Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No Smoking


In The Duck Hunter (1922), Billy Bevan's efforts to enforce a "no smoking" policy in his barber shop lead to a surreal battle of wills with Jack Cooper. 

The routine was later reprised by the Three Stooges in No Dough Boys (1944). 

But, interestingly, the Stooges did not borrow this old comic business outright.  They started out with another routine that, although similar enough, maintained a distinct identity of its own.  It was over a span of eight years that the two routines finally merged into one.  If I was a wise old professor, I would call this comedy convergence.

Movie Maniacs (1936) 

Three Sappy People (1939) 

So Long, Mr. Chumps (1941)

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