemary Lane as Frances Lewis
    Allen Jenkins as Off-Beat Davis
    Joan Merrill as Joan

    Plot:
    Musical hilarity ensues when three out-of-work-actors, Moe, Larry and Curry, find jobs through a talent agency.

    Extras:
    • None


    My Thoughts:

    This one I had a hard time keeping my interest in. I found I didn't care about the characters or the story line. The best thing about this one was the Three Stooges. Unfortunately they are only side characters in this one so they really don't have that much screen time. I doubt I will be giving this one a second view. No big deal if you miss this one.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #57 on: November 19, 2017, 01:34:48 AM »


    The Three Stooges: Grips, Grunts and Groans
    When the Stooges get a prizefighter drunk, Curly has no choice but to step in and take his place inside the ring.

    My Thoughts:
    This was a really fun short The Stooges are slapstick at it's best.  Sure they did the basic same thing with boxing (this time with wrestling) but I found I really didn't mind. After a few of the Stooges full length movies it is good to see some early stuff with Curly.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #58 on: November 19, 2017, 01:59:05 AM »


    The Three Stooges: Dizzy Doctors
    The Stooges' wives have issued a warning: you snooze, you lose. So they get a job selling a miracle medicine, but it'll be a miracle if they can sell it.

    My Thoughts:
    I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I do think it is the first time I ever seen the Stooges have wives. This one not only had the slapstick they are famous for... but lots of chase scenes that I enjoyed as well.

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    Re: November Movie Marathon: Classic Comedy Greats
    « Reply #59 on: November 19, 2017, 02:19:42 AM »


    The Three Stooges: Three Dumb Clucks
    Their father's plan to marry prompts the Stooges to break out of jail to save him from himself...and, it turns out, from his intended's dangerous posse.

    My Thoughts:
    There is some fun here. But not quite as good as the last couple I watched. Though I must say I did like the duel role for Curly.

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