After a giant Thanksgiving feast and rooting for the home-team, there’s nothing like the classic sight-gags, clever dialogue, and situational comedy of old movies to shake down that full stomach with belly laughs.
This week, MovieZoot.com features four classic comedic actors doing what they do best, with the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers from 1930; Will Rogers’s unforgettable Life Begins at 40 from 1935; Danny Kaye’s insanely silly The Inspector General from 1949; and Bob Hope’s sarcastic asides in The Lemon Drop Kid from 1951.
So, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and have a few laughs on us!
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is a black & white 1930 Pre-Code Marx Brothers comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. The film stars the four brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, with Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont. It was directed by Victor Heerman and adapted from a successful 1928 Broadway musical of the same title by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, also starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont. As a Pre-Code film, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, subject matter often included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence, and homosexuality – many of which can be observed in this bawdy production.
Life Begins at 40
is a 1935 black & white George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell and Jane Darwell where a newsman bests a hard-nosed banker and clears a youth framed for bank robbery. This movie, along with other Will Rogers vehicles were generally set in small-town America, where residents all know each other, and picnics, hog-callings, and hayrides are the order of the day. The bucolic settings evoke nostalgia for an idealized time or place that never really existed. Kinda’ like the falsely sentimental olden days when America used to be great!
The Inspector General
is a 1949 Henry Koster musical comedy starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart and Barbara Bates. In this farce, a snake-oil salesman that is too honest for his own good gets fired and wanders into a strange town where he is mistaken for a diplomat and must keep up the charade of refinement through numerous attempts to assassinate him by the town’s people – until the real Inspector General arrives! Assuming a false identity always has its perils but one’s true colors always reveal themselves!
The Lemon Drop Kid
is a 1951 black & white Rom/Com Musical directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell and Andrea King telling the Christmas Season story of the trials and tribulations of a racetrack tout (Bob Hope) who has a month to pay back his gambling debts to a gangster (Lloyd Nolan) lost on a bad tip. Hilarious fun as a con man cons a con man in the indelible style of Bob Hope – and of course there’s a dame!