Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy  play a unique game of golf in Great Guns (1941)
The comedy team of Bennett and Williams appeared in Romford, Essex, for a charity golf match to aid the Romford Victoria Hospital.  Bennett stands in the background while radio star Tommy Handley takes his place in a well-established golf routine with Williams.  Williams instructs Handley to address the ball.  Handley says to the ball, "Hello darling, how are you this afternoon?"  Williams tells a joke about a dentist playing golf and asking the hole to "open wider."  Williams takes his first swing at the ball only to lose his balance and fall to the ground.

Charity Golf Tournament in Romford, 1938

Golf routines were popular in vaudeville and the English music hall.

In the United States, W. C. Fields developed a popular golf routine that he performed many times on stage and screen.

I wrote before on this blog about the famous golf routine from The Honeymooners ("The Golfer," 1955).

Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland in MASH (1970)
 A funny round of golf has been enacted by a wide range of comic characters, from Goofy. . .

 . . . to Bill Murray.

Chevy Chase and Bill Murray in Caddyshack (1980)

Even in the modern century, in which so much of the world has changed, a comedian can always muster a few laughs by taking a detour to a golf course.

Stuck on You (2003)

Who's Your Caddy? (2007)

Old Dogs (2009)

I Love You, Man (2009)

Hall Pass (2011)

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Let me end today's article with a couple of golf-themed gag photos.

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