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I have a question that MerryCarey or Mr. may know. I'm listening to the audiobook of Jerry Lewis' book about him and Dean Martin. Anyway, he references some other old comedy teams and I want to see some of them. One of the teams is Smith and Dale. Do you know if any of their footage is on DVD or available commercially? I've read about them, and I would love to see them! I'm searching the web for any of their stuff, but thought you and Mr. may know more. Thanks!
For the best info, there's a chapter about Joe Smith & Charlie Dale in Leonard Maltin's book "Movie Comedy Teams." (Unfortunately, it's at home and I'm at the office.) A quick look at IMDB shows that they appeared in films from 1929 to 1931, mostly in early sound shorts. I believe they first made their mark in vaudeville. Their best-known routine is "Doctor Kronkheit and His Only Living Patient," which was on an album of vintage comedy performances that I had when I was a kid (and was later issued on LP). It's heavily accented "immigrant" comedy.

--Are you the doctor?
--I'm the doctor.
--I'm dubious.
--I'm glad to know you, Mr. Dubious.
etc.

You might try searching audio as well as video for a sample of this team. YouTube has "What Price Pants?" and their firehouse routine (from a 1950 TV variety show).

Trivia: The comedy team in Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" was loosely based on Smith & Dale.
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Yep! They ruined that station. That was the first channel where I saw many L&H films. One year, it was one a Sunday, they had a marathon and I saw Sons of the Desert for the first time. They used to have great presenters, too, and film intros in great old movie palaces. Now, they run some crappy pictures and they are full of commercials. I never watch it.
AMC had to abandon their original format, as they had an extremely limited library, & couldn't begin to compete with TCM. If not for their original series, they would not be on the air anymore, because their current library is updated, but still quite limited.
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AMC had to abandon their original format, as they had an extremely limited library, & couldn't begin to compete with TCM. If not for their original series, they would not be on the air anymore, because their current library is updated, but still quite limited.
That's such a shame, when there are so many (now) little-known but wonderful movies in the vaults. I suspect studios/copyright owners don't like to invest in making broadcast masters of rarities featuring names that aren't widely known today. Sadly, that means these films/actors are unable to be discovered by younger generations. Having friends in the film-collecting community, I'm lucky to see marvelous films that the general public doesn't have access to (collectors own authorized 16mm prints, but the titles have never been released to video), and sadly aware that the public will probably never have the chance to see them. TCM has access to the Universal vaults, but haven't bothered to bring out some gems that have long been gathering dust and are overdue for public showing.
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Originally Posted by MerryCarey View Post
That's such a shame, when there are so many (now) little-known but wonderful movies in the vaults. I suspect studios/copyright owners don't like to invest in making broadcast masters of rarities featuring names that aren't widely known today. Sadly, that means these films/actors are unable to be discovered by younger generations. Having friends in the film-collecting community, I'm lucky to see marvelous films that the general public doesn't have access to (collectors own authorized 16mm prints, but the titles have never been released to video), and sadly aware that the public will probably never have the chance to see them. TCM has access to the Universal vaults, but haven't bothered to bring out some gems that have long been gathering dust and are overdue for public showing.
There are so many movies I have read about that I would love to see. I keep hoping that something will change one day, but I know the market just isn't there for these rare films to be released.
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I have been listening to an audio book by Jerry Lewis about his relationship with Dean Martin. I'm a HUGE Dean fan, but not so much a Jerry fan. In fact, I really haven't seen that many Martin and Lewis films. But, this book is making me want to watch some of them and give them another shot. Dean was very funny, but doesn't seem to get credit for it as he's looked at as a singer who made movies. He was a good actor in my opinion, and a ton of fun to watch.

The Martin and Lewis films have been released on DVD but only in box sets and they are hard to come by and expensive. I wish they would get single releases. It doesn't seem as if TCM shows them often, either.
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I have been listening to an audio book by Jerry Lewis about his relationship with Dean Martin. I'm a HUGE Dean fan, but not so much a Jerry fan. In fact, I really haven't seen that many Martin and Lewis films. But, this book is making me want to watch some of them and give them another shot. Dean was very funny, but doesn't seem to get credit for it as he's looked at as a singer who made movies. He was a good actor in my opinion, and a ton of fun to watch.

The Martin and Lewis films have been released on DVD but only in box sets and they are hard to come by and expensive. I wish they would get single releases. It doesn't seem as if TCM shows them often, either.
I agree that Dino can be a VERY funny guy. We got ahold of some videos of his 1960s TV variety show, and he's a hoot in those. The backstory is that he would only do a series on HIS terms, which included insisting that he would not come in to rehearse, but only come in on the day of taping. (He learned his songs on his own during the week.) A stand-in rehearsed with the guests. That led to some funny moments on the show. And he tended to work rather loosely anyway---he had no problem with throwing in ad-libs or unscripted business.

I am not a Jerry fan because of some firsthand accounts that I've heard from two people who have worked with him, one while working on a book about his films, the other one while working with him on a movie.
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I agree that Dino can be a VERY funny guy. We got ahold of some videos of his 1960s TV variety show, and he's a hoot in those. The backstory is that he would only do a series on HIS terms, which included insisting that he would not come in to rehearse, but only come in on the day of taping. (He learned his songs on his own during the week.) A stand-in rehearsed with the guests. That led to some funny moments on the show. And he tended to work rather loosely anyway---he had no problem with throwing in ad-libs or unscripted business.

I am not a Jerry fan because of some firsthand accounts that I've heard from two people who have worked with him, one while working on a book about his films, the other one while working with him on a movie.
Perhaps one day, privately, you can share the Jerry stories. I'd love to hear. Isn't that awful! But, it's hard to pass up some good movie biz gossip. He admits in this audio book that in the past he was a jerk. I hope he's changed, but who knows? I'm guessing his ego is quite large. A little bit of his comedy goes a long way with me. Although I do find the Nutty Professor to be his funniest picture.

I've heard, on the other hand, that Dean was a very nice guy!
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I ordered a new DVD today of some Charley Chase shorts from when he was at Columbia. I have not seen much of his work so I am looking forward to this!
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I ordered a new DVD today of some Charley Chase shorts from when he was at Columbia. I have not seen much of his work so I am looking forward to this!
You're in for a treat, if you like Columbia shorts. (They get a bit noisy and frantic for me, although Chase's aren't as bad as some others.) I prefer his Hal Roach shorts, but any Charley Chase is good for me. He directed shorts at Columbia too, including some for the Three Stooges.

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