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Everything posted by rajmct01

  1. I also remember The Late Show and the Million Dollar Movie in California. For me it was Godzilla, King of the Monsters that they showed twice a day for a week. Until TCM came along, this was the only way to see Classic movies.
  2. I just cried when I saw the TCM tribute today. He brought such knowledge about classic movies. He knew major stars of movies and television that I grew up watching, and the wonderful back stories behind these shows. Many people I saw on television had wonderful screen careers that I knew nothing about until I discovered TCM in 1998. He is with Debbie Reynolds now, his dear friend who advised him to wait until TCM got started. Thanks for so many memories, Robert.
  3. I just saw Beach Blanket Bingo again. They did a wonderful spoof of silent film slapstick with a face-paced chase with cars and motorcycles to save a kidnapped girl. She was going to be sawed in half by the villain. Buster Keaton was in it and had not lost his touch.
  4. I just saw the entire movie. The opening scene reminded me of Ted on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Seeing the entire movie made the scene of the battle of the networks even funnier. Tim Robbins pushing Christina Applegate into the Kodiak Bear exhibit was so contrary to the idea of PBS. I see they had a real TV reporter at the Panda exhibit. I wonder how the network anchors took to this movie?
  5. Thanks for the technical line ups for the jokes. Everything moves so fast in a movie, you do not see the careful staging used. I was not familiar with Charlie Chase. He is very Hal Roach. I feel fortunate that as a child I got to see many of these great comedians' work on TV. It was all new to me, and I loved it. I took the Film Noir course last year. I look forward to the next offering by TCM.
  6. This was not covered as a clip, but it is a classic slapstick bit. In The Philadelphia Story, Cary Grant walks out of his house carrying two suitcases. He goes down some steps to his car. Katherine Hepburn follows quickly behind carrying his set of pipes and golf bag. She drops the pipes on the steps. Then she takes a club out before dumping the rest at the bottom of the stairs. She breaks the club over her knee, turns around, and heads back to the door. He quickly marches after her, taps her on her shoulder, and she turns around. He raises his fist as if to punch her; then shoves he
  7. Sorry I was not clear about this. It was the same props not the sets. Non-professionals in cinema sometimes get terminology mixed up.
  8. How does the spoof style of Ferrell and McKay differ from or compare to the styles of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or the team of ZAZ? Be specific. The scene reminded me of West Side Story. It also felt a bit like Hang Um High. I thinks ZAZ was spoofing TV shows. Mel Brooks was spoofing Alfred Hitchcock. Woody Allen pictures show the same guy (average NY male) put into an odd situation. The character deals with it with his own NY philosophy. New York has more edgy humor.
  9. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. When the car went off down the road, the police were just standing there. That was a spoof of the series that showed inept cops. The scene with the scientist and his gadgets reminded me of spoofs of James Bond. The shoe bit was like Maxwell Smart and Control. I liked the Swiss Army knife joke. I really liked the wall spraying the taggers with paint (what goes around comes around).
  10. In keeping with Gene Wilder's own observations about the writing of this film, how does this scene move between comic subtlety and broad slapstick humor? Be specific. The slapstick appeared in his interaction with the patient. The look on the patient's face after Dr. Frankenstein tried to kick him in the groin. Then after the paitent's was incapable of stopping the blow, his reaction when they took off the metal restraint was agony. Subtle was when the doctor told the attendant to offer the patient another dollar. The student questioning Dr. Frankenstein about his grandfather's work wa
  11. I know the parody is of a militant film. Woody Allen is stuck in this situation that he does not want to be in, but has to go along for the ride. He was satiric when he said "just as long as it was fair" when they chose him to get food. The cafe owner was the straight man as Allen put in this gigantic order for sandwiches.l. They both played it straight as if they were in a New York deli. Then the cut away to show the bags of food everywhere was meant to be absurd.
  12. Mel Brooks actually used the same sets that were used by Universal to make the original Frankenstein. Everything done in Young Frankenstein followed the original film except for the addition of Frau Bleuker and the assistant. Using black and white really emphasized things.
  13. The color was really nice. The lighting looked like you are in a trailer with only candlelight. When she falls out of the trailer into the mud, it gave the impression they put some type of bungee cord on her to make her fly backwards.
  14. . Peter Sellers added the clumsiness of Clouseau while he is trying so hard to be taken seriously. Previously you did not have sound. Now the verbal adds to the scene.
  15. 2. How is the building used to support Tati's physical comedy? The camera remains stationery. You see him visually through windows, climbing stairs, and going outside. He is a polite man and friendly with his neighbors. The sound is abstract with voices. His other films just have the din of voices. You are watching his performance. When he manipulates the window, you think it is because it is not working correctly. Then you see the bird in the cage and how the light shining on its cage makes it sing.
  16. I was very fortunate that I saw The Pink Panther when it came out. There were sophisticated people all around and this buffoon trying to catch a jewel thief. In A Shot in the Dark, the scene where they are driving in his car, and are naked, and can be seen from an adjoining bus is nothing I have seen anywhere else.
  17. One thing the Long Long Trailer gave us was a view of Lucy and Desi in color and the same costumes she wore on the I Love Lucy set. Also her actions in the movie (hiding all the things they picked up) while they climbed up that steep grade and Desi's reaction is believable.
  18. 3. What are some of Lucille Ball's contributions to the history of slapstick comedy, and how does Minnelli use her physical comedy in this clip? The Fuller Brush Girl is really funny. The scene where they are hanging from the bananas on the boat and a big spider is there is classic. Also her getting stuck between two life preservers and rolling back and forth on the deck is hilarious. Lucy loved performing in front of audiences. So Desi had a set built with bleachers so the audience could see. He also filmed using 3 cameras. This is still the format used for situation comedies tod
  19. His comments are interesting about slapstick transitioning from the 40's to the 50's. The emergence of television played a part. I did not get to hear radio shows--just before my time. But I have watched TV since the mid-50's.
  20. I really enjoyed this clip. I had not noticed the beauty of these opening slides. The Great Race had so many elements to get immersed in. I love Jack Lemon's laugh as Professor Fate was great. And Peter Falk was so funny as his sidekick. The Great Leslie was really the straight man for everyone.
  21. For those of you more familiar with the overall film career of Abbott and Costello (beyond this brief clip), what do you think is their biggest contribution to physical and/or visual slapstick? Their timing was excellent. And Abbot's straight man to Costello was brilliant. Their routine "who's on first" is classic. It has been used on TV shows in it's original state or a variation.
  22. For those of you more familiar with the overall film career of Abbott and Costello (beyond this brief clip), what do you think is their biggest contribution to physical and/or visual slapstick? Their timing was excellent. And Abbot's straight man to Costello was brilliant. Their routine "who's on first" is classic. It has been used on TV shows in it's original state or a variation.
  23. I was born in 1952. I remember seeing The Little Rascals and Our Gang. Buster Keaton also had a TV show. I started seeing I Love Lucy as reruns. I saw the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour when first shown. The Three Stooges were on. And Laurel and Hardy films were shown. The cartoons of the day also showed slapstick in their episodes. Captain Kangaroo showed funny bits with Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, and Mr. Greenjeans. And I saw at the movies Have Rocket Will Travel, Snow White and the Three Stooges, and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules. The comic routines were new to me. But I liked the charact
  24. Seeing this clip again made me see how long it was--maybe too long. The funniest line is "there's no sanity clause."
  25. A movie that Bob Hope made "Alias Jesse James" has wonderful cameos of western stars from the 50's--a delight for me as a child. They even had Gary Cooper.
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