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Cavalcade of Comedy (discontinued) (Cavalcade of Comedy: The Paramount Comedy Shorts, 1929-1933)

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Director : (various)
Starring: Ben Turpin, Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Lulu McConnell, Mack Swain, Milton Berle
Country : U.S.
Genre s : Comedy, Family, Short Films, Slapstick
Type: B&W
Year: 1929-33
Language: English
Length: 216
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

SYNOPSIS

Hollywood Boulevard intersects Broadway in this lively collection of classic shorts from the Paramount Studios. In the late 1920s and early '30s -- when the movie industry was just learning to talk -- Paramount wisely turned to the New York stage for a new crop of entertainers who had already mastered the nuances of verbal comedy. This anthology serves as a laugh-filled time capsule of the brightest lights of vaudeville, showcasing the early works of such American legends as Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, Eddie Cantor, and George Jessel (who originated the lead role of The Jazz Singer on stage). It also provides a fascinating historical record of some of the stage legends who have begun to fade from memory, including Lulu McConnell, Tom Howard, and Smith & Dale (the inspiration for Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys).

Also included are Lighthouse Love and Cleaning Up, a pair of Mack Sennett comedies that disprove the myth that sound technology destroyed the slapstick tradition. This DVD reveals three incarnations of a popular subgenre of slapstick, "the home-builder's nightmare": The Plasterers, Plastered, and A Put Up Job. Watching the three films together (made in 1929, 1930, and 1931), one can follow the evolution of vaudeville slapstick to its own truly cinematic form.

Contents:

  • Fit to be Tied (1930, w/ George Burns & Gracie Allen)
  • Getting a Ticket (1929, w/ Eddie Cantor)
  • A Broadway Romeo (1931, w/ Jack Benny)
  • What Price, Pants? (1931, w/ Smith & Dale)
  • It Might be Worse (1931, w/ George Jessel)
  • Sing, Bing, Sing! (1933, w/ Bing Crosby)
  • The Introduction of Mrs. Gibbs (1930, w/ Lulu McConnell)
  • The African Dodger (1930, w/ Tom Howard)
  • Cleaning Up (1930, w/ Chester Conklin, Mack Swain, Gibson Gowland)
  • The Plasterers (1929, w/ Charles O'Donnell & Jack Blair)
  • Plastered (1930, w/ Willie, West & McGinty)
  • A Put Up Job (1931, w/ Karl Dane and George K. Arthur)
  • Lighthouse Love (1932, w/ Franklin Pangborn, Mack Swain, Ben Turpin)
  • Breaking Even (1932, w/ Tom Howard) 100% Service (1931, w/ George Burns & Gracie Allen)
  • Poppin' the Cork (1933, w/ Milton Berle - An Educational Pictures Production)

Produced for video/DVD by Bret Wood | Licensed from the Douris Corp.

REVIEWS

We are to the people of 1933 what the people of 2079 are to us. In other words, far away -- so far away they weren't thinking about us and barely believed we'd ever exist. And yet here we are, privileged to watch them clown and cavort in this comedy collection of 16 shorts, from the dawn of sound through 1933 - San Francisco Gate

Paramount Pictures turned to the established stars of vaudeville for these comedies, and the resulting package is a marvelous peek at a period of theater poorly documented, combined with some of the slapstick of the silent period...An invaluable and hilarious look at early talkie comedy - Digitally Obsessed

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