Classic Comedy

  • Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage

    Don your reading glasses, classic comedy enthusiasts, Here’s more recommended reading from the Bottom Bookshelf: Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage by Robert S. Bader ©2016 Northwestern University Press 544 pages There has been no shortage of books written about The Marx Brothers and their...
  • W.C. Fields Silents Dated and Detailed

    Allow me to extend a hearty handclasp of appreciation to Kino Lorber!  Today they confirmed the release date and provided specs for their upcoming Blu-ray releases of the silent W.C. Fields films It’s the Old Army Game (1926) and Running Wild (1927). Fields is my favorite film comedian, so I...
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

    Kino Lorber Studio Classics recently released five classic Bob Hope comedies on Blu-ray — My Favorite Brunette, Road to Rio, The Lemon Drop Kid, Road to Bali, and Son of Paleface. While I consider The Lemon Drop Kid the least of these films, it seems appropriate to review that title...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: Le Samouraï (Criterion)

    For the release week of 11/14/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: Le samouraï : One of the most requested titles from Criterion gets the Blu-ray upgrade that fans have been longing for!  This ultra-cool existential noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville stars Alain Delon as a quiet French hitman. Additional...
  • The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion

    Don your reading glasses, fellow cinephiles, From time to time, I will use this space to shine a spotlight on various film guides, reference books, and biographies that I feel should be on the bookshelf of every rabid film fan.  Since much of film language and the cult of...
  • Who Done It? (1942)

    Most casual film fans know exactly one Abbott and Costello film — Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.  That’s a fine film and a near-perfect blending of the Universal horror aesthetics and Bud and Lou’s burlesque slapstick.  But, (and I know this is heresy) it is not the team’s best...
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