Saturday, December 10, 2011

"If I could walk that way I would not need talcum powder!"



Here are four versions of the classic "Walk this way" routine.


Is My Palm Read (1933)

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 In Society (1944)

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Don't Throw That Knife (1951)

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

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A variant routine involved a dance instructor who loses control of their actions while leading students through a dance number and the students, unaware of a problem, blindly follows the instructor's disorderly moves.  Here is a clip that shows Max Linder performing the routine in Max, professeur de tango (1912).  Max, who has had cocktails prior to the lesson, is more than a little tipsy.

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A better known version of the routine, in which a bee flies down the back of the instructor's dress, was performed by The Three Stooges in Hoi Polloi (1935).

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Here is one other version of the routine that turned up on a 1982 episode of Police Squad.

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The Funny Parts, which traces the history of gags and routines, is now available on Amazon.


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