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  1. ZAZ does indeed parody and spoof the police genre by putting slapstick humor at a breakneck speed into the beginning of the clip. It starts right up with near miss, hitting garbage cans, over-sized airbags, car rolling, nearly hitting him, his catching car on fire with his gun shots, car hitting fire hydrant and finally car getting away driverless and on fire. Slam Blam from start to finish. Very slapstick. ZAZ's approach and the team of Wilder & Brooks approach are similar in they are both spoofing specific films and genres, Brooks and Wilder with Frankenstein and other Universal Monster movies of the 30's and ZAZ with Dragnet and other police TV dramas from the 60's and 70's. Other than that they see and use comedy and slapstick differtly. Drebin played by Nielsen and Clouseau played by Sellers are very much comedy partners. They are both bumkins that somehow despite their many comical missteps, and lack of real logic or police skill, manage to catch the bad guy and save the day.
  2. I saw "Young Frankenstein" on the big screen. Loved it. Have owned it both in VHS and DVD. Watched a number of times. Its funny. Every time it starts and ends its funny. From the start it reminded me of the old b&w horror movies Both in style, mannerisms, speech and atmosphere. The scene starts with a odd looking old man patient who allows himself to be the victum (butt of joke). You laugh at his near pain and his real pain. Then the doctor says "give him a extra dollar" on his way out. Definantly slapstick that started out subtle. I can not say this any better than the following post. "I think the gags would have worked the same, but the film itself, I don’t think so, solely because this is meant to be a tribute to classic horror. Horror in general was shot and done differently than a movie of another genre, in a way, film noir and horror share this similarity, it not only shoots scenes in a rather dark lighting, but the use of shadows, suspenseful music backgrounds. Black and white coloring in a horror movie tends to add more scare into the movie alone, coloring tends to take away the mystery of what is not ever meant to be discovered." Posted by Desilu19X. This film became great shot in b&w.
  3. I did not know blucher means glue in german. An insiders joke that makes the scene even more funny. Thank you for the info.
  4. I have seen "Banana's" back when it was shown at the theater. Didn't like it then. Nor do I like it now. I found it too forced and not that funny. Yes drawing the unfair short straw was parody. And the food order could have been great parody but missed the mark. I believe the Great Race is a homage to the Sennett and Roach films. I do not believe "Banana's" is. I believe the Great Race is a homage to the Sennett and Roach films
  5. I really agree with you.
  6. Classmate Knuckleheads Return posted "The feel of this scene is reminded me a of a Hanna Barbera cartoon like "Quickdraw McGraw"." I agree and add that it reminded me of many a cartoon set-up from the 1950-1960's especially "Road Runner" where the Road Runner always suceeds and Wilie E. Coyote always fails, usually with something falling on him. Tony Curtis is the hero. We know this because he is handsome, always wears white, has a smlie that sparkles, and has women wanting him. He can do anything that is required of him. Period. Whether escape a straight jacket or save the heroine. Jack Lemmon is the villian. He wears all black, has a evil looking mustach he can twirl, he does not like the hero, and his sidekick is dimwitted. The music and scene without speech plays out like a cartoon or early talkie.
  7. I am a fan of Peter Sellers but not a fan of Inspector Clouseau. The gag with the pool sticks is great. First with the curved stick, his tearing of the pool table cloth, and finally the entire scene of putting his cue in the rack. The set-up of the curved stick makes you ready for the torn pool table top and as the rack scene starts you are ready for a full belly laugh. lumsiness. Peter Sellers plays Clouseau as a bumkin who is more than he appears. You would hope so as the viewer as he is an police inspector. But is he clever or just really lucky. You watch Inspector Clouseau as one watches a train wreck, you can not turn away. His clumsiness is pure slapstick as is the mispronouncing of words. The character is complete.
  8. The building serves as a backdrop and set-up for the scene. Its a odd-looking building which we notice. He has a long walk to the top with many twists and turns which he uses body action to make a slow walk more interesting. The fiddling with the window made me think of Charlie Chaplin and then we see his kindness to the songbird to use the window position to shine some light into its life. From the start to the end where he takes the piece of candy because it was offerrred we are convince this is a kind man who takes life as it presents itself. The walk up the steps more than down, the window scene and taking the candy were the best show of comedy.
