Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three Chairs for Captain Spaulding!


Sitting down on a chair is a simple process.  A chair is specifically designed with a flat raised surface to allow a person to sit comfortably and take their weight off their feet.  An animal can rest by laying on the ground or cuddling up inside a burrow, but a man is unable to accomplish the simplest task without creating a device to aid him in his efforts.  Unfortunately, these unnatural devices can at times turn on their creators, which comedians are all too happy to demonstrate.  I have no other commentary today.  What else is there to say?  Without further ado, here is a comedian having trouble sitting in a chair.

 Charlie Chaplin in A Day's Pleasure (1919)

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Lupino Lane in Summer Saps (1929)

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 Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) 

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Jerry Lewis in The Patsy (1964)

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 Jacques Tati in Play Time (1967)

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Film historian Dan North was struck by the Play Time scene's "gleaming floors and comfortless furniture."  These same elements were used again by Jerry Lewis in Cracking Up (1983).

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Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

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No comedian liked chairs more than Chaplin.

The Rounders (1914)
 
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The Rink (1916)

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The Circus (1928)

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Modern Times (1936)

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The Great Dictator (1940)

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I have one last clip.   It is from the Marx Brothers' film that inspired the title of this article.

Animal Crackers (1930)

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