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A CELEBRATION OF CLASSIC COMEDY | Receive US

It is a nice time to be a fan of classic comedy, from the silent period onward. A brace of recent Blu-ray restorations and books will make life somewhat brighter for each the novice and the aficionado. Add to {that a} celebratory screening of Harold Lloyd’s Security Final on its hundredth anniversary on the Academy Museum this coming Sunday and see how a lot there may be to cheer about.

LAUREL & HARDY, YEAR ONE: THE NEWLY RESTORED 1927 SILENTS (Flicker Alley)

This assortment, which was previewed on an enormous display on the current San Francisco Silent Movie Competition, is the results of a few years’ effort however positively definitely worth the wait. The unique negatives of Laurel and Hardy’s silent brief topics are lengthy gone, however Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange and Ulrich Ruedel surveyed worldwide archives and personal collections to search out—and in some instances piece collectively, inch by inch—one of the best out there supplies. Thus, we (and a brand new technology) can get pleasure from such hilarious movies as Placing Pants on Philip, The Second Hundred Years and the wonderful The Battle of the Century, with its legendary pie struggle. L&H students Richard W. Bann and Randy Skretvedt take part in commentary tracks and essays for the good-looking booklet that accompanies the 2 discs. The outcomes are breathtakingly good. They even discovered a superb, full print of Fortunate Canine (1921), the Stan Laurel two-reeler wherein Oliver Hardy seems briefly—a coincidence matched solely by the presence of Lou Costello at ringside in L&H’s long-unseen The Battle of the Century (1927). These discs are valuable certainly, and the way acceptable that they arrive to us courtesy of Blackhawk Movies, which made L&H comedies out there to so many individuals within the heyday of 8mm and 16mm gathering.

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STOOGE-O-RAMA (Kit Parker Films)

Eight hours of uncommon Three Stooges footage? That seems like a come-on for a Ok-Tel kind of “biggest hits” assortment…however on this case it’s true. Comedy specialist Paul Gierucki and producer/entrepreneur Equipment Parker have joined forces to assemble a dizzying array of Stooge materials, a lot of which was new to me—even a re-edited model of a TV particular I appeared in almost forty years in the past referred to as STOOGES: THE MEN BEHIND THE MAYHEM. Among the many goodies are unique trailers for characteristic movies wherein the trio appeared, colour home-movie footage of Moe, Larry and Joe Besser (!), uncooked footage of Moe and Shemp frolicking with Broadway refrain ladies in a swimming pool, a hitherto unknown Van Beuren two-reeler referred to as EVERYBODY LIKES MUSIC that includes Shemp, a handful of TV commercials, a Jack Linkletter interview with the “new” Stooges from 1960, a chat present hosted by Dave Barry wherein Moe will get to play raconteur, and far, rather more. I’m completely happy to have all of this plus interview footage with kinfolk and descendants and a seemingly unending provide of odds and ends gathered in a single 3-disc assortment. It’s actually a cornucopia that no Stooge fan ought to be with out.

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RAYMOND GRIFFITH: THE SILK HAT COMEDIAN (Undercrank Productions)

It has been a long time since Walter Kerr wrote his precious guide The Silent Clowns and prompt that Raymond Griffith was worthy of a spot on the pantheon of nice silent comedians. He stays on the sidelines, partly as a result of it’s not straightforward to entry his finest work—till now. Ben Mannequin has launched a DVD/Blu-ray assortment that ought to win him some new admirers. It consists of one in every of Griffith’s finest silent options, Paths to Paradise (1925), albeit lacking its last reel, one other characteristic (1926’s You’d Be Stunned) that’s not pretty much as good however nonetheless exhibits the star to good benefit, and a video essay by Steve Massa that sums up Griffith’s profession fairly nicely. The pictorial high quality of the options is excellent, due to the Library of Congress scans of 35mm originals, and so they profit from Mannequin’s supportive piano scores. [Not so by the way, Ben is releasing new discs sooner than I can cowl them. Please take a look at his Tom Combine double-feature and a pair of uncommon Frank Borzage silents at www.undercrankproductions.com

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VICTOR MOORE AND HIS KLEVER KOMEDIES by Steve Massa and Rob Stone (Split Reel)

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THE KLEVER KOMEDIES PICTURE BOOK by Rob Stone and Steve Massa (Split Reel)

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POKES AND JABBS: THE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER OF THE VIM FILMS CORPORATION by Rob Stone (Split Reel)

Nobody has executed extra to find, establish and chronicle early silent comedy shorts than Steve Massa and Rob Stone, alone and collectively. Theirs is a distinct segment area however an essential one, as a result of the movies they champion have been uncared for for thus a few years. The one downside will not be having the ability to entry the often-tantalizing brief topics they describe. Lots of them are thought of misplaced, though a handful can be found on-line, thank goodness. Their spirit is invoked within the newest books from this industrious duo, that are crammed with stills, body enlargements, and tantalizing posters.

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THE ANNOTATED ABBOTT AND COSTELLO: A COMPLETE VIEWER’S GUIDE TO THER COMEDY TEAM AND THEIR 38 FILMS by Matthew Coniam and Nick Santa Maria; foreword by John Landis

In case you are hungry for element and evaluation of Abbott and Costello, this guide was written with you in thoughts. Co-author Nick Santa Maria is a lifelong performer and posits that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had been underrated as actors; that’s what made their routines each humorous and memorable. He builds a powerful case for that premise alongside together with his British colleague Matthew Coniam. Not solely do they chart Bud and Lou’s profession on display; they break down each burlesque routine they drew upon of their characteristic movies and subsequent TV collection. At 482 pages there may be little if something neglected as regards to A&C, leaving the reader (particularly a newcomer to the flock) with loads of meals for thought.

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