Monday, November 10, 2014

The 100th Anniversary of Ham and Bud

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Ham and Bud (Lloyd Hamilton and Bud Duncan), who began their partnership playing inept janitors in Lizzie the Life Saver (1914).  Ham and Bud had a relationship that was more distinctly developed than other comedy teams of the period.  They were as close and dysfunctional as most brothers, which means that they could be fiercely jealous of one another in one moment and then be fiercely protective of one another in the next.  So many comedy series of the period were random in their efforts to get laughs, but the Ham and Bud series was able to rely on its lead characters' well-defined relationship to stay on a reasonable and steady course during its prolific 3-year run.

Happy anniversary, boys!

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