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Vintage Film

Discussion in 'Christmas Together' started by Ryan, Feb 26, 2013.



  1. Ryan

    Ryan Christmas Podmaster Christmas Crew MMC Lifer MMC Donor

    Just in case we are cluttering up the Countdown thread with our vintage movie talk, here's a thread where we can post to our hearts' content!
    Merry Carey seems to know a lot about all kinds, but very sharp when it comes to classic comedy teams. So, who are your favorite teams?

    I like Laurel and Hardy the best, followed by A&C and the Marx Brothers. The Three Stooges are by far my least favorite, and for me a little bit of them goes a long way.
     
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  2. MerryCarey

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    Thanks for kicking this off, Ryan---I'll try not to make you regret it!

    I like all of those, and also agree that, for me, I like the Three Stooges in small doses. In fact, most of Columbia's comedy shorts come off as a bit loud and brassy to me, although I will sometimes sit still for one or two at a time.

    I also like some more obscure comedy teams that most folks haven't seen, including Wheeler & Woolsey, who were known for being pretty risque in pre-Code comedies. Their films ran the gamut from adaptations of Broadway musicals (like "The Cuckoos") to mainstream comedies (like "Caught Plastered" or "Kentucky Kernels") to totally, outrageously nuts (like "Diplomaniacs" or "Cracked Nuts"). They've been hard to find for a while, but some of their films are now available on Warner Archive DVDs.

    And don't forget some of the radio comedy teams that made movies: Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy---even Fibber McGee and Molly made a few movies.
     
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  3. mgramsey

    mgramsey Rudolph's Groomer MMC Lifer

    I'm a westerns guy. Growing-up we went to the drive-in most weekends to see the latest western (guess I'm showing my age). I am a huge John Wayne fan. Our son Ethan is named after the character Wayne played in my favorite move of all time; 'The Searchers'. 'Gunsmoke' is by far my favorite TV series of all time.

    I currently have satellite radio and enjoy the old time radio shows. The radio version of 'Gunsmoke' is great. I also enjoy the Jack Benny Show, Lum and Abner, Fibber McGee & Molly, Bob Hope Show, The Six Shooter, Bing Crosby Show, etc.

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  4. MerryCarey

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    Mr. surprised me by showing me a 1940s Western movie (I think it was "Singing on the Trail") with a good-looking singing cowboy played by ... Ken Curtis! I couldn't believe that that clean-cut young cowboy was the same actor as frowzy ol' Festis!
     
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  5. Ryan

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    I'm a huge western fan, too! My favorite movie of all time is "El Dorado" with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. I can pretty much quote it line for line. I recently purchased the Blu-ray of "Hondo" and it looks amazing. That's one of my favorites, too.

    Is The Six Shooter the OTR show that had James Stewart?
     
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  6. Ryan

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    TCM ran a Wheeler and Woolsey film a while back that I saw, and there were some very funny lines in it I remember. Now that you mention the pre-code stuff, it seems like I do remember an innuendo that I was a bit surprised by. I can't remember the name of it.

    Speaking of OTR comedians, not part of a team, but I did buy Fred Allen's movie "Its in the Bag" on Blu-ray last week, but have not had a chance to watch it. Have you seen it? Is it any good?
     
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  7. Ryan

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    If I'm not mistaken, he sings in "The Searchers," too. He's pretty good!
     
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  8. MerryCarey

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    Could have been almost any of them! Their stuff was pretty tame by today's standards, but was pretty shocking then. Along the lines of "Animal Crackers," when Groucho says, "We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed ... but we're going back in a couple weeks ..."

    I don't remember seeing it ... let me know what you think. I do like Fred Allen. I haven't seen much of his film work beyond a couple of his one-reel Vitaphone shorts. It's good to know that some of the more "obscure" films are getting an airing on Blu-ray. We don't have a Blu-ray player yet, 'cause we still have an non-HD analog TV. I've heard there's a mouthwatering Blu-ray of Buster Keaton's "The General."
     
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  9. Ryan

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    That line from Animal Crackers just made me laugh. Groucho could be risque, from what I understand (I've read some of his personal letters...I've heard he could cuss like a sailor, too).

