I was cleaning out my computer folders and I found film clips, audio clips, screencaps and stills that I thought were interesting.
I don't remember what I had planned to do with these screencaps from Abbott & Costello's The Naughty Nineties (1945). In the first screencap, Lou looks frightened because he suspects he has been served a hamburger made of cat meat. His suspicions seem to be confirmed when he sticks a fork into the hamburger and hears the screech of cat (which actually comes from a cat under the table).
The next screencap is of Lou with a bear. What else needs to be said?
I got these photos from a NitrateVille thread on the Murphy bed in film. The Murphy bed is one of the great props of classic film comedy, which I discuss at length in The Funny Parts.
In the following clip, Australian comedian Frank Woodley has an awkward encounter with a funeral urn during a wake.
When I featured this clip in an earlier post, I failed to remember that a similar routine had been performed by Jerry Lewis in The Patsy (1964).
I posted photos of cutaway sets in a previous post. I want to expand on that post based on new images that I have obtained.
Ship Ahoy (1919)
The High Sign (1921)
Footlight Parade (1933)
The Ladies Man (1961)
Tout va bien (1972)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
I wrote in The Funny Parts about the trapdoor chase that originated in the British theater. Lupino Lane talked about this routine in a 1957 BBC radio interview.
The star trap does look a little scary.
All of this cleaning and organizing has exhausted me. I am going to lie down and take a nap.