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  1. I agree with you. Ruby Keeler and the cast are magnificent. 42nd Street was the first Broadway show I took my daughters to. They loved it. Even though it’s been so many years ago, they will say it’s their favorite Broad way show. In our house it was “Mr. Marsh is putting on a show!” It was such fun. I may be way off base, but Eleanor Powell does not inspire me. Yes, she’s a very good dancer, but it doesn’t pull me in like some of the others. 42nd Street is one of my favorite musicals.
  2. There will always be only one Ginger Rogers. I like Ginger best of all with Fred. They danced as one person. I watch their feet.
  3. I found the same thing. I couldn't get to the Tuesday movies and on demand, I'd have to rent them for $3.99 each. In previous courses, the past movies were always free. Something wrong this time?
  4. I always liked this film, but now after watching other Hitchcock film, this does seem a "trifle" compared to his more dramatic movies. I had a feeling that Carole Lombard was over acting, but I'm not a professional actor. It just seemed that way to me.
  5. just watched The Lodger in full on You Tube. It's 90 minutes. It is a Hitchcock masterpiece. I did think it was a bit long and moved somewhat slowly at times, but then I'm judging it from 2017 movies. I enjoy films from 30s because they are fast moving and keeps one fully engaged the whole way through. Still The Lodger is a remarkable story. Also, when I first saw the landlady/mother of Daisy, I thought it was Mary Gordon until I saw a close up. Now on to others. Judy B
  6. Someone already replied that they thought the opening to the Lodger reminded them of "M". I thought the same thing too. Also, Mr. Hitchcock seemed to like to cast blondes throughout his career. In The Lodger, a blonde is murdered and In his first film, The Pleasure Garden, blondes are running down the spiral staircase. His use of camera angles and light and dark help tell his story. I love his films and look forward to watching them in totallity. I would like to watch The Lodger now, but oh well.
  7. May I also add my thanks and appreciation to Dr. Edwards, Vince Cellini, and Wes Gehring for passing on their knowledge for us. I have thoroughly enjoyed this. I have two movies left to watch, take the last quiz and of course the final exam. As CynthiaV said it's been a treat to watch these slapstick films through new eyes. My favorite will always be Charlie Chaplin. Actually, the last film, Sidewalk Stories, reminds me of The Kid. Although, this wasn't as sad as The Kid (I cry my eyes out every time I watch it), but certainly a take off on it. The homeless man, finds a baby, raising it, and then the rightful people show up - in the case of Sidewalk Stories, he finds the mother, and in The Kid, the orphanage reclaims him. I guess it was fitting to end with a silent film as we started with one - Tillie's Punctured Romance. As an aside, I've noticed that while the earlier movies were laugh out loud funny, but without sexual innuendo and language. As we get closer to the current time, there's so much of it, and used to draw a laugh. I will always prefer the earlier films. Again, my thanks to Dr. Edwards and wait to see what you come up with next year (PLEASE?) The insight that Dr. Gehring provided was enlightening and filled in some gaps for me. And another thank you to Vince Cellini and Greg Proops who introduced all the films; like having Ben Mankiewicz intro a film. Thanks to all for adding their knowledge and thoughts too. Best, Judy B.
  8. This clip from Naked Gun starts as a parody to Dragnet, with Nielsen narrating like Sgt. Joe Friday. It then switches to spoof as Nielsen jumps out of the way of his car coming toward him, fires on it, and asks people if anyone caught the license plate; a light humored and senseless scene - funny all the way. It continues the spoof in the lab with the Swiss Army Shoe, reminding me of the shoe with knife in From Russia With Love. The roll of his eyes when he says he has to go inside the building, reminded me of Igor in Young Frankstein, which brings us to Wilder. I consider Brooks and Wilder's approach to slapstick as slapstick, with the character taking prat falls, fast talking (or not) and getting into unbelievable situations. ZAZ's approach combine a few of their approaches, with Drebin walking past the wall on the way to the Laboratory without going through the door, but I see ZAZ's parody more similar to Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (I almost forgot a Mad). Drebin is a bumbling detective in trouble with his boss, just like Clouseau. Peter Sellers is more flexible in his physical activities and violence and doesn't skip a beat. Leslie Nielsen, while a good slapstick comedian, is a bit more reserved in his falls and physical activities. Plus, Sellers uses that hysterical french accent.
  9. Anchorman is an amusing film, and the cast does a great job in getting the jokes across, but I see it as a comedy, not necessarily slapstick. I think the newer films have some elements of slapstick from Chaplin to Keaton and to Chase. Ferrell and McKays style of slapstick involves exaggerated physical activity of the group. I believe Ferrell reminds me more of Charlie Chase. He doesn't do the physical activity of the silent slapstick comedians, like Lloyd. Ferrell's is more verbal than physical. The film, in my opinion, isn't as funny as Young Frankenstein or Bananas. While I'm at it, I may as well add that I didn't like Gumball Rally; It wasn't all that funny, just a car race trying to emulate It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Great Race, which were much funny and more slapstick, and better actors. The cameos save the movie, with hints at previous films. Vince Vaughan and his team circle Ferrell and his team like the old westerns when the native americans circles the wagons. Tim Robbins with the pipe, turtleneck and jacket are very PBS, and I do like the line about taking time off from the donation segment. Of course, Dr. Edwards ( I think) brought out the Planet of the Apes influence with the net corralling someone. Ben Stiller and his hispanic group reminded of Viva Zapata. Who I liked best was Steve Carrell, and it makes sense that he became a super star. The fight scene, I think, had some influence from the fight scene in West Side Story. Ferrell does ask Vaughan if he wants to dance. I can't say with any confidence who influenced Ferrell the most. He's a mixture of all of them.
  10. Young Frankenstein has always been funny - with Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, what else could it be. I like the salutes to the original Frankenstein - the lab, the little girl in the meadow, Wilder's screaming "It's Alive", and the townspeople gathering to go after the monster. My favorite line, from the first time I saw it years ago was Cloris Leachman's "Yas, Yas, He Vas my boyfriend." Igor is pure slapstick with his hump shoulder changing sides, his quick retorts and general physical activities. Great cameo from Gene Hackman, the blind monk. Loved this movie!
  11. The black & white film imitates the horror and otherwise films of the 1930s. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and others were shot in black & white. Black & white is stark, like the noir films in the 40s with angled lighting that sets the atmosphere and tone of the movie, albeit funny this time.The old time horror movies did the same. In that opening scene, he tries to live down his family name and gives a demonstration of voluntary and involuntary reflexes. He stabs himself in the leg, which is slapstick funny, and he dismisses the class. His grandfather's will intrigues him.
  12. Sorry to be a pain - but i can't locate Daily Doozy #13. Is anyone having this problem?
  13. jkbrenna

    The course material on Canvas

    I've printed them out so I read them on paper and then you save the pages. Not sure about downloading.
  14. jkbrenna

    Cameos

    The cameos in both films are terrific, but I would bet there are more in It's MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD than in any other film. I like to watch and go, "Oh, Look who that is." Keep the action going and the audience attentive.
  15. I'm pretty sure I responded to this topic regarding It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World; but I'd like to add that I loved the homages to the silent era comedians. Destroying a gas station looked so much like Buster Keaton. When the cast is hanging from a broken fire escape, I thought of Harold Lloyd; there's so many more that can be cited, but the best was the banana peel on the floor at the very end (salute to Charlie Chaplin). I may have seen these movies in the past when they first came out, but now, through this course, I'm looking at them with new eyes. The actions that transpire, the quick dialog, and bumps along the way. Thanks!

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