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  1. 1. Mel Brooks' 1974 farce, "Young Frankenstein" captures the essence of the classic Universal Studios horror films of the 1930s in many ways- due in part to the black and white cinematography, the setting (the laboratory at Castle Frankenstein in Transylvania), the authentic props that were used in the laboratory sequence, the characters (including Gene Hackman's portrayal of the blind man- in the scene that parodies the scene in the 1935 Universal film "Bride of Frankenstein" where Frankenstein's monster encounters the blind man). Paired with the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, "
  2. 1. Dale's definition of "verbal slapstick" fits well with this classic scene between Groucho and Chico from The Marx Brothers' "A Night At The Opera" (1935)- hands down (with perfect pacing, timing and snappy dialogue). 2. Characteristic "Gags' that were included in this scene from "A Night At The Opera:" A well-rounded mix of puns, one-line references, and chaotic metaphors. 3. For "verbal slapstick," four of the five conditions for slapstick comedy would be used to achieve this (in order to grab the audience's attention), including exaggeration, repetition, make-believe and pain.
  3. One of the all-time great moments in cinematic slapstick comedy, as the Marxes' stateroom scene (in "A Night at the Opera") is one of the essential examples of verbal slapstick. Watched "A Night At The Opera" last night- and as always, highly entertaining! Enjoyed watching W.C. Fields in "The Bank Dick" (1940)- looking forward to the next feature, "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948)!
  4. The slapstick elements of Charley Chase’s scene in the Hal Roach comedy “The Pip From Pittsburgh” that are represented include physical (when his face is being squirted after he inserts a coin, exaggerated (his facial mannerisms throughout the clip), make believe (when he is looking at a mirrored image of himself on another man’s jacket when shaving his face). The only painful element would be when he was squirted in the face. I feel that Gerald Mast’s description of Charley Chase, and that his greatest emotion (in his filmed comedies and shorts) that his greatest strength on the silver
  5. Another exciting and informative episode of "Breakdown of a Gag" (focusing on Buster Keaton's stunts). As one of the geniuses of slapstick comedy, Keaton risked his own life by performing his own dangerous stunts, including the aforementioned clips from "One Week" (1920) and "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928).
  6. Fascinating Breakdown on the physical comedy of Charlie Chaplin (presented by Professor Edwards of Ball State and Vince Cellini of TCM's sister broadcast unit, Turner Sports). If you look closely at the first breakdown (of Chaplin's Banana Peel gag from his 1915 silent, "By The Sea"), after the gag too place (when Chaplin's bowler hat comes off)- it looks like that there is a string attached to his hat- something that I've never noticed before!
  7. I would highly agree with the elements needed for slapstick- exaggeration, ritualistic, physical, make-believe and a hint of violence (non-threatening). On another note, timing and pacing are essential (and crucial) to the art (and perfection) of perfect slapstick comedy. Without perfect timing (and pacing) in slapstick, the audience would possibly lose interest in the film. Quirkiness could also apply to the perfection to slapstick. In my view, I feel that there would be no changes to the current elements of slapstick, I enjoyed tonight's presentation of "The Birth of the Tram
  8. Hi, Everyone! I am honored to be a part of the TCM & Ball State University online course on Slapstick Comedy. I enjoyed watching the first set of films last evening in the network's salute to slapstick comedy. I will be catching up with this course. The first slapstick motion picture, "L'Arroseur Arrosé" (1896, remade in 1897) is significant to the foundations of slapstick comedy, as it was an essential building block for this motion picture genre. In connection to one of Gerald Mast's questions in regards to the short, the comedic discovery of "L'Arroseur Arrosé" occurs when the y
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