  9. I was born in 1951. Grew up with TV and going to the saturday matinee. To this day I can watch the old b&w stuff, with Laurel & Hardy, Abott & Costello, Our Gang, Little Rascals, The Lucy Show, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Jacki Gleason and The Three Stooges, and laugh. Really laugh. Whether it was what they said, how they looked, or what they did (or was done to them) you laughed. Slapstick was a necessity to their comedy. The Long, Long Trailer was great. It was a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was great. And along with several other films this week seen at the theater. And with my family's money limitations at the Saturday matinee. You went with a dollar. Got admission, popcorn, a cold drink and a good time. And for all the great movies the comedies are the ones I watch over and over through the decades.
  10. I enjoy cameos especially if I recognize who's doing the cameo. Kind of important for a cameo. I absolutely agree with cameos having more of a significance if the viewing audence knows the people doing the cameo. All films rely on the viewing audence having some knownledge of who's who currently for the impact they are shooting for. And as great films age the use of cameos at the time made are more successfull if the viewing audence has aknowledge of the past.
  11. I absolutely agree with cameos having more of a significance if the viewing audence knows the people doing the cameo.
  12. I loved Abbott and Costello as a child. Still do as a adult. Didn't know what "verbal slapstick" was but they had it. Their back and forth was a thing of beauty to watch and hear. They and the Marx brothers grew up in vaudeville. All of them had more than just the physical routines to their comedy. They had words. Words that made them all the funnier. The Marx Brothers more sarcasim and fast talking. Abbott and Costello told stories with their exchanges. made you listen. I do not believe Wes Gehring is completely right or wrong about contemporary comemedy. Martin and Lewis were a great comedy team that reminded me of Abbott and Costello. The modern movie "The Blues brothers" used verbal and physical slapstick. Problem is there is not enought of it. Filthy words along do not make comedy and too, too much of todays comedy is that. Schock value alone. Laughing during a comedy is hit and miss today. You walk into a theather or rent a video hoping you get to laugh. Not so when you watched people like Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, Lucy and Ethel, The Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, Red Skelton, and even Bing Crosby and Bob Hope with "The Road Pictures".
  13. Try "The Red Green Show". It started as a shoestring-budget public television program about a merry bunch of misfits in the Canadian wilderness…and it pretty much stayed that way. For 300 episodes, Red, his nephew Harold, and the Possum Lodge gang celebrated doing what men do when women aren’t around-and some things that are even worse.
  14. 1. Compared to the last two Daily Doses, how does W.C. Fields verbal slapstick compare to and/or differ from Charley Chase and the Marx Brothers? Dave Lightfoot pointed out, W.C. Fields is more verbal than physical. Different than Groucho or Charley. He's more of a bumbling buffoon in the guise of an upright gentleman whose not afraid to go off with the mouth, and his accent is very iconic. Fields verbal slapstick is paced to make you listen for the barb, the on-liner and the sarcasim. 2. Based on Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick, what are some of the characteristic verbal "gags" that you noticed in watching this clip? Feel free to share some of your favorite lines from the clip as well. Fields is very sarcasic which also seems to be normal for the character, that inself is funny. I enjoy his slow delivery that you have to listen to. He says names incorectly especially the tools during the car scene. The way he compares the boys name when introduced to a bubble bath. And the drink order at the bar when you finally realize the water part was to wash his hands. All verbal gags. The sight gags a hoot. Cig hiden in the mouth, then getting kicked to reveal the hidden smoke. The car driver stepping on his foot. The big pot he picked up to throw at his daughter.
  15. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? I believe the definition fits very well when used to describe The Marx Brothers. Panel member Bgeorgeteacher wrote "Dale's definition of verbal slapstick feels as though it were built around the Marx brothers. The verbal comedy, the words, the scenes,..... they all hit the viewer at breakneck speed. This isn't the type of movie that you can watch passively. Your brain must be alert and completely focused on what is being seen, what is being said.... or you might just miss something." Could not say it better than that. 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? Both Groucho and Chico start pointing out things in the contract they don't like, each in turn rip a clause out until the only piece left is the end of the gag clearly showing the repetitive and physical part of the gag. Chico's accent, the mutual combacks at each other and Groucho's sarcasm are all verbal slapstick. I laughed outloud watching the clip. 3. Which of the five conditions we associated with visual slapstick comedy (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent) remain operative in the use of verbal slapstick in the movies? There is nothing painful/violent. Only 4 of 5 used.

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