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Herb Jeffries – the black Roy Rogers

Back in the 30s and 40s a few cowboy films were made with exclusively black actors and Herb Jeffries, who was already a popular singer was tabbed to be the hero of these films click here

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The Thin Man

I watched After the Thin Man last night and once again laughed at the gags, pratfalls and overall humor of the film while at the same time trying to figure out “who dunnit”.  Myrna Loy and William Powell have such … Continue reading

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A Pie in the Face

According to Capra, it was a pie in the face that was the first gag in film, Fatty Arbuckle, it was said could throw pies the best.  But if you want to see pie throwing at the it’s greatest and … Continue reading

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Frank Capra

I’m now reading his autobiography and discovered that he was instrumental in the success of the Hal Roach studios and many comedies in the late 20’s and early 30’s.  His film “It Happened One Night” was the first to receive … Continue reading

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Here’s a very funny and star studded cast made in the 30s – only 20 minutes

A star-studded comedy short from the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Wallace Berry, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Barbara Stanwyck, Fay Wray, Joe E. … Continue reading

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Comedy

I’m thinking that my idea of looking at comedy through the ages in film is still a good idea and is the leading contender for the themes this coming Fall.  With that in mind, here’s a good look at why … Continue reading

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W C Fields on the Marx Brothers

He said that The Marx Brothers were the only act he couldn’t follow on the live stage. He is known to have appeared on the same bill with them only once, during an engagement at Keith’s Orpheum Theatre in Columbus, … Continue reading

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