    From what I understand, this is Fred Allen's only starring role in a feature film. I'll let you know what I think.
     
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  10. Ryan

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    I know they aren’t categorized as a comedy team, but one of my favorite teams is William Powell and Myrna Loy. Powell and I share a birthday.
    The two worked great together and I have all of their stuff on DVD save for one film.
     
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  11. mgramsey

    mgramsey Rudolph's Groomer MMC Lifer

    Yes about the Six Shooter. Stewart only did it one year. It has a great Christmas episode.

    Hondo is a great movie. Except for some of the early grade B westerns, I have all of Wayne movies. He was my hero.
     
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  12. mgramsey

    mgramsey Rudolph's Groomer MMC Lifer

    Ken Curtis was with the singing group "The Sons of the Pioneers". He sang in several Wayne moves including Searchers and Rio Grande.
     
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  13. caninemom3

    caninemom3 MMC Christmas Angel (1954 - 2013) MMC Lifer MMC Emeritus Member

    There are so many classic movies I love. One of my very favorites is the original True Grit with John Wayne. Believe it or not I didn't like the new version with Jeff Bridges, (right ??) The Duke just had a way of delivering lines.

    There is a Western which is not a true "classic" but I really love it. It is very short and it is called Purgatory. It is a Western with a really neat twist.

    As far as comedy teams, I love all the teams mentioned previously but two people I love to see together though they were not a team was Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. My Favorite Wife is so fun. I loved that Cary Grant could be in funny films AND drama films. He cracks me up completely in Arsenic And Old Lace and Monkey Business was such a hoot !! xo
     
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  14. MerryCarey

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    Above the piano we have MGM lobby portraits of Powell and Loy. Mr. found them at a yard sale long before he met me, and had them cleaned up and framed. Years later a friend gave us a Robert Benchley short for Christmas where he goes to the movies. There on the wall of the lobby are the same two portraits! It was a strange feeling to see "our" pictures in a movie! I'll take a picture of them sometime so you can see them. They're not valuable, because they had to be trimmed a little because of the damage and wear on them. But they're beautiful.


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  15. MerryCarey

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    I read the original book of "True Grit" last year---it's wonderful. So is the book on which "Paper Moon" was based. In some ways, that one is better than the movie.


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  16. MerryCarey

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    Just finished watching a very good documentary about Clara Bow. What an extraordinary talent, and what a tragic life. Read her bio by David Stenn for the true story instead of the mythology and hype.


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  17. Bradmac

    Bradmac It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! MMC Lifer

    Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.

    Don't be dissin' my boys! The Stooges (with Curly, and sometimes Shemp) are the BEST! My phone's ringtone is them singing "Hello, hello, hello...HELLO!"
    Don't make me sic Moe on you!
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  18. MerryCarey

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    Whoa ye'se'f, not dissin' the Three at all! I have a ton of respect for those guys. The original three worked their way up from vaudeville. The team were Columbia short-subject stars and specialties in feature films for decades, and Columbia kept their short-subjects department open for them to continue making comedies when other short-subject units were closed down at the studio. They have the longest-lived continuous popularity of any comedy team that ever laid an image on nitrate. That's an amazing track record for ANY show-business act. But for me personally---well, one Columbia comedy directed by Jules White is about my limit. Just a matter of taste. Long live your boys!

    P.S. I have their Alphabet Song on my MP3 player. They learned it from (director) Charley Chase---his babysitter (governess? nanny?) used to sing it to his girls.
     
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  19. Ryan

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    I can handle some Stooges sometimes, they just aren't my favorite. Did you see the recent remake? My son wanted to watch it and he liked it. So, it got him wanting to see the REAL Stooges. Even though they aren't my favorite, i was glad! Anything that gets my boy into B&W comedy shorts is okay by me.
    But I second MerryCarey...Long live your boys! :dance:
     
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  20. Ryan

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    PS...one of my goals in life, on my bucket list, is to be a "fake Shemp" in a movie. Do you know the story behind the fake Shemp?
     
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