Posted 22 September 2016 - 08:56 AM
As television began to rival film, it also ignited an influence over film as a medium, as some major stars lent their talents to the "small" screen and vice versa. An attempt is made with The Three Stooges in bringing them into the forefront of the modern times in the clip from Have Rocket, Will Travel. Their gag is still the traditional knockabout routine involving a hammer and, of course, the heads of each Stooge.
However repetitive, these types of gags always bore a relevance and never veered into an antiquated territory of comedy. Which brings me to the second clip presented, The Great Race, and the classic pie in the face.
This particular comedic routine I liken to a pie in the face gag on cocaine. It's an entirely silly, high octane scene involving tens of characters, some of which, are irrelevant to the plot. The multitude of people is purposed to create a massive feel of this quintessential gag. The characters are used to craft, then heighten the epic scaled pie war, additionally queued by inciting slapstick(esque) music.
Evolving gags also evolved with film and television, as noted by Dr. Edwards. This rousing pie battle is colorfully amusing with its bountiful richness of the rainbow-like spectrum. Television and film merged seemingly into one big spectacle during the 1950s and 60s, as the past paved way to the future.