Friday, September 12, 2014

Stuck Again!

Alan Bunce and Peg Lynch, Ethel and Albert (1953)
Yes, I have found more "stuck" routines!  (See my earlier article at this link.)

Ethel and Albert was a television series about an amiable married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, who lived in the small town of Sandy Harbor.  Radio historian Gerald Nachman called the show "insightful and realistic," but it could also be silly at times.  This was the case in an episode that aired on October 31, 1953.  Albert (Alan Bunce) sticks a pumpkin over his head as a Halloween prank, but the joke ceases to be funny when Albert finds that he is unable to remove the pumpkin. 

The strange and inept Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) gets a holiday turkey stuck on his head in a 1992 Christmas special titled "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean." 

In an episode of The Middle ("Get Your Business Done," 2012), Patricia Heaton gets her arm stuck in a blood pressure machine. 

A 1966 Gilligan's Island episode, "The Friendly Physician," features the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.) getting stuck in stockades. 

Here is the full clip for those who haven't received their fill of madcap humor from the screencaps.

The handcuffs routine, which I discussed at length in a previous article, is a subgenre of the "stuck" routine.  I have come across two more examples of the handcuffs routine.  Louise Fazenda and Clyde Cook accidentally become handcuffed together in A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927).  The actors, who play respectively an old maid teacher and an old sailor, are an unlikely pair, but it creates further disharmony when Fazenda consumes too much alcohol and loses her inhibitions.  The sailor becomes desperate to cut himself loose from his increasingly unruly companion. 

The Three Stooges' version of the handcuff routine was recreated in The Hangover (2009).

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