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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. 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
  5. 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 Wild
  6. 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,
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. Sorry to be a pain - but i can't locate Daily Doozy #13. Is anyone having this problem?
  10. 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 qui
  11. The Three Stooges were hysterical. Sometimes a little too violent for me with the hammer and slapping a lot of the time. I understand it's slapstick according to the five conditions. They do exaggerate their actions, especially in the opening sequence when they jump out of bed and are getting their clothes on; they are physical as well as violent, and certainly Make believe in going up in a rocket in 1959. My younger brother, when we were kids, LOVED the three stooges and used to wave his hand in front of my face with the "Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck". It was annoying, so that's my problem with
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