Sunday, August 25, 2013

Spring Cleaning in August

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.

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